This is a shot of An Tobar (the well) at Port an Eorna. The well is the dark hole in the centre of the photo, you can just see the channel where the water runs down towards the pool at the bottom. These old wells can be found all round the Highlands & Islands and would have been of critical importance to these small communities. This community still gets its water supply from the burn you can see entering the picture on the left. You can also see the old tractor, ruined croft house and a more recent croft house, merging the old with the new.
The shot below empitomises modern crofting where many of the old croft houses have been long abandoned to be replaced by much larger modern affairs, often with picture windows to take in the view. In days of old the houses were small to make them easier to heat and located in sheltered spots to avoid the worst of the weather. Now, since a lot of these houses have been developed as second homes the view is ore important and modern materials and building techniques allow greater scope I guess.
These old Ferguson TE20 tractors were the workhorse of the crofting areas and possibly more than any other piece of machinery revolutionised the agricultural systems of the crofting areas. For the first time crofters could use powered machinery to do various tasks such as mowing and ploughing. The small size of the Fergie is one of its greatest assets, being relatively light it does not compact the soil as much as modern machines do, and in these wet climes anything that reduces compaction and poaching of the soil is a good thing.
This shot was taken directly into the sun so I used HDR to balance the brightness with the shaded areas. It produces a vibrant and more colourful result but allows for greater range of contrast. In this shot the foreground is dominated by a wetland area that regularly hosts good numbers of Whinchat and occasional Snipe during the summer. The grassy area off to the middle left is a fantastically species-rich meadow with huge numbers of Greater Butterfly Orchids.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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