Skyscape 1 Skyscape 2I went out to photograph an eye-catching Scottish summer sunset, and found this beautiful dramatic skyscape in front of me ๐Ÿ™‚


Painting the Sky…

I love photographing the wide expansive skies in the North of Scotland, and the crazy-coloured clouds that can be found in them:

Brush-stroke Clouds

I can almost imagine these strangely expressive clouds as giant brush-strokes daubed hap-hazard across the heavens…

orange sunset

And I love the golden glow of this spectacular sunset-soaked sky, appearing as fluid as if dipped in molten metal ๐Ÿ™‚


Weekly Photo Challenge: Night-time

I’m not one of life’s natural night photographers, I’ve not got a steady enough hand for the length of exposures usually required for night time photography, and feel too self-conscious to venture out with a tripod. One day I’d love to try photographing lines of traffic, with trails of front and rear lights snaking across the imageโ€ฆ I know that’s a challenge to be met somewhere along the line, so maybe this week is the perfect time to try it out?

But in the meantime, sunsets are more my comfort-zone night-time thing – I’ve previously posted a few favourite sunsets, but I like the gentle nuances of this one for sentimental reasons. It was taken last summer, in the north of Scotland, the night before my eldest daughter’s wedding ๐Ÿ™‚

night-timePosted in response to DP Weekly Photo Challenge: Night-time

Haiku Prompt Challenge: ‘Rage’ and ‘Flammable’

This is a new challenge for me – I’ve never really got the hang of Haiku in the past, but the discipline of holding to such a short, tight structure has always intrigued me, so here is my first ever proper attempt:

Day’s last deep-flushed rage,

Flammable skies extinguished,

Night cools and reigns calm.

See RonovanWrites for other entries for this week’s challenge ๐Ÿ™‚


Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

I have two images to share on The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge on the theme of ‘Extra, Extra’.

Both images were taken while visiting my family in the North of Scotland ๐Ÿ™‚

beach-with-seagulls-on-sandbar Nairn Beach, on the East coast of Scotland – the ‘extra’ here is either the line of seagulls standing on the sandbar as the tide comes in all around them, or alternatively the beautiful hint of green in the foreground…

sunset-orange-lightThe sun setting over the Black Isle, taken about six miles further west along the coast from Nairn. The ‘extra’ here is in the form of the long fingers of orange light reaching up into the sky, the last grasp of daylight as darkness falls…