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Subject Topic: My Year in pics (July 13 to July 14)
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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!)

Lets go....

JULY 2013

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.



AUGUST 2013

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...



SEPTEMBER 2013

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!



OCTOBER 2013

... 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!



NOVEMBER 2013

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!



DECEMBER 2013

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!



JANUARY 2014

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!



FEBRUARY 2014

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 !



MARCH 2014

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.



APRIL 2014

...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!)



MAY 2014

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!





JUNE 2014

Back to Comrie Croft and preparations are underway for the longest day celebrations (sacrificing an Ewok!)



JULY 2014

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..



Horgabost campsite...



Back to Glencoe and the Canadians invade the village!



... and finally, who says there is no talent in the group?

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I hope you have enjoyed my whistle stop tour of the year so far! More to come in the winter!

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Brilliant photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Great pics Jim, especially the scenic ones of Glencoe - the first one is gorgeous

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Message posted by mjdb on 28/7/2014 at 9:56pm
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Fantastic photos ...of scenery & folk.
Stunning 2nd sunset photo ...looks like the water is on fire.
Thanks for sharing your camping times with us ...always great reading from the Deid Squirrels!

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Message posted by dk168 on 28/7/2014 at 10:42pm
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Great pics, thanks for sharing!

Not sure if Jelboy qualifies as talent! Don't give up the day job I'd say!

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Hey....DK...Sitting right here........

Once again a fine pictorial record of the coming and goings of a few camping buddies....Some of which I was involved in....So thanks for the above Jim.....

Have to say I have enjoyed every camping trip this year so far....Be that solo or as part of a group....Knoydart being a particular favourite.....

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Great photos Jim. Can I ask, where exactly is Glencoe lochan - been to Glencoe loads of times can't recall seeing it. Looks like a nice place for a stroll.

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Yahoo great photo Jim, and great memories even for those of us not on the trips

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Feeblecat, as you come out of glencoe village (towards the Pap) cross the humpback bridge and a few metres to the left you will see a tarmac road signed for the lochan and some b&b houses. Follow the road up until there is a small junction (no more than 200mtrs or so) and keep to the right. You enter a small car park and the lochan is gained by taking the path to the right (not the one leading directly up the steep hill) Its only 100m and you cant see the lochan until you are at it! Worth a stroll round, give yourself 1/2 hr, more for taking photos!


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Quote: Originally posted by JimCall on 29/7/2014
Feeblecat, as you come out of glencoe village (towards the Pap) cross the humpback bridge and a few metres to the left you will see a tarmac road signed for the lochan and some b&b houses. Follow the road up until there is a small junction (no more than 200mtrs or so) and keep to the right. You enter a small car park and the lochan is gained by taking the path to the right (not the one leading directly up the steep hill) Its only 100m and you cant see the lochan until you are at it! Worth a stroll round, give yourself 1/2 hr, more for taking photos!




Thanks. Is this where the 3 lochan walk is Jim?

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Well there are 3 signposted walks at the lochan


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Great pics love all my trips with all you bunch of crazies lol

Love the Glen Etive reflection pics x


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Nice compilation jim

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Isn't it great to look back at the highlights of the camping year! What a great compilation with a wide variety of places.

I can't believe the amount of water hanging in your tarp in the wet photo! Looks as if it's about to burst through.

Heehee - I'll learn to camp light one of these days! That's an embarrassing amount of stuff I had with me on the bike at Knoydart.

Doubled up here laughing at the Jelboy video - I think you got the words slightly muddled there Jel. Visions of the Glesgae cat sitting on a poor dug!

Here's to the next year's worth of camping shenanigans!

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Becoming "Famous" in some circles for getting my words muddled or mixed up Armchair....Never mind....The video is out there in cyberspace....Can't go back and change it....Will just have to do another one next year.....

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Fantastic pictures, thanks for sharing.

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