A Mountain Memory……… Slioch


Loch Maree and Slioch

Whilst in CV19 mode, of searching through old files and boxes, I came across this old Postcard.

It is a shot I took back in 1964 when I worked for Valentines of Dundee, assigned to capture images in colour for their Postcard range and for travel books and posters.  It was at the time when colour printing technology changed, becoming easier and cheaper and for once able to compete with the Black and White printing on low cost items.  This image was shot on a 5″x4″ MPP Technical Camera, on Ektachrome Sheet Film, with an ISO speed equivalent of 10 ASA, yes 10 ASA/ISO…..  I recall the joy when a little while later we had film that was rated at 25ASA.

Loch Maree and Slioch, located in the Torridon region of the Scottish Highlands, has always remained a favourite location for me.  Many visits have followed and always the Loch and Mountain demand that the camera is pressed to record the view… a view that hardly changes….. here is one taken in 2017..


I had long forgotten just where I had ‘stored’  this and other Postcards….so I guess CV19 had some unexpected benefits

We still though have to live with this virus so…

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

6th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter Slowly Slides Away…..


I am enjoying the last of the Snowdrops.  Snowdrops have always bridged that gap where Winter slides very slowly, and at times hesitantly into Spring.  In gardens, and in the woodlands, Snowdrops are the indicator that spring is just around the corner, it maybe slow coming… but it will arrive.  Though I guess winter weather will still have the occasional harsh sting in its tail.


As individual flowers they show a resilience to resist the frosts, snows and rains, yet they show such grace with their sweeping, drooping white bell like flower on such a tender stem.  They hardly look tough enough, to fragile to survive, yet they do.

It is the mass woodland displays that so dramatically make the statement that Spring is on the way.  Those white carpets, giving light to woodland areas, areas that will soon be cast into darkness as the tree canopy comes into leaf.


Those woodland settings are for me the place to enjoy the splendour of such simple flowers.

They are soon to leave us again, reminding us that Spring really is on the way.

Till then, be resilient and……

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

5th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Winter can still be colourful…


Hathersage Moor, looking towards Higger Tor.  Positively glowing in some welcome winter sunshine.  It was also taken prior to  the winter snows and frosts, which would  blacken and flatten,  the rich bracken that covers these moors.

A welcome winter glow, a reminder of the autumn that has long gone. Spring will eventually bring a fresh green glow of its own.

Till then…. Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

4th March

(C) David Oakes 2021

One of Those Days….


Midday and Mist over Allestree Lake

Last week we were blessed with sunshine and record high temperatures…. 18c. What a change.

For the third consecutive day we have fog that lifts just a little to be able to call it a mist.  The trees drip with water and grey is the colour, as for temperatures…..  well at midday it had risen to all of 5c

The mist clings to everything, even the waterfowl have decided it is best to go into hiding…


One of those days when, if you didn’t have to head outdoors, a book, an occasional coffee and a comfy chair would be a much better bet.  But out we head and try to make the most of a Lakeside walk.



That mist is coming down again, so best head for home and that comfy chair……  I’ll have a Cappuccino please 🙂

Indoors or out……

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place


Location:-  A weather change at Bamburgh on the Northumberland Coast

Wherever you are…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

3rd March

(C) David Oakes 2021