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In Search of Silence

Thursday Oct 12, 2017

The end of an indifferent summer on Skye. The rowans in late July getting ready for winter, berries massing, ready for the arrival of the redwings. Leaves rattling like old hollow bones after the youthful swishing and dancing in summer storms. But this day is warm, sunny, humid. And strangely quiet.

Blaven from Bruach na Frithe

The Raven's Peak

Saturday Aug 12, 2017

Deer and her calf on the summit plateau of Meallan Odhar

The day promised a wet start, with early autumn showers heading in from the west coast and low cloud on the tops. However, with a clear afternoon in prospect I decided to head up a hill I’ve long admired on the way through Glen Shiel. Biod an Fhitich.

The Little Book of Gaiku

Friday Apr 21, 2017

Little Book of Gaiku

A book of Gaelic haiku poems to accompany my wild land photographs had been an idea ruminating in the depths of my own wild imagination for some time. Having taken the plunge and self published the Little Book of Gaiku I was amazed to be contacted by Scotland on Sunday newspaper for a half page spread on what was believed to be the first full volume of Gaelic haiku poems.

A Winter Climb in Great Gully

Monday Nov 21, 2016

Blaven above Kilbride

After a few days of grotbags weather plastering the mountains in the first big snows of the season, Sunday dawned cold, clear and utterly enticing. So it was into the car and round to Blaven for a look around. As usual, I didn’t have anything specific in mind.

Wild Suardal

Sunday Sep 25, 2016

Looking up towards Beinn Suardail from the old railway in Strath

A wild night on Saturday as the autumn storm season began with a rattling roof, torrential rain and gushing winds roaring round the side of the local hills. The trees danced all night so they were pleased when it dawned bright and sunny though the wind was still high.

Autumn in the Skye hills

Tuesday Sep 20, 2016

Loch Slapin from Beinn na Cro, Isle of Skye

A three month photography exhibition with the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry, an article on Blaven in TGO, an upcoming feature in the John Muir Trust journal on connections between wild land and the Gaelic language and a book on Gaelic mountain poetry in the works.

Stravaiging The Lakes

Friday Jul 8, 2016

I like to get down to the Lakes now and then, usually involving a very long and complicated public transport journey but this time I drove to Ambleside as I had to return via Pitlochry to pick up what was left of my photography exhibition with the John Muir Trust’s Wild Space visitor centre and gallery. That’s another story though. A rollercoaster of a ride and outrageous success even if I say so myself!

High Pike

Photography Exhbition

Friday Apr 15, 2016

It’s been in the planning for a year, ever since my photo feature in the Scottish Mountaineer magazine when the John Muir Trust asked if I’d like to exhibit with them.

Gabbro Photography exhibition at the John Muir Trust in Pitlochry

Queen of the Winged Isle

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Queen of the Winged Isle

It’s oot! The May 2016 edition of TGO Magazine is in the shops with my feature on Blà Bheinn along with photographs I’ve created over the years when visiting Bàn-rìgh an Eilein Sgiathanaich, the Queen of the Winged Isle.

Chasing the sun

Saturday Apr 2, 2016

There had been high pressure over the UK for a few days and I’d been enjoying some great cycling in 17C, t-shirt and summer gear when the weather finally broke on the Saturday a couple of weeks ago. It was that kind of feeling though. The cloud was very low, 200m in places. The grey ceiling wasn’t producing any rain and it was lighter than it should be with that amount of cloud. It all screamed “inversion” and coupled with reports from a friend of an inversion in the Cuillin the day before and a forecast of cloud tops being around 1050m I headed out, making for the biggest hills in the area. The north Glen Shiel ridge.

Brocken Spectre on Sgurr nan Conbhairean

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