This is a more traditional night view of Eilean Donan Castle, with snow on the mountains behind giving some added atmosphere.
A Heilan' Coo with an itch - too good to miss!
Driving between one side of the Trotternish Peninsula and the other, we suddenly were presented with the most magnificent rainbow.
This old boat sits on the shore of Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, and gives different photo opportunities depending on the tide. My favourite is with the tide in, partially submerging the boat, as seen here. On this occasion I arrived to shoot, not realising quite how high the tide would be, and the boat was nowhere in sight! So, time to listen to some old CDs in the car while watching the water slowly drop. By then it was quite dark but this only enhanced the shot, allowing me to take a very long exposure. Further manipulation of the image to produce this final result included my own tweak of the Orton effect.
The remains of this old boat, covered in yellow seaweed, is visible at low tide, and makes for an eerie and intriguing shot.
Highland Cow grazing outside of Elgol. A herd of Highland Cattle grazes around this area and can often be found walking along the verge of the road or close by. On this occasion I decided to show a single Heilan' coo just grazing in the natural surroundings.
Inspired by a Wildlife Photographer of the Year winning shot of a rim-lit polar bear, I decided to try something similar. Of course, we're a bit short of polar bears on Skye but Highland Cattle abound, and I'd never seen a shot of this kind used on a Heilan' Coo so that made it all the more appealing for me to have a go at. I also enjoy minimalism, so I found the end result very pleasing.
A river flows down from Bla Bheinn (Blaven), one of Skye's 12 Munros. It provides some interesting waterfalls, this one being a small but picturesque example.
This is, in fact, a sand pattern from my favourite location for these. This particular beach has everything that helps to form such patterns freshly, twice every day, so each visit will be unique. A shallow sandy beach, a stream running through it and, most importantly, two colours of sand combine to create an enormous variety of patterns. Some of the most common patterns are formed by tiny rivulets on a receding tide, leaving behind what (with very little imagination) look like trees. Here I have simply used some washes of colour in the processing to further enhance the idea of a petrified forest.
This was one of my first Skye images - shot from in front of my house! I spotted the rainbow between Skye and the mainland with the mountains just visible through the rain. While setting up the shot, the yacht appeared. Happy bunny.
The sun dropped behind the castle as the sky turned yellow and orange. With the castle's evening lighting not yet switched on, it was almost a silhouette.
Although seen in a harbour, this is not a Harbour (or Common) Seal but a Grey Seal. This one was particularly curious, surfacing right next to a boat that about a dozen of us were boarding, and it hung around for quite a while in spite of drawing our attention. We could only wonder what it thought of our bunch of humans!
Eilean Donan Castle is probably one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, if not the world, so finding something a little bit different was my goal. With the mountains behind shrouded in cloud, this left the castle looking very isolated, so I accentuated that by making it small in the frame.