I must apologise to regular readers of my posts for the singular lack of any content over recent months. It has been almost five months since I last put anything significant up on my website. Why you may ask? It is quite simple really, I have been incredibly busy with other work and to be honest the weather has not been particularly kind to me when I was available to get out and about with the camera. However, being totally honest, I have definitely lost my mojo and it has only been in the last week or so that I have felt like getting back to it again.
So, this does not mean that I have not done any photography, and in fact I have been busy doing a bit of experimental shooting with infra-red, and a bit more bird photography as well. Therefore, by way of a little catch-up, I have drawn together below some of my better shots from the last few months and I hope you enjoy them.
This juvenile cuckoo was being very obliging today when I visited the crofts at Duirinish. It just sat on the fence waiting to be fed by its adopted parents, a pair of meadow pipits. I managed to get quite close and got a good number of decent shots with the one above being probably the best, along with the following one.
I took a couple of other bird photos, the first a young dunnock (hedge sparrow) and then what I think is a skylark, but I have my doubts about it possibly being a meadow pipit - feel free to post your opinion in the comments.
As always at this time of year, the meadows were looking really impressive, with a great diversity of flowering plants. Some small areas had been cut for silage already, but the damp weather has prevented most of it being cut as yet. While this is not particularly good for the crofters, it does mean more wild flower seed will be set and spread into the meadows, enhancing their already considerable conservation value.
The next shot was taken at the weekend, at Drynoch on Skye, in the bay below the cemetery. There are a number of old boats tied up at the shore and I thought they might offer up a compelling composition or two. As it was this was really the only good shot I managed to capture, but it works well with the Cuillin ridge in the background.
On Friday last week I took my wife for a drive up Strathconon with the hope of getting some interesting photo opportunities. As it happened the best chance came with a large herd of red deer stags with antlers in full velvet. I suspect these deer are being fed as they were very closely herded together which is quite unusual from my experience. None-the-less, they presented an exciting opportunity to capture these magnificent animals from a decent distance. This shot only includes about a third of the total number present.
The next, and last colour shot, was taken at Loch Achidh na h-Inich one afternoon when the light made the woodland of the Coille Mhor shine brightly green and the lack of wind provided lovely reflections on the water. So many shades of green!
The remaining shots are a collection of slightly older shots captured at various locations over the past few months.
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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