Waiting for the waves

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A father and his two sons wait for the waves to fill their ‘pool’ – Ebost, Isle of Skye

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A glass full of rainwater 

 

A black and white version of this image was added to my Instagram feed today but I also like this colour version.

The picture is of a table at a fabulous Bric-a-brac place on Skye that is an amazing experience. One visitor I heard used the word overwhelming! Amongst the junk, however, is treasure. People can often be seen looking around clutching the ‘treasure’ that they’ve found. I myself have bought one or two things there over the years.

This image was taken near the wall next to the road. Items are just placed out for sale in a very chaotic fashion – some indoors and others outside where the vases, plates, figurines, sowing machines, tools, tables, etc have to deal with the extremes of Skye’s weather. 

Yep… the glass is actually full of rainwater!

A bit of everything

  
My first week on Skye is over with another week to go and the weather has been as changeable as it gets. Sunny one minute and wet the next.

Just this morning the windows of the holiday cottage showed two distinctly different views – rain and mist through the left window and blue sky and sun through the right!

The photo above is an Tintype edit of a photo posted to Instagram earlier this week. The tintype style seemed to suit the image of Flora MacDonald’s grave.

If you don’t know much about Flora then I’d recommend you have a look as she was a remarkable woman with a life story to match.

Rain over Beinn Achaladair

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Rain over Beinn Achaladair and Glas Bheinn mountains, near Bridge of Orchy in the Scottish Highlands.

Probably my favourite shot from last year, this image sums up the fabulous experience of being in the Highlands. The contrasts of light and darkness really come together to add some drama, even menace, to the mountains. It could almost be a reflection of the history of Scotland as well as the geography. The rain swept across slowly, so slowly in fact that i could take photos and do a short timelapse video on the iPhone.

Rain over the mountains

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Stopping to take the photographs hasn’t been easy. The viewpoint area offers a stunning panorama of the mountains and is always a popular stop with tourists in buses, car, bikes etc.  On several previous occasions (the first there was a lone piper playing – mountains+pipes=perfection) there was literally no room to park a bike, let alone the car, so i had to pass by. Last year i managed to get there earlier at around mid morning, just before the traffic started to build, park up and finally get some shots. You can get a good cup of tea there too!

As a mountain photograph goes, this is the one i have to beat. I have a large print on the wall of this photo, and i’ve also used it as one of the new header images on this blog.  Rain, mist and highland mountains… it just captures it perfectly. Hopefully next time i’m passing, the piper will be playing!