Post 9

Life and landscape
Norfolk & Harris

October 2013

Stob Ghabhar, Cloch Louthad, near Rannoch Moor

This post begins with a night photograph of distant peaks between Crianlarich and Glen Coe. I had been looking forward to some less favourable autumn weather and I wasn't disappointed during my recent visit to the Western Isles. Rapid changes of light and atmosphere kept me on my toes - I love how the clouds and mist simultaneously reveal and conceal.

I explored further afield into Harris and then Lewis, including a first trip to Stornoway. I particularly enjoyed the road from Tarbert to Stornoway, and back - the Lewis landscape sometimes looked like the surface of Mars, sometimes like the wild west, with fantastic glowing ochre colours in late afternoon. I hope to visit the Hebrides again in early new year.

The majority of the pictures here are made in Scotland, although I've included one or two from Norfolk which typify the landscape around where I live. One of these shows the recent intrusion of a solar farm, creating as much visual disturbance horizontally as wind turbines manage to do vertically. 

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Catherine Cunningham, Scalpay

Catherine's sister, Rachel Macsween, Scalpay

Outend, Scalpaigh

Taped and painted windows, South Lochs, Lewis

Loch Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Portree, Isle of Skye

Airidh a Bhruaich, Lewis

Stefan Davies, photographer, Caolas Scalpaigh

Loch Direcleit, Harris

Ewen Macleod, John Angus Macleod, Murdo Macsween, Roddy Mackenzie, Rev Andrew Coghill, Norman Morrison, Donald John Macsween, Angus Macleod - 
Deacon's Court, Scalpay Free Church

Meal Na Suiramach, Isle of Skye

Loch Seaforth, Harris / Lewis

John Randall with the Angus Macleod archive, Ravenspoint Centre, Kershader, 
South Lochs, Lewis

Free Church of Scotland, Park-Gravir, Lewis

Huishinish road, Harris

Baker's Farm, Lyng, Norfolk

Alison Young with Ethan (4 months), and Donna Martin. Harbour Bistro, Scalpay

Isle of Lewis

Glen Shiel, Western Highlands

Solar farm, near Weston Longville, Norfolk

Abdul Ghaffar, Akram General Store, Tarbert, Harris

Free Church (continuing), Scalpay

Scalpay Linen, Outend

Huishinish road, Harris

Stornoway harbour, Lewis

Kinloch Church, Lewis

Flodigarry, Isle of Skye

Outend, Scalpaigh

Loch Leosaid, Harris

Scaladal, north Harris