Seal Saturday – Foam Party

We headed down to see the seals last Saturday.  It’s great to be able to check on them and make sure all is going well.  I love to sit and watch the seals and learn more about them.

Last Saturday the sea had been rough, there was sea foam everywhere and this is where my story starts………

This beautiful seal pup was laying down minding its own business, when the tide started coming in.  The tide pushed some sea foam into the seal:

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The seal thought nothing of it and turned back round.  Then the wind blew and some foam landed on the pup:

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You could almost see the seal pup thinking, what on earth is this on my face:

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The pup was quite relaxed about it though and put its head back down:

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Then the wind blew again and more foam was blown around the seal:

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It looked like it was having fun, and had a quick glance over at me:

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The pup then rolled on its back and looked at me.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a sight!

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It then rolled back and looked at the foam again:

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You could tell this was one playful pup:

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Then I think the seal was trying to eat the foam:

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And had another glance at me to check if I was still watching:

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And back to being playful again:

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Happy and playful!

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Then the nose went straight back into the foam again:

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And this was the last photograph I took.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  What a beautiful pup!

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It was such a treat to be able to witness this and to be able to photograph it as well!  It is great to see the seals in their natural habitat.

I never get too close though.  I have a good zoom lens and allow them their space.

More seal photographs can be viewed here: http://gmg.photoshelter.com/gallery/Seals-RF/G0000zWO62DGjugY/

Hope you have enjoyed the blog for this week! :)

 

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Beach Walk and the Fantastic Seals

We had our new Leki anti-shock walking poles and were ready for a walk along the beach!

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We walked about two miles.  The tide was fully in, so it was quite hard going, walking on the large stones.  The walking poles were absolutely fantastic and helped a great deal. There were a few seals relaxing on the rocks, but we could see many more in the distance!

We gradually got closer and closer.  The seals were curious and didn’t seem bothered by us being there.  A few of them went to go back into the sea, but then decided to stay put!  There was a mix of grey seals and common seals.

I took this group photo and the grey seals seemed happy to pose.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I had seen some of these grey seals when they were pups.  They just seemed so relaxed.

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Below is an arty shot of one of the grey seals

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Below is a common seal.  It seemed really relaxed as well.

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Photographing seals is such a rewarding experience.  To be able to be close to wildlife is amazing.  I never get too close though and respect their space.

George took this photograph of me photographing the seals.  I’m wearing my Lowepro Slingshot backpack, which is fantastic for carrying my camera in.  Can also fit my lunch in there too!

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I hope you have enjoyed the blog! :D

 

Brora Beach Walk

Last weekend we decided to take a stroll along Brora Beach.  Brora beach is just beautiful and if you haven’t been there yet, it’s well worth a visit!  The weather was gorgeous on Sunday morning and below is a photograph of the beach on a busy day:

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I took the photograph below facing the sun and I really like the contrast.

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We had a good chat to a few people on the beach and I made friends with a dog who constantly wanted to play fetch!  I then thought i’d photograph some footprints in the sand – where do they go, where do they end, who knows?

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I then started spotting lots of interesting shapes in the sand.  I love the sand ripples in the photograph below:

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So many textures and the sun was reflecting off of the sand:

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On our way back, I stopped and looked behind me.  Just look at the view:

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Then looking ahead towards the harbour.  I thought this one deserved to be in black and white.  Maybe a thought of the years gone by:

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Hope you have enjoyed the blog for this week! :)

Time For Sunrise

Well it’s getting towards that time of year again when we see the gorgeous sunrises.

This morning I photographed the stunning sunrise below: Taken with my 40mm lens

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The rays coming through the clouds had turned the sea into a beautiful golden colour.

Here’s one taken with my telephoto lens:

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The photograph below was taken over a year ago:

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And the last photograph is a very colourful sunrise, taken a while ago:

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Hoping for many more beautiful sunrises soon!

Day Trip to Stroma Island

We received an invitation to go on a boat trip to Stroma Island at the weekend from Annemarie, who is a member of The Wick Photography Club.  This was a rare opportunity to explore the beauty and wildlife on the island.  We jumped at the chance.

Stroma is an Island located off the northern coast of Scotland in between the Orkney Islands and Caithness.  Stroma Island has not been inhabited since the 1960’s and now sheep graze there in the peaceful surroundings, along with many birds and seals.  Stroma Island is surrounded by strong tides and many shipwrecks can be found there.  Stroma Island is 2 miles long and 1 mile wide.

We turned up at Gills Harbour and it was pouring with rain.  The trip was nearly cancelled, but everyone really wanted to go, so we went :)

Here’s a black and white moody view:

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George took this beautiful panorama below:

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We sheltered in an old house for a while until it had nearly stopped raining and then we walked to the lighthouse.  The lighthouse is located at Stroma’s northern tip:

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I then took a walk over to the cliffs.  The sea was beautiful and clear and the birds looked like they were enjoying themselves:

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So much wide open space with lots of derelict houses:

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I had to go back and look at that beautiful clear blue sea.  In the photograph below, you can see the bedrock under the water, amazing colours!

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The fulmars were circling around.  I was enjoying trying to photograph a fulmar in flight:

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Just a few steps down along the coast and a Tern hovered above me:

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I was on the hunt for Puffins.  Had seen one briefly on the boat trip over.  I headed back along the path and this bird landed on the fence right beside me:

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Here is the war memorial:

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I don’t think there have been any phone lines for quite some time.  Love these old red phone boxes:

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One of the derelict houses.  It was like going back in time:

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I arrived back at the harbour an hour early, so decided to take a walk along the coast where I hadn’t been.  Spotted a seal enjoying the sunshine!

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Then I found the Kennedy Mausoleum.  I read that due to the constant spray of salt water over Stroma Island, dead bodies were mummified and they were housed in the mausoleum, which was built in 1677.  By 1786 the mummies had been destroyed, by cattle walking through the building, and careless visitors:

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There were a few passing boats, and a few people waving.  Here’s the Orkney Ferry:

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Then it was time for us to board the boat.  Have really good memories of this beautiful island and hope to go over there again soon!  Thanks Annemarie for inviting us and thanks to everyone from the photography club for making us so welcome!

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And do you remember me wanting to take a photograph of a Puffin?  I didn’t get a photograph of one on Stroma, but  I was told where I would find one, and here we go!

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A perfect end to a perfect day! :D

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