#TreeSquare (6) The Lonesome Pine


High on a wild mountain slope in the North West Highlands of Scotland, a lonesome Pine tree survives.  There are some exciting initiatives underway to re- forest large areas of the Highlands…..  may be soon it will not be so lonesome.

Another post for the :- –The shadow of a tree – The life of B (beckybofwinchester.com) #TreeSquare

Where ever you are…

Please Remember ….

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

20th July

(C) David Oakes 2021

Thoughtful Thursday…. Not going to Sea


Fishing Days are Over

Fishing Days are Over…

I always feel rather sad to see the rotting hulks of old Fishing Vessels,  left to the weather and looters to strip it to its skeleton.

Many years of venturing on the turbulent seas, bringing home a catch to earn a valuable income for its owner.  I am old enough to remember the days when the Scottish Fishing Harbours were crammed, wall to wall with such craft.  Now all but gone.

It was a dangerous and extremely hard way to earn a living…. it needed a tough boat and a tough crew.

They too had to….

Remember ….

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

1st July

(C) David Oakes 2021


Wordless Wednesday….. A Favourite Place

Loch Etive

Location:-   Evening over Loch Etive, Argyll, Scotland

The last day of June and a reminder that the year is progressing at a pace

Please Remember ….

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

30th June

(C) David Oakes 2021


The Alternative Beach…….


Traigh Beach, Lochaber Coast, North West Scotland

Every News programme seems to feature people desperate for a Beach holiday, all bemoaning the fact that they cannot travel abroad due to Covid travel restrictions  (Covid is still with us and rates climbing again).

I to want to travel once more.  But when I do, I want to be free and independent and above all feel safe.

I don’t demand a Mediterranean Beach, with bar and sun loungers, but would love to walk along a crisp sandy beach, with blue waters lapping the shore line and a wide expansive view to island and mountains, just like the beach above.

Traigh Beach, is just one of many hidden gems around the Scottish coast. From Arisaig to Mallaig, this stretch of Lochaber coastline is dotted with a string of beautiful peaceful sandy beaches, all with a backdrop of the Lochaber Mountains…. and all can be found along the North West Coast of Scotland. Nor are these beaches limited to Lochaber.  Scotland may have a rugged coastline but also hosts many similar beaches all around its coast.

Wherever and whenever you travel….

Please Remember ….

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

26th June

(C) David Oakes 2021

Moody Monday…… well maybe not

Disc One

Mid Summer, Isle of Skye, North West Scotland

Just before midnight yesterday, we crossed the Summer Solstice… so you might say that today is the first day of the rest of this year.

Yesterday, in anticipation of the Solstice, I posted an mid summers eve picture, shot 2 years ago.  So as we can still celebrate the Solstice, todays image is one shot on mid summers eve some 6 years earlier.  

The loan fisherman and I had stood silent, just watching the sun vanish beyond the horizon, waiting for midnight.  Despite the midges it was a magical moment.  I suspect that the afterglow remained to be subsumed by the dawn that would soon follow.  After all Scotland may not be the land of the midnight sun…..  but certainly the next best thing.  Not that I waited for the dawn…. sleep beckoned.

Please Remember ….

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

21st June

(C) David Oakes 2021