The Going Year

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I’ve never been much for celebrating the New Year coming in. I think it stems from my parents quiet ambivalence to all the New Year partying. Look back at the old year, take the lessons from it and move onto the new, seems to be as good an option as any.

The photo, by the way, isn’t my ‘best photo of 2013’ as so many photographers seem to do but i suppose it could be seen as a slight reference to the end of the year as we all paddle our kayaks towards the unknown waters on the horizon. Ahem… deep. 🙂

The weather in Uig, Skye that day was miserable with rain and a ferocious wind battering this group of kayaking rookies who were taking instruction. Only the guy in the lead boat seemed to be comfortable in the constant rough swell of the waves. The others had a rather stiffer technique which seemed to be a combination of intense concentration mixed with mild terror. You couldn’t help but admire them as they battled the elements.

My big find of 2013 was chess. I used to play many years ago and after buying a set up in Skye, i found that my passion for the game came back. Professional photography can be quite a intense business at times and i find that chess provides a welcome escape away from the thought processes of work. Photography can become all-consuming if you let it.

So finally I’d like to finish this final post of 203 with a thank you to everyone who follow the blog or reads the posts. It is very much appreciated. Next year i will try and post more regularly. I certainly want to try and use Pressgram more than i have.

Have a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014.

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The Jagged Face

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This image was taken at Neist point, the most westerly point on the Isle of Skye.

This large cliff stands above the lighthouse and is a popular climb for many visitors wishing to get a better view. I decided against it. It seemed rather unforgiving, cruel even with its sharp and jagged rock face. Definitely not a cliff to the trifled with. How right i was.

During a later Google search i found that the cliff and the image took on a somewhat darker tone.

Stalking Seagull

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This guy was lucky that the wooden pallet was there to stop this aggressive bird from taking his fish. The bird made several attempts to get at the food but each time backed off at the last minute, uncertain of how he would escape if he did get the food. All the time he was doing this, the poor tourist guy was keeping a watchful eye on his hungry stalker.

Aggressive seagulls come from people feeding them. The most aggressive I’ve ever come across were at Conwy, Wales back in 2003. where waves of brash, delinquent seagulls would literally mob you and try and snatch the food out of your hand using fly-by attacks.

It was annoying and also quite scary as the birds were quite big – probably from being so well fed. The easiest thing was to wrap up the food and dash for the car making you feel like you were in a scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film ‘The Bird’s’.

More images from last month’s trip to Scotland can be found HERE