Saturday, 11 July 2009
Standing Stones, Scotland and A lot of catching up...
Ah, I do feel guilty. Its been a couple of months since my last update and there has been so much to report but, as ever, I just never seemed to get around to actually sitting here and doing it!
Shortly after the trip to Uffington and the White Horse I travelled to the Isle of Mull, Scotland, for a weeks archaeological work. While there I took the chance to drag my Pentax 6x7 camera around with me, complete with a new wide angle lens. Needless to say that while I was working the weather for the most part was lovely. As soon as I had some time to get out with the camera...it rained. Solidly.
Its sods law of course but even the fine misty drizzle (mizzle as I call it) that settled in didn't put an end to the exploration of the Island and with trusty Pentax in tow I ventured out to take photos!
There can be few places in Britain as beautifull as the scottish isles and Mull is especially stunning. I watched a sea otter swimming in Tobermory Bay (of course when I didnt have my camera with me) and sea eagles nesting beside a lake, with the aid of the local wildlife wardens. Even in damp and less than pleasant conditions it was still a joy to wander around the Island. I would definately recommend a visit.
Add to that a couple of days spent on the way back in Cumbria visiting stone circles and haunted inns and you have a perfect time away from home...!
Since Mull I have wandered from Somerset (one ruined castle) to Durham (another castle) and points inbetween...Watch this space and the website for shots from both locations.
Inbetween working away I am desperately trying to get as many films developed and photos finished as possible. I plan a series of standing stone images to go with the 'Long Meg' photograph seen here, taken in both Cumbria and Scotland. Long Meg is fascinating, the carvings are unusuall for a standing stone in England, though I have visited several in Scotland (Kilmarten Glen is full of them). She is the largest stone in a circle, second only in size I believe to Avebury. Quite a surprise after a drive along a tiny narrow lane to suddenly find yourself in the midst of!