An ongoing series of photos taken around the Benderloch area of the Scottish West Highlands. If you would like more information about the area, including tourist and "where to stay" info please visit the Benderloch website - link on sidebar. Enjoy the pictures, and remember that if you click on a picture a larger version will open. Steve.
Monday, May 30, 2005
I didn't really expect to get any good pics today as I was just sorting possible pictures for a couple of tourism websites. But I had my wee camera handy and couldn't resist this shot.
This cow is fast learning to tolerate photographers. She was put in this (fairly public) field last week and was quite shy of the camera. Since then there's been a few folk staying in caravans nearby and she's developing into a nice little poser! I know what shots I want to get now for the publicity pics so, weather and cow permitting, I'll return tomorrow with the 'big' camera.
Saturday, May 28, 2005
I did a photoshoot with some Highland cattle the other day for an advert. Tonight I had a play around with one of the unused images and came up with this effect which I rather like.
For the technically minded I used Photoshop and created a copy of the background as a layer. I removed the colour from this layer, then applied a Gaussian blur. Mixed the two layers using 100% of the coloured background and about 30% of the blurred monochrome layer. Merged the layers and finally increased the colour saturation by about 25%.
Forgot to mention - the beast on the left is a bull.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Last year Campbell, who owns the village shop, had it painted in rather bright colours Yesterday two American visitors came into the shop because they'd been told that while they were in Scotland "You must visit the Pink Shop!" So now you know.
This is a photo of a painting by local artist Gloria Young, which I purchased recently. I am particularly amused by what she's done with the petrol pumps.
I took delivery of the latest batch of postcards from the printers. So, this is what 5000 postcards look like in piles of 100. These cards sell exclusively through the village shop, Munros, and a couple of thousand went down there to supplement their current stock. If you want to preview the cards have a look at the Slide Show on Benderloch.com.(PS They weigh an awful lot too, so my admiration goes to the delivery driver who carried them all in for me.)
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Tuesday evening. It had been a cool, mainly cloudy day and I had to go to the Patients' committee AGM at our local surgery in the evening. When we came out of the meeting around 9pm there was this terrific sunset. This view of Connel Bridge, with the orb of the sun just under the roadway, is from the rear of the surgery car park. I took several more pictures, but I think this is the best.
Since I had to cross the Connel Bridge to get home I parked at the south end and took this view. The scene is of the entrance to Loch Etive (which the bridge spans) in the foreground, and over Ardmucknish Bay toward the Morvern Hills. (About 9.15pm.)
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Saturday, May 14, 2005
St Modans centenary. The children from the three
local primary schools came to the church
yesterday, heard a talk from the Minister, used a
worksheet about the Church and finally left their
handprints and names on this large sheet which is
now hanging in the Church.
St Modan's Centenary - Saturday. Nice, sunny and warm today. The banner on the church looks good. Flower Festival has been set up inside. May add more pix later, which means they'll appear above this one!
Full details of the events for the next few days here.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Well, last week was pleasantly warm, but today we awoke to snow on the mountains. Got this shot late in the day. Its Ben Cruachan, about 8 miles from here (through a big telephoto lens). I had hoped to get a picture from the woods showing bluebells and snow in the same picture, but the cloud wasn't playing fair!
Saturday, May 07, 2005
I had to lower the window blind in my study as the sun was getting low in the sky when I realised it was raining. A quick trip to the front door with camera and there was the rainbow. Camera in position - press shutter release - no card in camera - back to study - rain is stopping - card into camera just in time to get this shot over the forest.
Picture taken today for comparison with the same scene at this time last year. Its now over a year since woodland was cleared here to make the road north wider. Comparing the two pictures suggests that bluebells don't thrive too well after the woodland has been cleared.
Had a meal out on Thursday night for a birthday celebration. Went to the Oyster Inn at Connel where you usually get a grand view over the sea to the west (Isle of Mull and Morvern Hills).There was a heavy shower just as we arrived but the sun peeked through the cracks in the clouds. This was the view from our table, through the window over the terrace and road. Do have a look at the Oyster Inn website - its rather jolly! (It should open in a new window, so you won't lose your place here.)
Common Seal at the Sea Life Sanctuary which we visited on Thursday.I've now realised some discipline is required when posting these pictures simply because the latest post appears above the others. So if I have a series of pix to post as a 'story' I need to send the first picture last or the sequence runs backwards as has happened below with the other Sea Life pictures. Sorry about that. I've added links to the Sea Life website where appropriate in the text.
Friday, May 06, 2005
The Sealife Sanctuary at Barcaldine has a seahorse breeding programme and I think this tiny creature is their first success. Taken with a handheld digital camera in low light with the camera just in gront of the tank. No flash, obviously! (Better pictures on the Sealife website here)