VISIT TO SEE THE SEALS

It finally came around that that time of year again.  Time to go and see the seals!  It’s great to be able to check on them to see how everything is going.  This is our fifth year visiting them and everything is looking great this year.

When grey seal pups are born they have white fur.  They look at you with big wide eyes and would happily approach you if you let them.  I never let them get too close!  They look playful too!

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As they get a little older, they are bolder are more cheeky and look at the teeth!

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Then after this, they start losing their fur.  I call this “having a bad hair day”

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Here’s an adult female swimming in the sea

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And here’s a bull

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I almost felt like the bull recognised us and I wondered if we had seen it as a pup a few years ago.

I also got a few playful photographs between the bull and female.  I think it was a mating ritual

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The bull definitely looks happy here!

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I have a long zoom lens, so wasn’t standing too close to the seals.  I respect that they need their own space and just love to watch them in their natural environment.  I hope you have enjoyed the blog.  It’s great to be able to share our experiences.

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BLACK AND WHITE FIVE DAY CHALLENGE!

It has been a really busy couple of weeks and I really wasn’t sure what to do the blog on this week.  I then remembered that I had been tagged to do the “black and white five day challenge!”

Thought i’d put a bit of a twist on it and post five black and white photographs I took over the last couple of years, with details of when and where they were taken.  So here goes….

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I took the photograph above at the Helmsdale Highland games a couple of years ago.  Great memories from this day, especially having a huge bowl of strawberries and cream!  What a beautiful car!

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The photograph above was taken at The Mound in Golspie.  It was a beautiful day and I love the contrast in this photograph.

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Photograph 3 is of Bugatti cars.  We were out for a day trip and all of a sudden on the way back about one hundred Bugatti’s went by.  What an amazing sight!!!

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Photograph 4 is still one of my favourites.  It’s of a beautiful seal pup that was very playful.  I just like to sit and watch them, but I have noticed they like to try and approach me.  I never let them get too close!

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Photograph number five was taken at the Paris Photography Workshop a couple of years ago. This workshop was an amazing experience and we met so many wonderful people. (I also tried snails for the first time in my life)  We also met Denise Lawry there, who nominated me for the black and white challenge! :)

Hope you have enjoyed my twist on the black and white challenge and have enjoyed the blog!

Holiday Time

I have been down visiting my dad this week.  We attended a lovely remembrance ceremony:

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I enjoyed a lovely meal out with a friend.  Have been for lots of walks in the park with the dog:

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Have seen some stunning autumn colours:

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And some wildlife:

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Been helping my dad remove the carpets downstairs ready for the new flooring.  A fantastic busy week! :)

Hope you enjoyed the blog! :)

Broch Wedding

Last Saturday George and I were asked to photograph the wedding of Angus and Amanda.  This was a wedding unlike any other and was to be held at Carn Liath Broch.

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We turned up early to have a good look at the light and setting.  It was a lovely mild sunny day.

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Guests started to show and Amanda arrived in a gleaming tractor.

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Some guests were inside the broch and some were stood outside looking down into the broch.

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The vows were exchanged and the wedding completed.

Angus and Amanda's wedding, Carn Liath broch, 2014

This was such a lovely wedding, in the open countryside.

Congratulations Angus & Amanda!

More photos can be viewed here:  http://gmg.photoshelter.com/gallery/Amanda-and-Angus-Nov-2014/G0000Ae6A3n_BdQE/C0000h5WhFE198xs