Thurso Beach

Thurso Rocks W

Amazingly these pictures were taken around 11 o’ clock at night, quite a while after the sun had set on that particular night. Thurso is one of the most northern towns in mainland Scotland, and sits next to Scrabster Harbour which serves the Scrabster to Stromness ferry. The Cliffs at Scrabster are visible on the left hand side of the picture. Although the Orkney Islands are straight ahead, they aren’t visible except for an almost imperceptible line along the horizon.

The Bay of Skaill ‘standing stones’

Skara Brae Stones W

While in Orkney we ventured down to Skara Brae, the 5,000 year old neolithic site not far from Stromness. The site is situated next to the Bay of Skaill, and while we didn’t have time to see the real standing stones on Orkney, I did find these stones, left by someone a bit more recently!

St Magnus Cathedral

Kirkwall Cathedral II W


Kirkwall Cathedral A couple of pics from a recent trip to Orkney. This is St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. It was very busy with tourists (myself included), many of whom had came from a massive cruise ship dock outside Kirkwall Harbour. It was difficult to get shots without any people in them, especially since I had to use a tripod. I think these ones turned out not bad, though. The first is probably a bit over-the-top in terms of HDR processing, but I couldn’t resist with the amazing textures in the stonework.

“St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of

mainland Scotland. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney. It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney’s annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468. It has its own dungeon.

Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next three hundred years. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway. It was for Bishop William that the nearby Bishop’s Palace was built.

Before the Reformation, the Cathedral was presided over by the Bishop of Orkney, whose seat was in Kirkwall. Today it is a parish church of the Church of Scotland.”

(Source: Wikepedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kirkwall Cathedral III W

Reflections of decay

Reflection W

 

A nice shot of reflections in St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Dunbartonshire. This is the second time I’ve explored this old building. Both times there have been other people there exploring as well, I think despite being abandoned it is one of the main attractions (for people like me, anyway) in Cardross. It truly is a stunning building. There’s talk of restoring it to the way it once was, maybe it might see use again. Until then it’s one of the my favourite abandoned places in the area.

Loch Ard and Ben Lomond

Loch Ard & Ben Lomond

Last weekend me and my partner (also an academic, and a much better one that I) attended a writing retreat in Gartmore Village near Aberfoyle in the Trossachs. Most of the weekend was spent writing with the rest of the group, which was very productive, but I did manage to get a few pictures of the beautiful surroundings while I was there, despite the rubbish weather. This picture was taken from the east end of Loch Ard looking west towards the snow capped Ben Lomond in the distance. I’ll be taking a trip back here when the weather improves (and importantly it starts getting dark a bit later that 4pm) as it is a photographers paradise of beautiful woods, lochs and quiet little villages.

“Hill 60” Queens Park, Glasgow Southside

Hill 60, Glasgow Queens Park

This is Hill 60, as it’s locally known, in Queens Park, Glasgow Southside. Hill 60 actually refers to a battle for Hill 60 in Ypres, on the Western Front, during World War 1. The fact that the colloquial name for this steep hill refers to the site of several horrific battles, in which there were many casualties, tells you a lot about the often morbid humour of Glaswegians. Apart from leaving you a bit out of breath Queens Park’s very own “Hill 60” gives great view across the city in all directions, where many of Glasgow’s landmarks can be seen, as well as landmarks further afield, such as Ben Lomond far in the distance beyond the Campsie Hills to the North of the city.

Photography work for Elevation Architectural Design

Dumfries House Cabbage

 

So I’ve been pretty silent after that last rant, but it’s been a busy and exciting week. I am now an employee of the University of the West of Scotland (yas!) as a note taker and proof reader, very much looking forward to starting that in the coming weeks. Plus as part of the role I will receive some mental health training from the Glasgow Association of Mental Health, as well as dyslexia training from Dyslexia Scotland, which I am genuinely looking forward to.

As well as this I have been busy doing some photography work for my good friends over at Elevation Architectural Design for their upcoming showcase of  some of their amazing work. We had a bit of a frantic day visiting sites all over West between Ayrshire and Glasgow but managed to get all the shots we wanted and after a few late nights I have now handed over the final pictures for printing. Much to my relief they were pretty happy with the results!

This is the second time I will have had my photographs printed and framed in the space of a few weeks, which is something I am really not used and have really been enjoying. I’m glad it’s not my work that’s on show this time though, and that the focus will be more on the architecture and not so much on the photography, as I’m not great at talking about my pictures in person. Much better at typing my thoughts, hiding behind my keyboard…

Above is an example of one of the amazing buildings these guys have designed, Pierburg House on the Dumfries House Estate in East Ayrshire. The building is brand new, but was painstakingly designed in the traditional style of the other buildings on the estate, and it looks the part. Below is the courtyard of The Dairy School on the Auchincruive Estate in  South Ayrshire, and a residential property also in Ayrshire.

Be sure to check out their website if you’re thinking of having any architectural work done. If I ever get to the stage where I can afford to build my own house I know exactly where I’m going.

For more pictures of EAD’s work taken by me check out my Flickr set.

 

The Dairy School

 

House Side small