Loch Brora

I haven’t really had much time for photography over the last couple of weeks, so have decided to do a blog on some of the older photographs I have taken, and have picked Loch Brora for my subject.

Loch Brora is a three mile long loch and it is famous for sea trout fishing.  There are many stunning views from Loch Brora.  Below is a photograph I took at Loch Brora in the early morning mist.

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The mist then started clearing and there was some lovely colour.

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Then there are the night time shots.  I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights at Loch Brora in February for the first time in my life.  It was pretty overwhelming.  This was one of the first photos I managed to take:

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Then on February 27th, there was an amazing show of Northern Lights at Loch Brora.  It’s hard to explain how beautiful they are.  The camera does pick up a lot more colour than what is visible to the naked eye, but when the Northern Lights are strong you can see them dancing!

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Can you spot the windsurfer at the Loch?.

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So, that’s my blog for this week on Loch Brora.  Does it make you want to visit? :)

 

Another Fantastic Week

Well, what a terrific week. I headed down to South East England to visit my father and had a great week down there. The weather was hot and sunny and we did some exploring. We headed out to Colchester Zoo and had a brilliant day there. I can’t believe how close you could get to the animals there. I took over 300 photographs! Here is one of a Cherry Crowned Mangabey.

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There were loads of Meercats at the Zoo and they were all trying to dig holes and were enjoying the gorgeous sunshine. I think this one was trying to hide in a paper bag!

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We then spotted a Scarlet Ibis.  What a beautiful bird!

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We then went to watch the Penguins.  They were also enjoying the beautiful weather.  I think they were posing for me in this photograph.

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The Penguins also got some fish to eat.  I think the other penguins were jealous of this one!

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Next we were off to see the Sealions in the underwater tunnel.  It was so peaceful just watching them swim around.

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Here is a photograph of my father in the underwater tunnel.  The light for photography was amazing in there!

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After a 3 am start on Tuesday morning, I am back up in the Highlands now.  Today George and I went for a fantastic walk around the Big Burn. George took this lovely arty photograph of me on the bridge.

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And George took this great shot of the waterfall.

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Have really enjoyed my holiday time! :)

A Walk Up Morven

Last Saturday we went for a walk up Morven.  Morven is the highest point in Caithness at 706 metres, with a very fine and steep sided conical peak.

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We parked the car and started walking.  It was a little marshy and we had to jump over a few streams here and there. We spoke to a couple of people who had spotted an Adder. We missed seeing the Adder, but I didn’t mind that!  When we were about half way up, I took a lovely photograph of the Maiden Pap and George took some panorama shots. The sun shone through the clouds and created some lovely shadows.

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Scaraben and Maiden Pap from Morven

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Then it was a scramble up to the top.  There were lots of loose rocks and it was hard work getting up there.  Finally the summit was in sight. We were so close to the summit and then all of a sudden a really thick fog approached us and covered everything!

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We stayed at the top for a while and then decided to make our way back down.  We could hardly see anything through the fog, so had to be very careful! We descended back down and then had a nice trek back to the car.  There were about 50 deer that scattered when they spotted us.

As we reached the path, the sun was starting to set and there was a gorgeous warm light.  George took this beautiful photograph of the Maiden Pap in the warm evening light.

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It was a really good day out, with us walking from 10 am in the morning until 22:30 in the evening.

An Epic Journey To The North Coast of Scotland

Last Saturday we met up with some friends and started on our journey up to the North Coast of Scotland.  The first wildlife we came across were some stags.  We got to take some lovely photographs of them and a few action shots of them jumping over a fence.  I love their expressions.  Their antlers are just starting to grow back now.

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We drove on a bit further and then George spotted some grouse.  We stopped again to take some photographs.

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As were were photographing the grouse, I noticed a little animal pop it’s head out of a hole.  It was pretty cute and very inquisitive!

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It ran out of the hole and stood up just like a meer cat!

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We later noticed that there was a dead mouse (Weasel’s dinner), and that’s most probably why he was running around watching us, making sure his dinner didn’t go missing!  Could have easily stayed there and watched him all day!

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So, back in the car and off we went once again.  Five minutes down the road we spotted something else.  Still not sure what this is, but either a Mink or Pine Marten.  It didn’t hang around for long and this is the only photograph I managed to get!

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We then drove for a while and it was time to stop for a spot of lunch.  Found a lovely place to stop, looking towards Ben Loyal.

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After lunch was done, we headed off again on our way to Durness.  I spotted some Highland Cows in a field, so just had to get out of the car and explore.  I never get too close to the animals, but I think I made friends with this beautiful Highland Cow!

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Once I had removed the ticks from my trousers, we were ready to head off in the car again.  Next stop was for a hot chocolate at Cocoa Mountain in Durness.  This is the second time I have been there, and was once again, not disappointed.  The hot chocolate was amaaazing!!!  Had to take a photograph of that.  Will be heading back there again soon! :)

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After this delicious treat, we headed to Smoo Cave, just to have a look around.  We didn’t go into the caves this time around, but will plan this for next time!

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A fantastic long day and now time for the drive back.  On the way back, I spotted some Highland Cows on the road. Well, I just had to get out and take some more photographs.  A chap got off of his motorbike and was trying to photograph this beautiful cow, but the cow just kept coming in my direction.

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I kept getting further away, crouching down and taking more photographs, but the cow kept coming towards me.  I’d back off, and again the cow would come closer!

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I did wonder what this cow was so interested in!  I took another few photographs.

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Do you remember the cow I made friends with earlier that day?  Well it’s the same cow!  Look at the horns, the nose, same cow! :)  What a cracking day out!  That concludes the epic day out to the north coast.  Until next week! :)

A Walk Up Ben Bhraggie, Golspie

The blog for this week is about our walk up Ben Bhraggie in Golspie.  It started off as a nice sunny morning as we started our stroll up the Ben.

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There were some beautiful plants and flowers around.  I thought the gorse was looking rather striking.

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Spotted an interesting looking bug on the way up.  I looked it up on google, but not quite sure what it is.  If you know, please tell me :)

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Then it was onwards and upwards.  The sky was starting to get darker and darker and it looked like rain by the time we got to the top.

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Had a great view from where the cycle track went down.

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Had a chat with two chaps that were going to cycle down the track.  One of them had a GoPro camera attached to his helmet.  I would have loved to have seen the video that came out from that!

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So all in all, a good walk up Ben Bhraggie!