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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.
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Sunday, 8 June 2014

FISHING. (08/06/14)

An alternative title could be The Shed.

It was a perfect day yesterday, last night it got a bit wild, wet and windy. Around half seven this morning it looked as if the rain had stopped and so it had for the half hour it took me to wander half a mile or so along the cliff top. I looked out towards Lewis and saw the horizon obliterated. No Jacket and too far to get back to shelter. I took the positive view; the dogs got a walk and a wash and I got a shower.

I’m trying to get a couple of days in front as it looks as if we may be in for a stormy spell.

On the way back I past this little bothy. It is part of an old Salmon fishery and is now a little museum. It was shut but I’ll go and have a look inside when it next starts raining.

_MG_2101_2_tonemapped The Salmon Bothy.

_MG_2097     The Ice House. Ice was collected from frozen Lochs in winter and stacked in here to keep the catch fresh.

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_MG_2111       It is a beautiful little shelter.

_MG_2098       These poles were used for hauling the nets up to dry and for repair.

_MG_2114      Net anchors. These are about six feet long so substantial things.

_MG_2117      The slip way, There are the remains of old windlasses here but I couldn’t get a good view of them.

_MG_2153    I’ve drawn a little diagram to explain the system. A lead net is run out from the shore and the Salmon which are swimming up and down the coast looking for the river where they were born see the net and think it is shore so swim along it and into the trap net. The fishermen sit in the Salmon Bothy and can sea through the water when they have got enough fish to warrant putting out their pipes and rollups, finishing their homebrew and rowing out to collect their fish. It must have been a very efficient system as it has been banned.

I’ll leave you to enjoy the coming week with a cliffscape.

_MG_2108  This is Split Rock. I can see it through the van windscreen, I have to stretch up a bit as it lies behind the bins.

16 comments:

  1. What a really interesting post today Adrian. Have a great week huddled away.

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    1. Carol, I found the place fascinating. I'll be out and about no matter what the weather. You don't escape that easily.

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  2. Very informative post Adrian. That 'shed' is super...endless photo opportunities there?
    As for the artwork....?.........[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I would like to light paint it with a full moon setting behind it. It's the wrong time of year for that.
      I thought you would enjoy the fishes. It's a plan view and took me longer to photograph than it did to draw. I must be an artist.
      Next time you post watch sharpening. I suspect that Google are sharpening Blog images. These are haloing and they are perfect on my Monitor. I may have to start uploading to Photobucket or go to Wordpress.....Bastards!

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  3. That's a really great spot for photography. I really like the first image, but also the little bay and rugged coastlines.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, I'm going to have my meal now and get up in the dark for some light painting. It will probably cloud over and rain but I'll be ready if the weather is.

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  4. Adriaan prachtie what a barn and a whole mooieleerzame IFORMATIO.

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    1. Bass is een prachtige plek met geschiedenis.

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  5. It's interesting that the remains of the old ways are still there. I guess modern day fishers have different boats and come from farther away.

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    1. Red, they did use a boat but these were static nets. Fly fishing for Salmon is big business here for the landowners. Scotland isn't very democratic so the crofters that used to work this system for a few months a year have gone and their lives for the most part forgotten. It's good this remains.

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  6. Looks a lovely place there; and not a Tesco in sight.

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    1. It is spot on Keith. There is a Tesco in Ullapool and one at Inverness.

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  7. I learnt something today which is always good...just got to sit down to recover now.

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    1. Douglas, It's a good job I didn't post this a few weeks ago. At least you can sit down today.

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  8. I could sit and look at that first picture for ever and a day. What is it about sheds and bothies?

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    1. Graham, there are so few of them that are preserved. It is a pity.

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