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Durham Cathedral (N.E. England)

My “better half” and I recently visited North East England. Needless to say my camera gear went with me, but was not used often, as the weather was a bit dull and the quality of light was poor. Fortunately there were the occasional breaks in the cloud cover and I manages to capture a few images when, for a fleeting moment, the light quality improved dramatically.

The image below of Durham Cathedral, was capture about 1 hour before sunset, when the “soft” sunlight illuminated the west facing towers of this beautiful Sanctuary. Building started on this magnificent place of worship in 1093 and was completed some 40 years later.

More detailed information can be found at this link. http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/

Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral


Canal Lock at Fort Augustus

Fort Augustus is one of the most picturesque towns along the length of the Caledonian Canal. On a beautiful autumn day, we spent a quiet hour watching the boats passing through the flight of locks. The image shows one of the five locks and on the far left, behind the lock, you can just see Loch Ness.

Canal Lock_Fort Augustus


The 3 Sisters of Glencoe

The group of mountains of Beinn Fhada, Gearr Aonach and Aonach Dubh, shown in the image below, are more commonly known as the 3 Sisters of Glencoe. These mountains form part of a volcanic ridge in Glencoe, known as Bidean nam Bian

3 Sisters_Glencoe

For more information please follow this link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidean_nam_Bian

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Double Canal Locks at Corpach, on the Caledonian Canal

The 62 mile long Caledonian Canal, with a total of 29 locks was originally built to allow wooden sailing ships to travel from the north-east to the south-west of Scotland, avoiding the perilous route via Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth. It was completed in 1822, after 19 years in construction at a cost of around £910,000. The canal had taken so long to construct, that much larger, iron hulled ships were now in use and the canal was too narrow to accommodate them.

Today the canal attracts many visitors who come to enjoy the magnificent scenery that stretches all the way from Inverness to Fort William.

The image below is of the of the double canal locks at Corpach. Ben Nevis can be seen in the background

Double Canal Locks at Corpach on the Caledonian Canal

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Autumn “Peaks” in the Highlands of Scotland

Last week we were fortunate to spend a few days in the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

The end of October/beginning of November is the “height” of autumn here.

I am always amazed at the vivid colours, in the landscape, which is the result of high rainfall (often too much) and the excellent quality of light at this time of year. If you are lucky you may just get a “dusting” of snow on the moutains, which really is the “icing on the cake”

We spent 4 nights in the 2nd lodge, in the image, and travelled into Glencoe and the local countryside in search of beautiful scenery.

The mountain rising, just above the”scotch mist”, about a third in from the left in the image, is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland (4,409 ft above sea level)

What an idyllic place ………………… I am now completely “chilled out”

“Scotch Mist” in Glen Nevis

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Roman Holiday – Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was the center of public life in Rome. Processions, criminal trials, public speeches all took place in this central area which is located betweem Palatine and Capitoline hills.

This is my final post in this series. However, I have now added a page under “Travel”, which contains all images from my previous “Roman Holiday” posts. It also includes additional images not previously published. I hope you have enjoyed.

Please click on this link http://wp.me/P1WKsc-jl

Roman Forum


Loch Shiel – Glenfinnan Monument

The Glenfinnan Monument was erected in 1815. It is a memorial tower marking the place where Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) raised his standard at the start of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.

Today the monument is in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

This image was captured on a hill above the National Trust Visitor’s Centre.

Loch Shiel (Glenfinnan Monument)


St Mary and St Finnan’s Church – Glenfinnan

This beautiful church is built on  the banks of Loch Shiel. It is a memorial to the Macdonalds of Glenaladale. It is believed that Charles Edward Stuart, “Bonnie Prince Charlie” stayed with the Macdonalds before raising the Jacobite standard in 1745.

St Mary’s and St Finnon’s Church – Glenfinnan


Oban View

We visited Oban during a recent trip to the Scottish Highlands. Oban, located on the mainland, at the northern end of The Firth of Lorn near the entrance to Loch Linnhe, is known as the “Gateway to the Isles”. It is also recognised as the “Seafood capital of Scotland”.

And while I love fresh seafood, for the chocoholics like me, I recommend a visit to the Oban Chocolate Company, who offer a range of delicious hand made chocolates manufactured in their factory in Oban.

More information at http://www.oban.org.uk/

Oban


Mallaig Harbour – “The Jacobite’s” Destination

The fishing port of Mallaig is the destination of the “The Jacobite” the vintage steam train, featured in last week’s post.

This peaceful view over Mallaig Harbour, shows the islands of Rum and Eigg on the horizon. In the foreground is the Caledonian MacBrayne car ferry to Skye

Mallaig Harbour


“The Jacobite”

“The Jacobite” is the vintage steam train which runs from Fort William, through some of the most beautiful countryside in Scotland, to the picturesque fishing port of Mallaig.

While this trip has always been a popular attraction with tourists visiting the Scottish highlands, the “Harry Potter” movies where the ” Hogwarts Express” crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct has helped boost the popularity of this nostalgic journey. On its journey the “Jacobite” does cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct just like in the movies.

The image of the train below, was captured last week, during a short visit to the Scottish Highlands, as it travelled along the shoreline of Loch Eil, 4 – 5 miles from Fort William, on its way to Mallaig

More details at http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/Jacobite_Details.html and for a journey across the Glenfinnan Viaduct on “The Jacobite” click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_GjT9nlAeM&feature=related

The Jacobite


Sir Walter Scott Monument; Edinburgh

This image of Sir Walter Scott’s Monument, erected for his contribution to Scottish Literature is captured, just before sunset, from “The Mound” (the old Bank of Scotland Headquarters; Edinburgh)

The monument, inaugurated in 1846, is 200ft high. A sculpture in marble, of the man himself, can be seen through the centre arch.

Sir Walter Scott Monument; Edinburgh

More information can be found at http://www.edinburgharchitecture.co.uk/scott_monument.htm


Blackrock Cottage “Close-up” (Monochrome) Version – Glencoe

Just thought I’d also post the monochrome “close-up” version. What do you think?

Blackrock Cottage_mono


Blackrock Cottage – Glencoe

One of the most beautiful and most photographed scenes in the Scottish Highlands.

Because of the wide variation in weather conditions,  in this region, the “character” of this peaceful tranquil scene can quickly be transformed,  into one of the bleakest, stormy, landscapes in Scotland.

Blackrock Cottage


Memories of Venice

San Marco

I fell in love with Venice, when I first visited some 10 years ago.  At that time, I worked for a company that had a manufacturing site in Bologna and I was attending a factory tour along with some UK clients. Venice is only a 60 minute train journey from Bologna, so we took the opportunity to visit that weekend. I was “hooked”

This amazing visit to Venice, a few years ago, was a birthday celebration for Doreen, my better half.

We spent 4 nights at the Dona Palace Hotel, in the centre of Venice. A great hotel with lovely large room, fabulous breakfasts and only 2 minutes walk from St Mark’s Square.

This famous Italian city, built originally on a mosquito infested lagoon has it all; ambience, history, and an “olde world” feel to it that is totally unique.

When dining out, if you can eat in a restaurant away from the main tourist areas, the food and service is usually superb. Although it tends to be expensive to eat in the San Marco and Rialto areas, to enjoy the romantic atmosphere, that “is” Venice, I recommend that you eat in a restaurant on the Grand Canal, near the Rialto Bridge and take a gondola ride, at least once during your visit.

We visited early October, when the temperature was around 24C (~75F) which was very comfortable for sightseeing and for “chilling out” with a nice bottle of wine in the cafes at the front in San Marco or on the Grand Canal.

Entertainment at night was provided at different hotels and restaurants throughout the city. We found that the small orchestras, playing in outdoor cafes and at hotel entrances in St Mark’s Square, were excellent and created a superb “classical” fun atmosphere in this most famous historical square.

We purchased 24 hour water bus (Vaporetto) passes and jumped on and off on a regular basis.  A great way to see round this “magical” place. On several occasions we stayed on the water bus and had a tour of the whole lagoon. A good few of my images were shot from the rear of the water bus which was completely uncovered.

I can’t wait to go back, maybe later this year or early 2013.

I hope you enjoy the images which were shot with my smaller EOS 30D – 8MP camera. (I didn’t have my EOS 5DMK2 at that time)

For larger images, please “click” on the photos below.

Ciao


Rueppells Griffon Vulture

Classified as a “near threatened” species,  this vulture, named after the German explorer and Zoologist, Eduard Ruppell. is believed to be the worlds highest flying bird and has been found at altitudes around 36,000 ft (~ 11,000 metres), although they are found more often ~20,000 ft (~6,000 metres)

As inhabitants of North Africa, America, India, Australia and Nepal, they tend to nest in large flocks in the dry mountainous regions.

Additional information can be found at http://www.phoenixzoo.org/visit/animal_news.aspx?ARTICLE_ID=100566

Rueppell's Griffon Vulture (Gyps Rueppelli)


Eilean Donan Castle

One of the most photographed castles in  the world, Eilean Donan Castle can be found on the road to Kyle of Lochalsh; where Loch Alsh, Loch Duich and Loch Long combine.

The historical beginnings of Eilean Donan are believed to date back as early as the 7th century AD, at a time when Christianity was just being introduced in this area of Scotland.  Details can be found at http://www.eileandonancastle.com/home.htm

This famous castle features in a number of Hollywood movies. The ones that come to mind are “Highlander” in 1986,  with Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErjCcqKzr0k  and more recently, in 2008, “Made of Honor” with Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E72ZeWEMP90

Today the castle is a beautiful, historical and romantic setting, owned by the Conchara Charitable Trust. It is open to the public during the months of March to October. It is also a popular wedding venue.

Eilean Donan Castle


Landing Bee – Summer 2011

It took me ages to capture this one. Unfortunately bees do not fly in a predictable flight path and are constantly “buzzing” in and out behind the flower heads.

So again I just had to wait for one to pass in front of the camera viewfinder to capture it.

Landing Bee

One of my few attempts at “macro” …. exposure settings –  iso400, t1600, f4.o (subject distance 0.4m, lens focal length 105mm)


Reflections of Bruges

I visited Bruges with a small group of work colleagues, about 18 months ago.

This beautiful walled city is located in the Flanders region of Belgium. It is often called the “Venice of the North” as a canal encircles the city. For a modest sum of money, you can take a boat tour which passes through some very picturesque areas.

If you are a chocoholic, like me, you will of course want to sample the famous Belgian chocolates. I brought home about 4 Kgs of the addictive confectionary and managed to eat them within a few weeks. (I did, of course share a few with my family)

The image below is known as Canal Rozenhoedkaai and shows the Belfry of Bruges (bell tower) illuminated in he background.

Reflections of Bruges

Image captured at 22.35 on a July summer evening (hand-held, leaning against a post for support, with image stabliser on, at iso800,  f8 / 0.8s)


Rooftop Sunset

This image, captured  last year, is a view through the skylight window in my attic.

The mixture of deep reds, yellow and blue along with the dark “threatening” tones convey a sense of anger in the sky.

Rooftop Sunset


Rusty Old Bicycle

While travelling through Glen Etive, in the Scottish Highlands, during a field photography trip, in autumn 2010, we came across this old rusty bicycle, leaning against an old locked shed. (probably set up for us “budding photographers”)

Apart from the quaint appearance of the rusty old fashioned bicycle, the “bleached” wood on the shed had the appearance of having been neglected for many years. It did however have some very interesting textures that I have tried to bring this out in this image.

I hope you like it.

Locked Out


Scottish Landscape Photos – Jim Reid

Stob Dearg - Autumn Sunrise

Hi –  A few Scottish landscape photos for your comments.

Please click the image to see this image full size. Other landscape images are also available

And before anyone asks; yes I did get out of bed at at 5.30 am on a wet November morning to photograph Stob Dearg – Autumn Sunrise.

I think I made the right decision here. What do you think?