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Weekend in North West Scotland

Ram basking in the afternoon sun

Ram basking in the afternoon sun

Magnificent 7 links course

Magnificent 7 links course

Camusdarach Beach

Camusdarach Beach

Cliffs of Eigg

Cliffs of Eigg

Afternoon sun on Isle of Eigg

Afternoon sun on Isle of Eigg

Stormy exit of Eigg

Stormy exit of Eigg

Ferry heading home

Ferry heading home

Rainbow over Eigg harbour

Rainbow over Eigg harbour

Eigg's guard dogs

Eigg’s guard dogs

Solar eclipse

Solar eclipse

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Some of my favorite photographs

Beach sunset, Australia

Beach sunset, Australia

Queens View, Scotland

Queens View, Scotland

Falls of Bruar, Scotland

Falls of Bruar, Scotland

The Hermitage, Scotland

The Hermitage, Scotland

Railway Children!

Railway Children!

Wedding shoes

Wedding shoes

The Bean, Chicago

The Bean, Chicago

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, England

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

River Lochy, Scotland

River Lochy, Scotland

Caledonia Canal, Scotland

Caledonia Canal, Scotland

Frozen grass

Frozen grass

Brooklyn sunset, NYC

Brooklyn sunset, NYC

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Australia

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo skyline, Japan

Tokyo skyline, Japan


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Scotland in the Autumn

Normally during half-term holiday we end up working or splitting our days off to look after the kids. This time we decided, back in August(!), to go away to Scotland and to enjoy a proper half-term holiday away from the normality of home. As it is with looking and booking holiday homes on-line there is always a little trepidation when you finally arrive at the front door, fingers crossed, that it lives up to the expectation that the pictures generated. Fortunately, the place we booked turned out to be amazing and a million times better than the pictures suggested. Whilst it was relatively close to a busy main road this was more than compensated for by having a river at the bottom of the garden and a view out across the beginning of the Grampian Mountains. The cottage was on the opposite side of the river to the closest town, but fortunately also at the bottom of the garden was a bridge. How handy!

Joining us for the first 4 days was Mr & Mrs Cakes who were also looking forward to chilling out and forgetting about the daily grind. In fact, the visitors didn’t stop there as one of Mr & Mrs Cakes good friends, a certain lead singer from the group Ladytron and her hubby also came up for a day – although to be fair they didn’t have as long a journey as they now live back north of the border. Us men went for a short bike ride on the Sunday following the Etape Caledonia route, meeting the rest of the gang in a lovely country hotel for what turned out to be a rather late lunch.

Following what turned out to be quite a hectic weekend, we spent the rest of the week enjoying the fantastic Scottish sun and blue sky, and visited a number of woodland walks and spectacular waterfalls in and around Pitlochry. The autumn colours were absolutely stunning and reminded me of my travels around New England each fall when I lived in New York. In fact, I would go as far to say that this Scottish autumn did enough
to rival the New England fall!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pictures and maybe if you haven’t been to Scotland in the autumn/fall they might inspire you to book a trip in the future. These pictures are only a select few, if you would like to see the rest of the set click the following link.

Slowing it down

A rather cool reflection

Red leaves

The Queens View

The Bridge over the lower Falls of Bruar

Higher Falls of Bruar

Instagram look-a-like by Aperture

Black Spout Falls

Possessed by pudding!

A silly cheesy smile


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Frozen

I posted this image earlier this year but I’ve since gone back and tweaked it a little. I think I prefer this version which seems to bring out the lens flare more. The original image is below so you can compare.

All three images were taken during a trip to Fort William to celebrate Hogmany (New Years Eve!). This winter was unique in that we didn’t get much snow but the temperature barely climbed above 0 for about 3-4 weeks which resulted in an extremely deep frost. This made for some interesting landscape shots as it gave the impression there was actually snow on the ground.