A day round Skipness Argyll AND a search for that Wow Sunset
A day round Skipness Argyll AND a search for that Wow Sunset
I have decided to make this my last Blog until next Spring unless some great event happens and to dust down the Computer as a more practical use of my time. This was meant to be a small blog about a day out in Skipness Argyll, however events overtook this idea in the guise of dry weather most of which was different shades of black grey blanket cloud but there were lots of pics taken in this moment of calm and the thought came that you really never know what pic is round the corner when you go out on a walk and so I have lumped things together from the last two weeks and hopefully managed to turn this into an interesting blog. Thanks to all those who have supported my blogs throughout the year
Starting off with the trip to Skipness, Sat a beautiful sunny day not a cloud in the Sky perfect for what i had in mind which was to go over the hills to Skipness which is around 30 miles on the east side of the peninsular and use the Isle of Arran hills as a backdrop for some pics of Skipness. After 7 miles I was on the coast road and ahead of me was the dreaded mist over the hills and sea" humph" thought I it might lift on the other side of the hills , FAT CHANCE, after 15 miles it was much thicker and it was obvious long views were out for this day. I took the pic above from the top of the hills going over, it really is beautiful up here but with all the conflicting light its quite difficult to put into a pic. The next pics are at the ferry terminal which is now closed for the Winter.
I had not realized this was quite humourous until I put it on the computer
You want remote, this is remote , I was just partaking of a sandwich in front of the village post office when I realized my Wife was missing, looked up and there she was just a pimple in the distance
Down at the Castle we wandered to the Pebble beach which bounds the eastern side of the Castle, tried the camera out on black and white with quite a nice effect.I have to say I find it quite amusing that after fifty years of improving technology to enable us to take real colour pics we end up trying to go back to the beginning in B&W, from just above the beach I managed to get a view of the back of the Castle.
I realized that the way that the sun was shining if we went to the end of the Beach and through the chapel graveyerd over a fence through a gate and into the middle of a field I would or should get a good silouhette of the Castle. so off we went.
Dont know what you would call this bird except some sort of goose but it was part of the Castle menage which came to see us off as we approached the car to leave
I found this sign post hidden away at the ferry point, I found it quite mystical and sensuous and such a waste of such a beautiful piece of art so I took a pic of it and put it into a more suitable situation. The picture below is really what started the next section, it was in my gallery and I was amazed at the number of views and comments it received, I thought it was a good pic but it really doesn't grab me at all which made me wonder what exactly would make a wow pic for me.
This is a pic which shows where my main pic area is for sunsets , the west loch and loch an add which are located at the back of the hills in the highlighted area, to the left of the pic is the first route upto the lochs which is a straight upward climb and a bit of a lung buster the second route on the right cuts up and through the forest in a zig zag way and joins the first route near the top of the main climb, it takes a bit less wind and strain and gives a few photo opportunities in the forest.The weather over the Lochs as a rule of thumb can be judged from the highlighted bit of sky, it quite frequently is raining or hailing on this side of the hill so I use this patch of sky to decide what to do because it can be quite nice once your over the hill.
I started this trip out in low light with a thick cover of cloud, but there was light in the sky over the hill so I decided to get to the bottom Loch through the forest and then make a decision to go on or return at that point. this is a pic of a sluice which is at the end of the river from the hills and the flow is controlled from the first Loch in the hills, it fills a booster reservour for the Crinan Canal and quite usually in the off season has only a trickle of water coming through, as I approached this all I could hear was a roar of water and as you can see it was really flying and muddy, this meant that the waterfalls would be really worth a look at on the way through the forest although the low light was a bit of a negative, Despite this I managed the next two pics,
The next waterfall I came to would normally be non existant or innaccesible due to foilage,this will go down as my most dangerously obtained pic, it isn't brilliant but there will not be a lot of this about in peoples albums. The ground fell away steeply just off the Vertical for around 15ft the ground was soft wet and swampy covered in low dead vegetation and moss, there was nothing that was strong enough to grab hold off, I slowly inched down about 15 foot to within 2 foot off the edge of the bank which sheared off into a gorge which was around 15 foot deep with rocks and seething waters at the bottom, one slip and you could get seriously beaten up, I got into a crouch to try to get stable to take a pic but with the ground so squishy it was difficult to keep steady, there were twigs across my view I managed to clear the immediate area but I must admit I was afraid to move any more, I lost a lot of the pics to blur and I lost some because the auto focus locked onto twigs and blurred the falls but at least I managed one.
This pic was taken from the opposite bank on an earlier walk and gives some idea of the depth and steepness of the gorge
After edging gingerly back to the forest track I started to walk up to two more accessible falls, and now we have the TV moment, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT ?? easy, the water disappeared and became no more than a drip from a tap, I can only assume that the canal water board had shut the valve on the top Loch AHHHhh well no more falls onward and upward to the Lochs. The following pics need little explanation they are pics of the different formations over the Two Lochs in the last ten days and I will put in any comments that seem appropriate.
I took this pic while moving across from West Loch to East Loch it is pitch black through the forest and previous pics i have tried have been real failures, I balanced the camera on a root on the ground with the delay timer and low speed high Iso
and i could not resist the sound of rushing water for the second pic on the way home
these water pics were taken on really bad days mainly for the experiance
Sometimes you just end up with rather bland skies
and when you really are bored you can always experiment with the dam
caught this swirly water when I was outward bound
these are three pics on the trail upto the top Loch an Add
these pics were taken on the last two outings
Well the sun has truly set on this adventure, did I find my WOW pic? well I'm afraid not, some good ones that I really like but nothing that has matched the pic in my head. Did I learn anything ?? I found that I prefer dramatic skies with lots of contrast and that one picture of clouds with a translucent effect in a kind of pastel shade contrast can be as dramatic as the intense colours of a full blown sunset and I think I am beginning to know my camera backwards and certainly got more used to the enigmas of software. So the search continues for eldorado. Hope you have enjoyed this little jaunt so until the Spring or the wow wow wow enjoy the coming festivities and keep on snapping. Bye For now. P.S got lured out halfway through doing the text for this by some really stormy weather that had possibilities and ended up with these three pics.
Truly The End