Moody Monday……

Glen Lui

Luibeg, from Derry Lodge, Glen Lui.

Moody Monday, seems to be, a description that fits many a Monday.  Nor is it always moody because of the weather….just the starting point of another week, which even if you are not working seems to have a routine mapped out for you.  But sometimes it is weather related.

I do believe it was a Monday, a very wet Monday when we walked up Glen Lui, in the Mar Forest, near Braemar, Scotland.  But even on a day of relentless rain there was a bright shaft of light as the sun tried but eventually failed to break through. tried

Please Remember ….

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

28th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Moody Monday….. The Peace will soon be Shattered

Red-Stag-Grazing

A Red Stag looking in prime condition, and for the moment, peacefully grazing the vegetation.  He will also be rubbing his antlers on the branches to scent mark his territory.

I say peacefully,  this time next month, if not sooner, he will be tilting his head back (like above) and sending a dramatic roar across his territory.  The roar is known as Bolving, once heard never forgotten.  It is the seasonal sign that the rutting season is upon us.

 

Please Remember ….

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

14th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday…… it was just another wet day!

SCOTLAND ARGYLL
Glenfinnan Memorial, Loch Shiel, Western Highlands
I have driven to, and past, this Memorial Tower many times,  each time I think it has rained …. and a good deal worse, than on this particular occasion. 
The Memorial is built to commemorate all those who took part in the Jacobite Rising. 
It was here, in 1745, that Prince Charles Edward Stuart symbolically raised his standard on the shore of Loch Shiel. It is also here that many of his followers had gathered for the start of his campaign.
The Prince declared his claim to the British Throne. Enthusiastic and faithful as his followers were, it all ended very badly at the very Bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. 
The Memorial Tower was erected in 1815.  On the very top of the  60ft tower, stands a statue of  Bonnie Prince Charlie, gazing down the Loch to the Isle beyond  (on a clear day of course).

If you visit, and a climb to the top of the tower is well worth it, I do hope you have better luck with the weather.  Even if it is no better, it is still an evocative place, an important place in Scottish History

Please Remember ….

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

24th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday……… in the Shadows of the Mountains

HENNINGSVAER

It was indeed a moody Monday morning when we arrived at Henningsvaer.   The harbour nestling below, and in the shadows of the circling mountains, gained added drama as the early sun did its best to break through the cloud layer.  The rugged Norwegian Lofoten Island coast, whilst providing the  scenic backdrops, also offer protection for the many  harbours.  Each harbour emphasising the Norwegian mix of Fishing, Island Travel and Leisure.

Please Remember ….

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

17th August

(C) David Oakes 2020