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N 0 B 0 C 0 E Nov 13, 2022 F Dec 10, 2022
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A solitary periwinkle for Smile on Saturday theme 'Shells'.

Tags:   Smile on Saturday Shells

N 203 B 3.6K C 32 E Nov 13, 2022 F Dec 9, 2022
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Sunset at Elgol, Isle of Skye.

Explored (Number 17) December 9, 2022.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape sunset Elgol long exposure

N 126 B 1.4K C 63 E Nov 29, 2022 F Dec 4, 2022
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For Macro Mondays theme 'Crack'.

A field trip for Brian! I thought that a very old cemetery might give opportunities for cracked headstones. This cemetery is at the Cill Chriosd church ruin near Broadford on Skye that dates from the late 16th/early 17th century. Surprisingly, I only found one headstone among the dozens I looked at that had any cracking - see first comment box that shows the headstone was only about 4 cm in width. It was completely encrusted with various lichens so it was impossible to see any name or dates, but it seems to be one of the oldest headstones. I expect that the cracks have been caused by cycles of freeze/thaw over many decades. A wee bit of brightness in the backlight allowed the tiny body of the snail to show off its translucence.

No snails were harmed in the making of this photograph.

Tags:   Macro Mondays Crack macro headstone animal invertebrate mollusc gastropod snail Garden snail Cornu aspersum Cill Chriosd cemetery graveyard

N 66 B 780 C 43 E Nov 27, 2022 F Dec 3, 2022
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Not the best of auroras, it was quite weak and diffuse with little evidence of ray structure (and clouds in the way). But I wanted to show the light from the Ocean GreatWhite - one of the world's largest ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs that is currently moored in Loch Kishorn for maintenance. Although it is miles away, the rig is visible from my house on Skye - it is huge, and easily dwarfs the rig Northern Producer that is moored nearby awaiting decommisioning - photographed on a kayak outing in August 2021 (see first comment box). Sadly it doesn't look like there will be an opportunity to kayak over to the Ocean GreatWhite, it is further away and there is a 300 metre exclusion zone around it.

The aurora exposure was 25 seconds, but this resulted in the light from the rig showing as a big white blob bleeding into the otherwise dark lanscape. I shot the rig on a 0.3 second exposure then blended the images. Zooming in shows details of the lights on the rig even at this distance. Had the aurora been better, I might have been tempted to just clone out the rig.

Tags:   Scotland Skye landscape seascape aurora northern lights long exposure stars night Ocean GreatWhite oil rig drilling rig

N 188 B 1.6K C 165 E Sep 29, 2015 F Dec 2, 2022
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One from the archives for Smile on Saturday theme 'Sunrise'.

Although I had always been a morning person, since developing chronic insomnia a few years ago, I frequently don't even get to sleep until sunrise. It was only when I got home from this stunning sunrise on Broadford Bay several years ago that I realised the reflection of the sky in the water gave a distinctive French flag - not added in photoshop I hasten to add!


Tags:   Smile on Saturday sunrise Scotland Skye landscape Broadford Bay Irishman's Point long exposure seascape French flag Tricolour aoi bestcapturesaoi


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