Mushrooms on Tree

Wandering around the small fishing village of Plockton in the Scottish Highlands I was looking for interesting subjects whilst waiting for the sunset. At the bottom of a very large tree stump I found these huge mushrooms. I’m not sure how this natural history subject didn’t get picked up to be published back when it was first captured in the summer of 2008, but looking through my archives it really caught my eye because of the great pattern and textures of both the mushrooms and the tree bark.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

Found on a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland is the wonderfully photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Although restored in the early 20th century there has been a fort on this island since the 13th century. Aside from Edinburgh Castle it is arguably the most famous castle in the Highlands. Sadly I have only visited it once but hope to revisit one day.

Photographer on Ben Nevis

Photographer on Ben Nevis

I wasn’t as brave as this photographer getting so close to the edge. The drop below was hundreds of metres but I felt that he made a great point of interest, although we could see down from the mountain to the valleys below, the cloud was coming in fast, by no means clear blue skies. It is strange for me to think that this image was captured nearly four years ago, I guess time flies when your having fun. I look forward to one day revisiting this part of Scotland and getting back to the top of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the United Kingdom.

Argus Lifebuoy in Monochrome

Argus Lifebuoy in Monochrome

The Argus was a small tourist boat on which I was fortunate enough to take a trip to go Dolphin watching whilst in the highlands of Scotland. Above you can see a close up photo of the lifebuoy at the back of the vessel. It was perhaps as well for all on board that it wasn’t needed, judging by the distressed look of the lettering.

The path up Ben Nevis, Scotland

The path up Ben Nevis, Scotland

It isn’t much of a path, but I took this to illustrate just how difficult the conditions can start to get as you climb up the tallest mountain in the UK. The path is not as steep as I expected, but it can be tricky to navigate in parts due to loose stone as you can see here. This was taken in mid-June so there were quite a few people walking up and down the mountainside.