Moody Monday…… Storm Brewing

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The view looking south towards the Mountains of Assynt, rom the headland of Cleit Mhor at Scourie.   A rugged coastline towards the very north west of Scotland

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

26th October

(C) David Oakes 2020

October in the Highlands

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Loch Maree, Torridon, Scotland

Winter had still to arrive in this part of North West Scotland so we were still enjoying some rather grand weather in the mountains in mid October.  The heather had long gone, bracken browning and the surrounds still rather lush.

Tourist had all but vanished so we enjoyed a peaceful tour allowing us to pause at will in locations like this.

Expansive views along Loch Maree with the mighty Slioch, touched by cloud, on the edge of the Torridon Range and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.

Found memories of some magical Scottish October days…

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

22nd October

(C) David Oakes 2020

A Rocky Outlook……………

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The dramatic Kilt Rock Waterfall.  The name Kilt is derived from the columns formed in the cliffs and thought to resemble the pleats in a Highland Kilt.    The waters for the falls come from nearby Loch Mealt at Ellishadder, near Staffin on the North East tip of the Isle of Skye.  North West Scotland.  Also a reminder of a rare day of sunshine across the Hebridean Islands.

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

25th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

An Inspired Link……

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Crinan Canal Basin, Argyll, Scotland

Crinan is the western end of a nine mile canal  opened in 1801.   Designed to create a short cut for  small inland steam ships, ‘The Clyde Puffers” and for Fishing Vessels. linking the Clyde (and Glasgow) with the North West Coast of Scotland and the Hebridean Islands.  Time saved, and the possible trauma, of  navigating the often turbulent and exposed Mull of Kintyre were a vital bonus.

The Crinan canal  cuts a scenic route from Lochgilphead,  on Loch Gilp in the east, to Crinan. It is here by  the means of sea locks, that the  traffic along the canal  regains open water into Loch Crinan and the Sound of Jura, then onwards to the Isles. Whilst today the ‘Puffers’ are gone, fishing vessels still use the route.  However it is Leisure Craft that are todays prime users.

It is also a great little tourist spot for visitors  to this part of Argyll and Bute.  Lovely on a sunny day, even rather Mediterranean ….. it would have been a busy,  noisy, smoky world in its  heydays.

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

6th August

(C) David Oakes 2020

 

Wordless Wednesday …… Another Favourite Place

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Location.    Dawn overlooking Letterewe Forest from Leathad Daraich Pass above Poolewe, West Ross, Scotland.

(  I know its Wordless Wednesday, but the back story made this picture….. A favourite view of the wildland behind Slioch to the north of the Torridons.  Apart from the view, I love this shot because it is not the shot I had intended. The previous afternoon I was at this location and thought it the ideal spot for a dawn sunrise.  The forecast was good, so an early start with Buster and off we headed.  Got there in good time….but as we reached the location,  this thin layer of cloud came over and we lost the sunrise.  Hung around for awhile but this was as good as it was going to get…  so nothing for it but to head back for breakfast)

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

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2020