A Norwegian Memory……..


Two years ago we were at the end of a memorable trip to Northern Norway’s Fjords and Islands above the Arctic Circle.

Our last day was just as memorable as the previous fourteen.  Leknes, in the Lofoten Islands, was our last port of call.  It was a day of rain, dark clouds a rising wind but also plenty of dramatic blue skies and autumnal sunshine.

It was early evening as we sailed from Leknes, but before dark descended, Norway did its very best to give us a bright farewell…..  we were sad to leave, but I think it was encouraging us to return.  We may just to that.  🙂

If you are remembering today or making new memories….  do please

Remember ….

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

2nd October

(C) David Oakes 2021

Not What I Expected……. @ Granada


You could well be mistaken into thinking that this is a City Office block.  OK, rather more ornate than most, but still that familiar functional look.

The light rather tells you that this is Spain, it is and in fact at The Alhambra Palace, Granada. 

Alhambra is one of those destinations that are a must see on any bucket list.  It is of course really a city of many different Palaces of which this is one…. one that is very different to its neighbours.  It also holds a surprise.

This is the Palacio de Carlos V.  Fabulous detailed stone work with rather grand entrances…


But behind those high stylish walls is the surprise that awaits you…


A tiered courtyard that is perhaps more reminiscent of Greek and Roman origins.


We were not the only visitors taken by surprise, it was not the Moorish style we were expecting, but equally as breath-taking. 

We had rather expected to see Palaces of Red Clay, with dark walkways as sheltered from the Spanish sun and of course cooling water rills and fountains.  

Nor where we disappointed



Memories of a very hot September day.

Hot or cold, wherever you are and whatever you have planned….

Please Remember ….

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

2nd September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Once upon a Time….. A Perfect Walk


Manesty Woods, Cumbria

Dappled sunshine through the woodland canopy.  The rich smell of pine.  The call of birds busy gathering a feast of seeds.  A Red Squirrel scampering up a tree (yes, there are Reds here) plus the chance bonus that a Deer may cross your path.  

A simple pleasure, but accompanied by a lavish menu to thrill the senses.  Just perfect for a Saturday walk

I wish it was today….. but still a great memory to enjoy again.

If you are creating great memories today……. please remember….

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

14th August

(C) David Oakes 2021

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