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- Old Man of Storr SunriseWalking up to The Old Man of Storr on the beautiful Isle of Skye I had to take my now usual “fat boy” stop to catch my breath and as I turned to look back this is the view I was greeted with. Very Gothic in its appearance The Storr forms an imposing feature overlooking […]
- Elgol Sunset SwirlPLEASE SHARE Happy Monday all, sun is shining and what a sunrise it was, pity I went to the gym after pooch walking otherwise I’d have been in The Peaks for a toggging session, yes I said Togging! thats before Pon says anything. Another from Skye, Elgol looking across to The Cuillins as the […]
- The Quiraing pt2PLEASE SHARE Well it’s Friday at least and i thought I’d round the week off with pt2 of The Quiraing. After a brief drive from Uig we were greeted with the Quiraing bathed in this beautiful morning light, after making a right turn from the main road and passing the cemetery there is a car […]
- The Quiraing pt1 – or Middle Earth!PLEASE SHARE The Quiraing – various pronunciations, non better than a local but I couldn’t understand anything then it’s a little like Kerrang you know the rock music channel/mag. On our second morning we were heading from our overnight camp at Uig on the West coast of Skye across to Climb the Old Man of […]
- Neist Point – The most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye, Moonen Bay to Waterstein HeadPLEASE SHARE Todays image still from Skye is a classic view of Neist Point, definitely stood in tripod holes from other photographers and I make no excuses for this as 2″ in front of me was a few hundred feet drop onto the rocks below. But as the book is based on classic UK shots […]
- Fairy PoolPLEASE SHARE Second shot of the Skye series, the wondrous Fairy Pools with their beautiful tinted waters, gentle cascading falls and other worldly backdrop……. Hmmm what they fail to tell you is that they are darn near impossible to find, getting their would entail getting absolutely soaked battling gale force winds and sleet like rain […]
- Elgol To The CuillinsPLEASE SHARE Morning all had a very busy and eventful weekend away on the Isle of Skye doing the book shoot North West start. Chris and myself set off at 2am Friday and drove the 450miles northwards, fast forward 9 hours and we were at our first stop, this being the Fairy Pools (picture to […]
- Bend With The Breeze & Friday Shout OutAh the weekend and what a week it’s been, firstly a massive thank you for the print sales 11, so special thanks to Keith and Kerry Buckley and Karen Fisher and 3 others, always very much appreciated. The Puppy Christmas cards have hit the ground running to 16 sets sold this week, big thanks to […]
- Glencoe Autumn MorningFeel Free To Share – may brighten up a friends day A quick upload today from my Glencoe trip, taken whilst out for a walk to the chip shop (I know how to live. lol) this late morning shot from looking down the estuary with Loch Leven behind me. The weather didn’t last too long […]
- Buachaille Etive Mòr – Blue MistMonday morning and why not start with the blues…… This one from Glen Etive standing waist deep in very cold very fast flowing water looking up at the Buckle shrouded in the blue tint of mist to the left, not a place to spend too much time and I was out and getting dried off […]
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Monthly Archives: July 2011
Don’t ask me how or why but this shot appears to have a shadow in it within the pulpit at Abberfraw Church in the sea, Anglesey. It wasn’t on the ones before or after, the only difference being that for this shot I was kneeling…how bizzare!!
I leave that with you.
have a great weekend
Friday at Last!!!!!
this will be my last from Penmon for this season, I have to get back to The Peaks starting next week for my heather collection plus I will be producing my Wales 2011 Pictures to Music vid and a couple of commissions so this will take up most of the next week or two.
I would like to thank those who have bought from my site lately the Penmon series has proved to be a winner as it were, hopefully this will do likewise and grace a living room wall and bring back wonderful memories of such a beautiful peaceful place for someone.
The lighthouse at Penmon Point was built after the tragic disaster of the steam ship Rothesay Castle in 1831. When a day trip from Liverpool turned to tragedy with the loss of passengers and crew, it was decided that a lighthouse and accompanying Lifeboat Station was needed. Today, the lighthouse watches over the treacherous waters between Penmon Point and Puffin Island
At around midday on August 17, 1831, she left Liverpool carrying 150 passengers. She had been intended to leave at 10 a.m. but was delayed by the weather and the late arrival of a passenger.
On leaving the Mersey estuary, she encountered a strong NNW wind and a rough sea. One of the passengers went to see the captain, a Captain Atkinson, to ask him to return to port, but he found Atkinson drunk and unwilling to consider turning back. By 10 p.m. the ship had still only reached the Great Orme and the ship was found to have two feet of water in the stokehold. The pumps were found not to work, there was not even a bucket available for bailing, and the single lifeboat had a hole in the bottom and had no oars. At around 1 a.m. on August 18 the Rothsay Castle ran aground on Dutchman Bank and after a while broke up, the captain and the two mates being swept to their death when the funnel collapsed. A total of 23 passengers were rescued in the morning.
had the Rothsay Castle been a seaworthy vessel and properly manned, this awful calamity might have been averted. They therefore cannot disguise their indignation at the conduct of those who could place such a vessel on this station …
As a result of this man made disaster, a lifeboatwas established at Penmonon the SE tip of Anglesey in 1832 and a lighthouse built there in 1837.
And with this I’ll leave you and wish you all a great weekend, off to swap out pictures at Barnsley Central Library for my Seascapes
It was a wonderful evening at Penmon and I ventured as far out to the lighthouse as possible, I clambered around fisherman on the slippery rocks and setup at the waters edge, the tide was coming in quite fast but who cares when you’re in a place like this…..
Now I know I bang on about my Muckboot Artic wellies, yes they’re waterproof, yes they’re lined and will do what they should in extreme temperatures, BUT they don’t come with instruction of how to get them out of rocks when you get your foot well and truly lodged in between them and the tide is coming in….FAST!
Took several panicky seconds to wrench my foot out of the rocks grip, at this stage a fisherman pipes up “you were lucky” great I thought at which point were you going to help…none I presume.
I stepped back took a deep breath and this is the shot…the white between the rocks bottom left is where I was stuck, and of course it’s now another lesson learned.
“Dont expect help from fishermen” or something like that cos I’ll always get into scrapes.
Have a great Thursday
One that didn’t make it onto the sales site due to the blow out white, pity as I really like it, but hey that’s life, tried burning it out but it just not having it, will have to wait for our next trip and have another play.
Shot is Neilson’s Monument near Rinngford, Kirkcudbrightshire. James Beaumont Neilson (June 22, 1792 – January 18, 1865) is a Scottish Inventor whose hot blast process greatly increased the efficiency of smelting iron….so there you are!
Its a lovely walk up from the tackle shop and cafe at the bottom of the walk, but do beware if you have a dog with you there are electric fences everywhere, Stormy got stung with one, she didn’t half let out a yelp.
Anyway this wont get through to sales its just to show the comp and of course I love those rays.
Meeting with other togs later for lunch, should be a good catch up.
just been to the docs and now need a scan on my head and coccyx of all things..lol talk about being topped and tailed! ooohhh bet its going to hurt! Wussy that I am, or so I am told.
Anyway this little beauty is from a sunset session on good old Anglesey, there are very few decent pebble beaches due to nature of the island’s slate and volcanic structure, but you do get these little gems popping up from time to time especially if you wait for the right conditions. The pebble bank is only 15-20′ wide and catching the sea and the sunset at just the right time has taken me a few seasons now…think I got it ok.
I feel a canvass coming on for the dining room if Jo will let me, few more to process for the vid to music then its back to some local work and hopefully a commission, will tell all later.
all the best
Monday morning again, the weekend goes so fast doesn’t it!.
Just a quick thank you for all the well wishes from people re my accident, my back is still very painful and I have a whopper of a headache permanently but I’m still here so that’s all that matters, time will sort out the pain I’m sure.
Anyway it’s not going to stop me getting on with things, I hope….
I have a thing about seaweed I love the detail and textures it brings along with the colours, it could be every bit an alien life form blanketing the shoreline and reaching out to sea. It was a calm night but with the foreboding presence of those storm clouds drawing ever nearer…
It never did rain and the clouds gave way to a beautiful salmon pink sky late at night, so glad I stuck around.
Ah well coffee time
Enjoy your week
The title is from my favourite track and favourite band “Pendragon” the track being “This green and pleasant land” please check it out , it’s fantastic and from the most underrated UK band I have been fortunate to photograph. The line “Take only what you need and be on your way” sums it all up, the times we live in of greed and possession…..take a good listen to Nick Barrett’s lyrics they don’t half hit home! and of course his guitar work is incredible as usual.
Looking into the image through my viewfinder as I stood in the sea I was listening to song as I setup the composition and it made me think, yeah this is enough I don’t need anything else, I have it all and believe me this is plenty enough for anyone.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend, off to The Peaks tonight can wait then doing a walk and tog session for the Council tomorrow , hope the weather plays fair.
As the title suggests, for me this is the closest to Heaven I can get without Doris Stokes help!
When you get presented with a real golden sunset and feel the sea washing around your legs as the remnants of the days light kisses your cheek goodnight…..ahh, its true I tells you, try it, it really does fill your soul with happiness. You forget bills, problems and who’s done what, all that matters is you, right now and the fulfilling feeling of inner peace.
You cant buy that with a lottery win
OK so I got you singing “Echoe Beach, far away in time” in your head, it will be there for ages, I’ve had it buzzing round in my head for 2 hours now! it was a good song though.
This shot is from Penmon by the lighthouse, it was a beautiful sunset and the gold from the sun settled into a dip on the pebble beach, tight restrictions on composition here as there were fishermen everywhere, still I think its about right, I love the detail when blown full size.
On another note I’d like to thank Jeep for making a car that can withstand being hit from behind by an arctic lorry. I was coming off the M1 yesterday and was about to pull onto the roundabout when 20+ tons of lorry ran straight into my back end doing some speed. It’s right what they say about slow motion, things flew everywhere. My car flew in the air and hit the roundabout centre barrier. Anyway, police cars, paramedic, then in an ambulance for an hour (finished up at Barnsley General, last night for check over as by back and neck felt worse) before I decided I dint want the hospital and they let me go, I have whiplash and lower back ache and a doozy of a headache where I nutted the steering wheel but otherwise unhurt which as the police officer said was a miracle and mostly down to the construction of the car….The bumper and parking assist system has had it, the boot wont close properly and a scratch to the front end, oh and worst of all my Oakley Dispatch glasses flew off my head and are scratched £155 worth, that’s most annoying, they better pay for that!
Police are looking at prosecution for the lorry driver due care etc etc but it was an accident and I’m here so hopefully the pain will wear off soon and the car will be fixed, scary though I thought I had done worse to me at the time but it was shock. The guy came with the police to apologise, he said he nearly bricked it when he saw the size of me..lol not that I could have done anything.
Echoe beach far away in time, damn it , it just wont go from my head!
Tongue firmly in cheek re the title,mind you are people old enough to remember The Onedin line from the 70’s, I can just remember it as it ran until 1980 and of course there’s good old “dave” channel…lol. It was just that I had such a bad headache this night, I’d been in the sun too much during the day and must have some mild sun stroke or something. I gave up on sunbathing a few years ago realising it’s boring and obviously isn’t doing me any favours plus there are better things to do like jet skiing and playing with Stormy in the sea, unfortunately the sun gets you what ever you are doing and just walking round produced this whopper of a headache.
Anyway the sunset didn’t disappoint and standing knee deep in the sea produced this image of the Boat Pool, an overnight stay over and anchorage point for small yachts and fishing boats
Some lucky people aren’t there?
have a great day