ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 14 June 2013

A DAY OF REST. (14/0613)

It’s the crack of noon, the dogs have been swimming in the Minch and I am suffering from a sufficiency of red wine. Thank the lord I have the dogs. They make me feel guilty. So I could well become a Wee Free.

The weather took a turn to normal. I put another couple of layers on over my mankini. The sexes are hard to differentiate up here.  This is coral sand at Uig.

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_V0G6859 The view from the van at Uig. What a road and what a place, I got lost. Three times! So lost that it cost quarter of a tank of diesel. I got to places that the camper was too big for Gallan Head is a place everyone should visit but I was too involved extricating my house to fully appreciate it. I’ve seen footpaths in Derbyshire wider and they are the path to the outside toilet.

_MG_0726 This is a Lewis Pipet. They rear their young in old rabbit burrows. Brilliant they are.

_V0G6888This plant was created on a Sunday. Never seen one like it. It’s called a Lewis Dock. Both the above images are open to proper folk to identify.

I then moved the truck to the seat of Clan Edwards. Oh Dear! What an evening. I’m renowned, if not celebrated, as a piss artist but did I have a wonderful time. Amazing how a Scouser and a Yorkshireman can sit for hours without falling out or fighting. It’s either French wine or old age or being abroad to blame.

Graham has House Martins. I know they are common in temperate England but up here they are not even recorded. The poor buggers are trying to build a nest out of peat and sand. They are struggling to make it stick to his wall.

Bayble baypan1 The badly stitched panorama from my camera and the CooP’s wine This is Grahams view….I could keep on with excuses….I’m away to my bed….Have a great weekend.

 

28 comments:

  1. Looks a bit desolate there Adrian?...much the same as your state of being after a night on the pop!!

    Your Lewis pipet looks more like a Lewis Sparra to me!...or maybe it's just a female Stonechat?

    It's funny how you seem to have a lot of things that are peculiar just to Lewis there?...it must be something in the air (or the pub!)...take your Lewis Dock, how strange that it looks exactly like the Common Bistort that you can find in the rest of the country?!!

    I hope your head clears soon!...Have a good weekend...[;o)














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    1. Trevor, there are acres of nothing full of things it's grand. You put me on the right track it's a Whinchat. It hovers like a Pipet though. Common Bistort...many thanks. I have never seen it before. It is a Dock so I'm not a complete Muppet.

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    2. Female Stonechat Adrian!!...[;o)

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    3. Okay...I'll learn not to argue.

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  2. Thats a fantastic sky you show in the last photo Adrian.


    peter

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    1. Peter, it was a very dull, wet day so a bit of HDR came in handy. A tripod would have come in handy as well.

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  3. Good deal you made ​​with the HDR photo ... You've encouraged :))
    I wish you good weekend.
    A hug.

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    1. Thank you Laura. I was getting desperate after two days of rain.

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  4. Thanks Trevor, what it is to know things. I now wonder how many birds hover six feet off the ground. I'm easily confused.

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  5. I like the barren vistas. First there' much to say about color and shapes. Then it reminds me of the Arctic with it's rolling topography which goes on forever.

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    1. Red, I'm in my element. One good photo a week is good. I'll keep plugging away in the rain.

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  6. The thought crossed my mind that you were probably in more danger of falling off your chair than falling out with Mr Edwards. Nice to see Graham's view given an artistic touch.

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    1. You said what went through my mind too, Pauline. ;)

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    2. Pauline, It's only a joke. He was born and dragged up only sixty miles from me. We were raised up proper! He was very hospitable though.

      Monica, I take my lead from my betters. I'm still striving to achieve the alcohol intake of our leaders. The price of it gets in the way.

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  7. I love the last panorama. Great shots Adrian!

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    1. Maria, I was drunk as a monkey when I shot the sequence. In CS6 RAW converter there is a wee brush tool that alters exposure. I suspect that HDR is dead.

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  8. Photographs are improving Adrian!! Not strictly Graham's view - he looks out over the pier and a very sandy beach - but good try - especially after so much wine! If you had been taking that picture a
    about three months ago that too would have been just golden sand but owing to the "brisk" north easterlies during the winter, the sand has been dragged out to sea and left just rocks. This is a great shame but Graham promises me that it has happened before and the sand comes back eventually.

    Happy travelling and picture taking. Pat

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    1. Spesh. I went a walk. I'll admit that near enough is not good enough but good enough ought to be near enough. This is the former.
      Sand is either dumped or removed in storms. It's why sea water looks cloudy sometimes. Yes the sand will come back.

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  9. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  10. I'm very taken with the Common Bistort. I'm off in search of it tomorrow.

    Unfortunately the House Martins have given up the battle. The fact that there is no clay for many miles around doesn't help. I think they were a little late for this year anyway. A post will follow in the next day or so. I am hoping that they were reconnoitring for a proper attempt next year when I will import some suitable material and keep it by the pond.

    The Scouser (a Lancastrian!) and the Yorkshireman had a lot more in common than separated them. Their differences were largely a matter of degree.

    Enjoy the Islands.

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    1. Graham, I should have recognised it. I found it's pond living cousin last year...my broin is going. I think I may be getting dyspepsia!
      It was a good evening. Four bottles of wine and at way over the minimum unit cost is a social drink. Hitting posh malts till the early hours just lubricates the little grey cells.
      Scousers eat stew and steal anything if it's nailed down they pinch the nails. I sussed you were not a proper one so didn't lock the van.

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    1. Thanks John, I was a bit emotional. I was on the edge of a cliff, literally and in reality.

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  12. Beautiful view..but the last shot is my favorit..=)

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    1. Magic Moments, thank you. It is not a good one though the medium is well worth exploring and playing with. Playing is fun.

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  13. I had a fanciful idea for continuing my recent trip to the inner Hebrides with a trip here. A bit more remote than I expected.

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    1. Jay, it's well worth a visit. Parts of it are very desolate but I find beauty in desolation.

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