Glencaple Trawler Bow II


So here is the final image of the Glencaple Trawler. I thought i’d add a third photograph to make a nice trio 🙂 This final shot looks up the River Nith towards Dumfries.

All of the photos were taken on the morning i was heading for home. After a rainy day or two the clouds finally parted, blue sky was revealed and the sun made a welcome appearance – just as i was heading back home. Typical eh. So I took my shots in the rather warm light of the mid morning, got back in the car and headed for home.

As for the trawler seen in the photographs, i’m not exactly sure if it was in the early stages of restoration, used as somewhere to stay or just waiting for the scrap man to arrive. From certain things i saw it could be the second of those options.

There is something compelling though about boats and ships that are at the end of their working lives. Something rather sad. We attach a lot of emotion to boats and ships, maybe more than we do any other method of transport.

A new Scotland gallery has been started on the main website and features a rather good panoramic photograph of the River Nith. The gallery, which is a work in progress with new images to be added regularly, can be found at:-



As you can probably guess, I’m no longer in North Yorkshire, Toto. Seven hours of driving, which sounds worse than it actually is, and you arrive in a part of Scotland that is truly magical – the Highlands.

I’ve wanted to come here for years and finally I’m here. I’m making the most of it too. Yesterday morning I went out early to grab some images and had a great time watching the misty mountains surrounding the Loch. I’ve decided to go out each morning for as long as I’m here. Shoot and chill is the plan. There is no better place to relax than a Scottish loch surrounded by mountains.

Originally I intended to bring a laptop but then came to the conclusion that I’d end up editing material from the day’s shoot. So I’ve limited my access to the net by bringing just the iPhone. No laptop or desktop. Kind of a 66% digital detox. I am, after all, trying to have a break from work, editing and computer screens.

Keep tuned for more posts this week. Apologies in advance if the posts aren’t up to the usual tidy standard. Everything is being done via an iPhone. 🙂

Misty Moored Up

An anchored yacht at Beaumaris, Anglesey in North Wales.

I love the misty mountain of Snowdonia that feature in the background of this photo. To wake up on your yacht to that view must be fantastic. I would own a yacht if i could afford one. I adore the freedom you have to move around that a yacht offers. One day maybe…

At the time of writing, I’m packing to go down to Cornwall. When this post appears on the blog, i will be boarding the train for an eight hour journey down to the South West of England. So keep an eye on this blog, the main photoblog and the other websites over the next few days for tweets, photos, audioboos, podcasts, blogposts and more.

Twelve Months

Holme beach, Norfolk, UK  

It’s hard to believe but the Darker Skies blog has been online for a year. My initial idea for the blog’s role turned out to be a non-starter. Originally i had planned the blog to be more like my main photo blog. I just didn’t see the point of doubling up on websites though. Each must have its own distinct role and Darker Skies certainly has developed an important role for itself over the last year.

Really the blog acts as a satellite for my other online photographic endeavours and as my own photo blog. The podcast has its own page here and there are plans to expand the site even further. The page design changed again earlier this month and… finally i’m happy with the way the blog looks. It’s been quiet here so far this month, very little in the way of photo postings, but i ‘ll be adding an image everyday this week starting tomorrow.

Here’s to another year of Darker Skies.