Archive for category: Scotland

Scotland Stone

14 Apr
April 14, 2013

Whether left in its natural state or transformed by hands using crude tools or by skilled stonemasons – in neolithic times, the Middle Ages, the Industrial Revolution and into the 1800’s – Scotland provided some beautiful examples of transformed stone to photograph. These stones contain wonderful colour and texture brought out by light and shadow and you can’t help but reach out to touch and run your hand along the surface. Image of the Horizontal Click Mill, Dounby, Orkney
Brodgar1Ring of Brodgar, Orkney
Ring of BrodgarRing of Brodgar, OrkneyElginWorn Steps, Elgin CathedralEarl's PalaceDry Stone Wall, Earl’s Palace, Birsay, OrkneyBonaweCharcoal Shed, Bonawe Iron Works
Iona GalleryConverted Croft House, Isle of Orkney

Scotland Coastline

19 Mar
March 19, 2013

Okay, there’s been almost 20 cm of snow today here in Ottawa.. enough!  I’m looking back on our Scotland trip. Including the numerous islands, Scotland has over 16,000 km of coastline and. We traveled from the white sand beaches on Iona, Isle of Mull and Skye and through the Highlands to the rugged Orkney Islands. I’m a big fan of ocean views and certainly envy the easy access to photograph the maritime way of life that we saw along the coast of Scotland. Maybe it’s just cabin fever but I’m anxious to pack the photographic equipment and capture more landscapes and seascapes.

Lobster/Prawn Creels, Tobermory

Girl ClaireGirl Claire, Isle of Mull

Iona boatWooden hull of the Iolaire of Iona

StromnessEarly Morning, Stromness, Orkney Islands

Scotland Skyscapes

22 Feb
February 22, 2013

Enjoyed a scenic drive in Scotland, leaving from Glasgow to Oban, Iona, Tobermory, Portree, and then through the Highlands on our way to the Orkney Islands before returning through Inverness, Elgin and Perth. Interesting B&B at the Old Church of Urquhart (1842) with its Gothic design, six-bay buttressed elevation, traceried windows blind in each end bay and built on the high ground known as Gas Hill.  Found one of the nicest hotels in Scotland – the Royal Hotel (1872) – in Tain with canopied beds, lots of dark wood, very quiet rooms and reminiscent of the Victorian era with its French Gothic design.  Stopped near Achncarry to see where commandos trained from 1942 to 1945. Lots of whisky tastings – in Speyside and Tobermory but the Highland Park tour and tasting in Kirkwall was our favourite.

Old Church of Urquhart, ElginScotland HighlandsAchnacarryCRW_4306_2Ruins of Bishop’s House, IonaScotland Highlands 2Achnacarry

Photographed with a Canon 10D, EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 lensImages converted to B&W using Silver Efex Pro2.

Iona Abbey

05 Jan
January 5, 2013

These photographs were taken at Iona Abbey located on the Isle of Iona just off the Isle of Mull on the West Coast of Scotland. This Benedictine abbey date to the 1200’s and parts of the church retains many fine medieval features. The living quarters for the early monks were ranged around a square cloister and the roofs of the four covered alleys are supported on arcades of paired slender columns,  restored in the late 1950s with carvings of birds and flowers. The contemporary sculptor Christopher Hall also worked for many years on carvings on the cloisters of the abbey. There is a very special feel to Iona Abbey. It is a wonderful place to visit and to photograph.

Iona Abbey 1Carvings

Iona Abbey 2Window tracery

Iona Abbey 3St. Oran’s Chapel

Iona Abbey 5Choir

Iona Abbey 6Michael Chapel

Iona Abbey 7Carrara Marble effigies of the Duke of Argyll and his third wife

Photographed with a Canon 10D, EF 24-85 f3.5-4.5 lens.