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Message posted by JimCall on 28/7/2014 at 8:46pm
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I thought, since I never posted any photos from our last jaunt at the Squirrel, I would stick some photos on here as a way of saying thank you to all those of you who follow the mad antics of the Deid Squirrels! I've started July 2013 since this gives a full year up til now and looking back on that period, its been non stop madness! You've probably seen a few of the photos before but I am attempting to portray the friendships forged during the year rather than the scenery. There are no dull faces here! (if there are, its alcohol induced!)
Islay and this pic of Swans Pool near Port Ellen sums up the beauty and tranquility of the island. We stayed at the campsite at Port Charlotte.
The "Riding of the Marches" is not some kinky activity but something they do in the Border towns whereby the horsemen ride round the boundary of the town to ensure the defences are sound. The origins go way back in time but its a great day out. This was in the village of Sanquar.
It was also a time for the gang to get together at the Red Squirrel and celebrate with a few drinks at the Clachaig Inn at Glencoe!
Left to right:- The Biz, Krazy, me, the Bowies, Pat, Noname, Bowies other half...
This time at Gimme Shelter near Dunfermline.
Krazy, the Biz and Armchair relaxing after a humongous meal, the fire is on and the beer is opened!
Back to Glencoe and the heather is in full bloom, braw!
That's the famous pap of Glencoe in the background.
I just couldn't resist taking a snap of this sorry looking Icarus! I was laughing so much when I took it I am surprised its not out of focus! Now kiddies, listen to your uncle Jim. Dont take alcohol when pitching a tent!
... and the weather is amazing! This shot was one of a series I took down in Glen Etive. The reflections are some of the best I have ever done. Glen Etive is getting a bit of bad press just now because some thoughtless morons are wild camping there and leaving all sorts of rubbish behind. I am proud of my country and I cannot abide anyone defacing it by leaving their crap behind. Sorry for the rant but its a pet hate of mine. Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but footprints and you wont go far wrong!
The leaves are just beginning to turn and there is very little in the way of high level snow. This is the Glencoe Lochan. Sit down, chill out, take in the view, repeat until cured :)
The weather is getting a wee bit colder so enter the ultimate breakfast machine!
And at last, the first snowfall of winter!
I managed to capture this moment when a young red deer was still suckling its mother. Believe it or not, this was taken the next day after the snow fell!
What can I say! It was a total washout. All rain, no snow, not good. I suffered 3 or 4 trips in a row just like this. To say I was cheesed off was an understatement!
However, all is not lost when you are surrounded by good friends! Like minded souls who are also as mad as a box of frogs!
Now your talkin' Some decent weather for a change!
The snow isnt lying for long but it makes for some nice shots!
Back to Gimme Shelter and Jelboy & Krazy wrap up ready to consume copious amounts of red tinnies !
Damp and cold, time to keep the fire going....
... and watch out for wild life!
But when the clouds clear, its time to take some snaps!
This is looking down towards Glencoe, the main road on the left and the famous Aonach Eagach ridge on the right.
...and there's a great bit yellow thing in the sky! Still cold but at least its dry! The Ewok, myself and Jelboy getting a sun tan. (remember our natural skin tone is blue and it takes at least a week for us to turn white!)
Down to the Borders to a braw wee village called Moniaive for a fantastic folk music festival...
Then its off to Knoydart, the highlight of the Deid Squirrel tour of duty!
This is Armchair proving that you can backpack and include a kitchen sink and cooler!
...but so worth it for the sunsets!
Back to Comrie Croft and preparations are underway for the longest day celebrations (sacrificing an Ewok!)
My holiday with the other half to the Outer Hebrides (see separate thread). A couple of my fav pics from that trip...
The standing stones at calanish
Port of Ness beach..
Butt of Lewis lighthouse..
Back to Glencoe and the Canadians invade the village!
... and finally, who says there is no talent in the group?
I hope you have enjoyed my whistle stop tour of the year so far! More to come in the winter!
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