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!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North Brora Beach Walk

On Saturday morning the weather wasn’t fantastic, but by Saturday afternoon it had brightened up considerably.  We decided to go for a walk along the beach.  The golden sand looked amazing and the beach is never busy.

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There are a lot of large stones the further north you go and then there are coal deposits.  This is where you start to find fossils.  I photographed these two fossils.

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Had to cross the river, but it wasn’t difficult.

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On the way back I was taking arty shots of the seaweed, when I spotted this.  It really made my weekend!

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Hope you have enjoyed the blog!

Happy Birthday Coco!

Thought i’d do a blog on my cat Coco as it’s her birthday today!  I can’t believe she’s 17 years old!

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I was helping out at a cat sanctuary quite a few years back and ended up coming home with two cats.  I remember sitting in the pen, Coco came over and immediately sat on my lap and purred so loudly.

coco6 I had Coco for about a year and then she went missing.  I was heartbroken.  I registered her as missing and never gave up hope.  People would say, maybe she was hit by a car or something, but I didn’t want to believe that.

About three months later I visited the cat sanctuary where I originally got Coco from.  I had a spare mini fridge that I no longer wanted and they were going to use it to store medication for the animals.  I again mentioned about Coco missing.

About a week later, I had a call from the cat sanctuary.  A family had found a tortoiseshell cat.  They said they thought she was about a year old (Coco was about 9 at the time), but I thought, it just could be her, you never know!

I drove to this beautiful house, and was shown around the back.  They opened the shed door and out popped this tiny tortoiseshell cat.  I looked and looked again.  Yes, it was her!!!  She went to run off and I shouted her name.  She stopped in her tracks, turned around and stared at me.  I picked her up and gave her a great big hug.  She was back, but had lost so much weight!

I took her home and she fell asleep on her back with her legs in the air.  I still treasure the photograph I took of her (see below). She was exhausted!

coco I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful cat.  And she’s cheeky too!

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Here’s Coco checking out a hedgehog and wondering why it is eating her cat food!

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And here is a gorgeous photograph of Coco at Sunrise

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When I come home from work i’m always greeted with lots of meows.  If you have animals, you’ll know how special they are!

Happy birthday Coco and let’s hope for many more!!!

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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