After a frantic 2 weeks recovering and rebuilding my computer after my main hard drive crashed, I am back and to celebrate here is...
Eilean Donan Castle
For the best part of 200 years, the stark ruins of Eilean Donan lay neglected, abandoned and open to the elements, until Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911. Along with his Clerk of Works, Farquar Macrae, he dedicated the next 20 years of his life to the reconstruction of Eilean Donan, restoring her to her former glory. The castle was rebuilt according to the surviving ground plan of earlier phases and was formally completed in the July of 1932.
Fort Augustus Abbey on the south shores of Loch Ness.
The Abbey was in use from 1876 all the way through to ~1998 when the last Monks left.
It is now The Highland Club a collection of apartments...
#SacredSunday This theme is about spirituality, about what makes us human; contemplation, meditation, peace and respect. It is about sharing our sense of what is sacred. Curators +Charles Lupica+Manfred Berndtgen+Bill Wood
Oh those few days of spring sunshine that we had were great, now it just seems that it has been raining and wet for the whole of April...
Leaf On Thursdays: Photos of leaves not full Trees. Curators are +Marilou Aballe+Margaret Tompkins and +Ray Bilcliff Use Tag. #LeafOnThursdays #nature #natureartthursday #naturephotography #pixelworld #photography #plusphotoextract #invernessphotographic #scotlanduk
This a drawing of the Bank of Scotland on the Mound in Edinburgh built 1802-06, it was drawn by William Sibbald the builder - my Great,Great,Great Grand father and his father was also William Sibbald, architect and builder and he was Superintendent of Public Works in Edinburgh from 1790 until his death in 1809, born around 1760. He designed extension to the Edinburgh's New Town with Robert Reid. William Jr married Robert's daughter Helen.
Does anyone know anything about these Sibbald's or William Sibbald's (1760) father, mother or where he was born.
Sacred Sunday: This theme is about spirituality, about what makes us human; contemplation, meditation, peace and respect. It is about sharing our sense of what is sacred. Curators +Charles Lupica+Manfred Berndtgen+Bill Wood #sacredsunday #invernessphotographic #edinburghcastle
Fort Augustus Abbey, build on the site of the Fort that was built there in 1729 by General Wade which took until 1742 to complete. The Fort was captured by the Jacobites in 1745 just before the Battle of Culloden it was later "sold" to the Lovat family in 1867 and 1876 it was passed on to a Benedictine order when it became an Abbey. The Abbey lasted all the way until the late 90's and for the past 10 years the site has been developed in to the Highland Club - a large selection of Apartments and Cottages, the work still continues today...
The Abbey sits on the South Shores of Loch Ness.
F3.5 / ISO-100 / 57 secs
History Thursday: Photos from the past. Explain about it! Curator +Matt Shalvatis #historythursday Long Exposure Thursday: Speaks for itself. Curators +Le Quoc+Francesco Gola #longexposurethursday #longexposure #longexposurephotography Travel Thursday: Places you have been too. Curator +Laura Mitchum #travelthursday #lochness #invernessphotographic
So I updated my Picasa application, which of course is linked to my Google+. Decided to Sync my main Album but forgot that I have the "watermark" switched on (for other stuff) and yes it put a watermark on my images. The only way I could remove it was to delete the said images, switch off "watermark" and re-sync. You guessed it, now all my comments and Plus 1's have gone. Be careful with Picasa and Sync!!! Some day may be Picasa will sync the Plus 1's and comments too, just not this day.
Plodda is situated some three miles beyond the village of Tomich on the unclassified road leading to the small hamlet of Cougie. There is a car park with several picnic tables set amongst trees. The Forestry Commission have waymarked two circular forest walks that both take in views of the Falls. The Falls Walk is approximately 1 mile (allow 30 mins) while the longer Tweedmouth Walk is almost 2 miles (allow 1 hour). You will also find several forestry tracks that allow you to extend the routes on foot or by mountain bike.
The Falls can be quite spectacular even in the summer months. In winter time they can freeze over and present a challenge to ice climbers. There are two viewing platforms, one at the top and the other near the base. Have a waterproof handy at the lower one especially after heavy rainfall! There is a new wooden platform at the top of the Falls, replacing the old iron bridge built by Lord Tweedmouth in 1889. This had deteriorated badly over the years despite several attempts to repair it and eventually had to be closed for safety reasons. The replacement gives a birds eye view right over the lip of the Falls.
The area around the Falls is a rich and diverse woodland. Around 1900, Lord Tweedmouth planted a large number of Douglas Fir, Larch, Giant Redwood and specimen conifers. Together with the native tree population they have combined to provide an ideal habitat for the likes of the red squirrel and a wide variety of bird and insect life. Some of the Douglas Firs are now an impressive 200ft tall!
I am looking forward to June my roses will once again bloom, although it might be July if this cold rainy weather keeps up. Looking like snow over the next couple of days on the hills around Inverness.
So the debate is on, while I am not against Wind Power I am against large scale Wind Farms that blight the landscape.
I lived in Holland nearly 20 years ago and where I live had wind turbines these were positioned beside the main highway - Why can't we do the same here in Scotland.
We have the A9, the M8 and the M74 all large routes that already cut through our landscapes. The land alongside these routes could be utilised for wind turbines cutting down the need for access roads being build and the pylons could then follow the same route as the roads.
The big question really is do we need them we have Hydro power based on one our biggest natural resources - water and the landscape.
Went out to try and see the Northern Lights but nothing doing tonight. Instead took some night shots of Inverness with the Kessock Bridge to the right and the Moray Firth. Jupiter and Venus can be seen leaving their trail across the night sky...
Saturday Night Light: Photograph the Light. Street or indoor lights. Curator +Dirk Heindoerfer #saturdaynightlight #invernessphotographic