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The Quiraing pt2

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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 park high up on the left, a short walk leads you to this magnificent site. The Quiraing contains  features such as The Needle, The Prison and The Table, the surrounding terrain seems to be a never ending area of beautiful green landscape. Well trodden patch scar the landscape in various directions. Well worth a visit should you venture this far north.

Have a great weekend

Adrian

The Quiraing pt1 – or Middle Earth!

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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 Storr,  I spotted the sign for The Quiraing and could see the light was perfect, realising The Old Man of Storr would take time to climb and that the light would change I decided we’d do The Quiraing early while it was bathed in early morning sun.

Its a simple drive to a car park which is situated near the top and following a leisurely stroll across a path you gain the ideal position, nice to have an easy one for a change I thought and as the morning light failed to disappoint we were thankful for the decision to stop here first.

Bit from Wiki

The Quiraing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. The whole of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment was formed by a great series of landslips; the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving, the road at its base, near Flodigarry, requires repairs each year.

Parts of the distinctive landscape have earned particular names. The Needle is a jagged 120-foot (37 m) high landmark pinnacle, a remnant of landslipping. Northwest of it is The Table, a flat grassy area slipped down from the summit plateau, with vistas of the Torridon Hills and the mountains of Wester Ross. Southwest is the Prison, a pyramidal rocky peak which can look like a medieval keep when viewed from the right angle – the ascent of this is an airy scramble.

Quiraing (in Gaelic, Cuith-Raing) comes from Old Norse Kvi Rand, which means Round Fold. Within the fold is The Table, an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars. It is said that the fold was used to conceal cattle from Viking raiders.

 

 

Who’d have thought it

 

I get in some places….yup just sold this print to Tel Aviv of all places, doing my bit for the Peak District.

Big day tomorrow, flypast at Derwent for the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters, very close to my heart for me as dad was in the RAF in the 50’s and he’s always told me of the bravery of the 617 squadron , one of his favourite pieces of history from WWII. I believe there are several of the surviving crew meeting up at the shore side, would be wonderful to shake their hands but I doubt I’d get that close. Still God bless them all.

Lets hope for blue skies and a great flypast for us all

 

Adrian

I Get In Some Places

 

I get in some places….yup just sold this print to Tel Aviv of all places, doing my bit for the Peak District.

Big day tomorrow, flypast at Derwent for the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters, very close to my heart for me as dad was in the RAF in the 50’s and he’s always told me of the bravery of the 617 squadron , one of his favourite pieces of history from WWII. I believe there are several of the surviving crew meeting up at the shore side, would be wonderful to shake their hands but I doubt I’d get that close. Still God bless them all.

Lets hope for blue skies and a great flypast for us all

 

Adrian

Higger Sunburst

Higger Sunburst

Friday, what a great day as this means we get the weekend to play in the wilderness, tomorrow rope work and Sunday a lovely fresh walk in The Peaks to take some snow shots, perfect even if I say so myself.

The met office have issued a severe weather warning for next week so take great care if you’re traveling especially through the Peak District as this looks like the heaviest of the snow will fall, personally I can’t wait, love the stuff..lol

Higger Tor shot from last Sunday’s sunrise, bitterly cold but the warmth of the sunrise against your skin was amazing, me and Stormy sat there cuddling in the freezing breeze I had my hot chocolate she had her treats, what could be better…..no much, she’s the best company on these jaunts, companion and body warmer.

Still more shots to follow from this shoot, all uploaded as usual to the site “Peak District Landscapes”

Have a great weekend what ever you’re doing

Adrian

Higger Tor Sunrise Mist

Higger Tor Sunrise Mist

Morning all and quite a morning it is, half the country stood still again as we’re in the grips of winter, a sprinkling of snow and unprepared motorists and walkers causing mayhem. Please spare a thought for the emergency services trying  to deal with all the call outs and spend an extra 5 minutes getting ready for your journey, it is all common sense but with hectic lives people just rush out unprepared.

Today’s shot is from Higger Tor, Sunday just gone. Freezing cold and with the most magnificent sunrise, I have a shed load more shots to process so expect quite a few from here.

I’ll be in the Peaks later sorting locations for a training workshop, remember my 1 to 1 workshops give you the ultimate in knowledge and experience plus you’ll have a great day and walk away feeling uber confident in not only photography but hill craft safety plus a decent knowledge of navigation. Full course details for the New Year group sessions to follow

 

Be safe

 

Adrian

Freezing Curbar Mist

Curbar Mist

A freezing mist,  Curbar Edge at sunrise

Still got the dreaded cold now on my chest as well and a full day sorting pictures for the Civic exhibition in December so I’ll have to get my skates on, was advised to man up so I have taken the sound advice and wrapped up warm and see if I can sweat it out. No gym though, not a good idea when its on your chest so I’m told.

Anyway onwards and upwards so they say, more later if I get chance.

 

Adrian

 

Forest Lane – Sunrise Mist

Forest Lane - Sunrise Mist

Happy Friday all……thanks goodness it’s here.

Very nearly managed to kill stormy at 6am, out for a run and she darted across the front of me to get to another dog as I set off running again and received and toe straight in her ribs, she squealed like I have never heard her before, poor little thing, I must have really hurt her, took 5 mins rubbing while she squeaked at me….she’s OK now albeit a little nervy of me, going to take some chewdles to bring her round.

This shot again from the weekend shows the intensity of the sunrise on a frosty morning, I had my polariser on which only just enabled me to pick out the blue sky top right, it wasn’t visible really with the naked eye as the light was so bright.

I have taken delivery of my Canon Powershot S100 compact camera, what a piece of kit, love it especially the slow motion video bit, great for capturing Stormy bombing around, when she isn’t hurt by a bad owner! I feel soooooo bad

Got some great stuff happening tomorrow. I’ll report back on Monday

 

have a great weekend

 

Adrian

Forest Burst

Forest Burst

 

As I went for a run yesterday morning at Clumber Park the sun had already reached the forest canopy but fortunately the mist was still settled in between the trees, Stormy was champing at the bit to run on so we made it a sprint to get back and collect my camera, 1DS is far to heavy to run with so Jo what a wonderful wife has let me buy a Canon S100 should be here this week, can’t wait as it’s a beaut little compact. Anyway made it back to van and collected the big camera and made it to this location as quick as possible. I was very lucky as 5 mins later the mist had all but gone as it was burnt away by the sunrise.

I managed a few more shots of the frosty forest floor and then had a lovely walk back to the van for breakfast, Stormy had a good sniff round the undergrowth no doubt searching for food….she’s started eating properly, its only taken 18 months to get her onto a proper diet, Huskies are notorious bad picky eaters.

Hopefully post another later

 

have a great week all

 

Adrian

Curbar Sunrise

Curbar Sunrise

Another from a little while ago, hopefully I’ll be out this week at some stage, new pain killers should kick in later..lol

Curbar Edge in The Peaks as the warmth of the winter sun rises and lights the valley below, it gives a beautiful deep amber glow with long shadows from the escarpment and trees below. This was a very cold sunrise in deed and if you look to the left in the dark rocks you can see what looks like lens flare, it is in fact a freeze on my filter, I had to keep cleaning then down but within a few seconds it was back on again…..not a lot you can do about this I’m afraid, still I think it works nicely and adds to the overall wintery feel of the image.

 

have a great day

 

Adrian