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N 704 B 89.5K C 107 E Oct 27, 2018 F Nov 8, 2018
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If you've read the lead up to this from my previous upload then you shouldn't be surprised!
Not quite the conditions or image I had in mind but I thought I'd post it to give you all a laugh.

Mrs R stayed sensibly above the rock line!

Tags:   Dunstanburgh Castle Northumberland National Trust Caster long walk ruins £6 free cheated castle history started out as a nice day blue skies clouds beach pebbles boulders surf form spray waves windy stormy long exposure fat chance Roswell meets Dunstanburgh bizarre chaossucks

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Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays

Tags:   Salford Quays Imperial War Museum North air shard moon sunrise abstract grey architecture modern modernism

N 104 B 3.6K C 40 E Oct 26, 2018 F Nov 1, 2018
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Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

A detour via Sycamore Gap added a couple of hours to our journey and by the time we arrived and checked in at the Lord Crewe in Bamburgh the light was fading and one hell of a storm was brewing. A quick change and drive along The Wynding to the beach car parks and this is as good as it got. Apart from us, these were the only people on the beach (there's a dog in there somewhere as well). I'm so glad we (I) stopped at Sycamore for the heavens did truly open twenty minutes later... all through the night and well beyond first light so no glorious sunrises this trip.

Tags:   Bamburgh Bamburgh beach Northumberland seascape sea waves surf people walking Farne Islands storm rainbow grasses windy gale hail rain

N 1.2K B 109.4K C 116 E Oct 12, 2018 F Dec 8, 2018
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Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Scotland

Our plans for our last morning on Skye had to be curtailed on account of storm Callum. Speaking with Dave Evans and his fellow togs earlier in the week, they had cut short their own plans and opted for an earlier ferry Thursday afternoon.
High winds and torrential rain had been forecast for Friday and all ferry sailings had been cancelled throughout the Hebrides. With the possibility of the main bridge being closed due to the high winds and not wanting to get marooned on Skye we set off early. We thanked the owners of our holiday home (a wonderful stay and highly recommended) and set off at 8am.

The journey down was uneventful without a hint of what was to come and we safely crossed the Skye bridge roundabout 9am. The wind was noticeably more blustery as we crossed, but the threatened 60mph winds were not scheduled until about 10am and so we congratulated ourselves on a good call. Our last overnight stop was down at the southern end of Loch Lomond and so we had plenty of time to drive there, but I had unfinished business at Eilean and a certain hut now only referred to as "Clutchgate" in our household.

I wanted a few shots of the castle from the side and the "All The Goodness Coffee & Bakeshop" on the peninsular before the bridge offers Mrs R the opportunity of a sit down and coffee and me - all the photos I could take. But like most things on this holiday, nothing was going to plan and the shop being shut didn't help. For me the wind was now blowing so hard I couldn't get a sharp image and was forced to setup low behind the front wing of the car. With periodic rain and spray from the loch keeping the filters clear was proving a bit of a nightmare. But every storm cloud has a silver lining and the now coffeeless Mrs R came to the rescue as a makeshift windbreak and filter cleaner while I faffed in between shots.

The weather was now very much evidently on the change and storm Callum was about to catch up with us. We spent a good hour watching and snapping the ever changing conditions, hoping to catch the fleeting sunrays cross over the castle. They never did and so I cut my losses and packed up. It turned out to be the right call for no sooner had we crossed the bridge and drove pass the castle did the full force of storm Callum empty the heavens. The rain was torrential all the way to Loch Lomond but I still had another stop-off to exercise a ghost from day one...

Tags:   Scotland Eilean Donan Castle castle island castle historic Dornie tidal island three sea lochs Loch Duich Loch Long Loch Alsh storm Callum storm windy clouds rain sunrays black and white b&w conversion atmospheric moody dark

N 100 B 2.7K C 36 E Oct 11, 2018 F Dec 6, 2018
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The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

After Kilt Rock we continued north for the Quiraing. This was always going to be the hit or miss location for me on account of Mrs R's height "issues" and before someone pipes up... we're not talking short***e either! Having failed to get her to the top of the Old Man (ooh matron!) viewpoint that is, this was always going to be a non-starter. However, I convinced her that it was worth the drive at least as the alternative was the long way round to Uig and our holiday home in Kensaleyre.

The Quiraing can only be reached by another single track road that cuts straight across the peninsular between Staffin (east) and Uig (west). The drive was quite uneventful compared to the Elgol trip with very few cars on this remote road. What did surprise me was to find a cemetery quite a way along the road and near one of the walking routes for the Quiraing. It had a very nice tarmacked car park as well, but you couldn't park there as the gates are permanently padlocked unless you are soon to become a patron. The main parking area sits on top of the plateau but you have to negotiate a switchback to reach it. The first is a right-hand bend that gradually steepens and then a tight left-hand, which is even steeper - if my memory serves me right - before summiting for the car park.

It occurred to me... if you were to die on Skye then you'd better kick the bucket on the east coast. Those on the west would have the more perilous journey to the cemetery. I wouldn't fancy the chances of the coffin staying put in the back of the hearse travelling down that switchback... just a thought.

Anyway, cutting to the chase... raining, dull, flat light, Mrs R underwhelmed again (although she did like the Storr), we didn't stop and carried on to Uig for a bit of light lunch. I have no idea what this picture has to do with all this waffle!

Tags:   Scotland Isle of Skye The Quiraing Trotternish ridge landslip Meall na Suiramach single track road switchback steep passing points Staffin Uig die in the east funeral coffin slip slidin away whoops sheep tell it as it is


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