Isle of Skye-Coral Beach

Isle of Skye-Coral Beach

Beaches are not high up on the list of Skye’s attractions, but Claigan, The Coral Beach on the north east peninsula is one to visit The beach is famous for its deep blue sea and dazzling white sand which is actually crushed bleached skeletons of Red Coralline seaweed (also known as Maërl). These collect into underwater beds which provide shelter for marine animals  and  young scallops in particular. When fragments of it are washed up on the beach they are dried and bleached by the…

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Isle of Skye-The Fairy Pools

Isle of Skye-The Fairy Pools

At the foot of the rugged Black Cullin range on the road through Glen Brittle to the loch lie the Fairy Pools, a must for any photographer visiting Skye. The crystal clear pools and waterfalls, framed by the dark and brooding Cullin mountains backdrop, are also a popular spot for wild swimming There is an underwater arch in one of the pools, popular for swimming  The imposing pinnacle of Sgurr an Fheadain rises directly ahead

How to photograph Bluebells.

How to photograph Bluebells.

Its that time of year again when the vibrant purple/blue flowers of the Bluebells carpet woodlands across the UK. Bluebells transform our woodland in springtime. The carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy is one of our greatest woodland spectacles. It’s not surprising that bluebell is one of the nation’s best-loved wild flowers.Over half the worlds bluebells can be found growing in the deciduous broadleaved woodlands of UK. So, how best to capture their beauty? Equipment A wide…

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Rebels Wood. A walk with Joe Strummer.

Rebels Wood. A walk with Joe Strummer.

The weekend of the 40th anniversary of The Clash’s self titled debut album seemed like as good a time as any to visit Rebels Wood on the Isle of Skye, part of The Future Forest planted in memory of Joe Strummer to offset carbon production. I’ve had a tree planted on the site since its inception but to date have not made the trip to Skye. The forest of native deciduous trees was planted in 2003 and is developing into…

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Isle of Skye-South Skye

Isle of Skye-South Skye

Today was spent exploring the south tip of the island, known as the Garden of Skye and including Sleat and Kyleakin. Here the landscape is less harsh than the rest of the island and provides all the trappings of civilisation such as Co-op, fish and chips and petrol. Our plan was to visit the otter hide at Kylerhea, and after a long windy drive and hike in driving rain, that the locals refer to as “thats mist, not rain” we…

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Isle of Skye-Minginsh

Isle of Skye-Minginsh

After a marathon 13 hour drive we arrived on the Isle of Skye in rain of biblical proportions, with water literally pouring off the hillside. The weather then cleared later that night long enough for a brief glimpse of The Northern Lights! Today, after a wet start the weather broke for a trip to Glen Brittle Forest which lies in the shadows of the Black Cullin ridge. The forest has a network of tracks and trails, interlaced with streams and…

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