As some will know I often try to head to the Hebrides for some hind stalking over the New Year period but this year I've had a lot of colds and flus and am very unfit, plus I've now managed to blow out a knee that I broke many years back. So, there was no stalking for me which was a pity.
Despite this I thought that some folks might like to see the photos I took while out and about - to get me back on my feet I did a few short walks and the area is just so spectacular that it is impossible not to take advantage of the chance to snap a few photos. Of late I've been doing some processing with my photos in order to attempt to capture the full dynamic range of the scene, much like your eye and brain would process things to enable you to see into both the shadows and highlights. Over time this processing has got a little out of hand and so the photos have become somewhat mad. Some might like them, some will hate them and, of course, not all are processed. Either way I hope that you will enjoy them especially those people with an interest in the Hebrides or who head there for stalking or fishing. Hopefully later in the year there will be some stalking and fishing reports:
If you are interested in a holiday in the area then check out the details in my sig line at the bottom of the post, I will post an advert elsewhere but just wanted to stick the photos in there :-)
Working at sheep under a late December sunset, the strange white line in the sky is a con trail from an aircraft passing overhead:
This sheep popped up on the skyline to see what we were up to:
The sun setting behind the hills of Uig - these hills can provide some truly spectacular stalking for red deer and it is well worth the trip to Lewis just to get up there:
Kinda the same thing as the one above, but I like it:
The view from the top of Beinn na Cloich - there are trout in them there lochs :-)
Some unprocessed photos of the sunset:
Most of the visitors who come to stay in Dollag's Cottage want to see the standing stones at Callanish and they are certainly well worth a visit. I dropped down there for some soup in the visitors centre and a quick run up to the stones to snap some photos:
This photo was taken on New Year's Day while out for a wee walk and chasing sheep. This is the view from the office :-) The ruined building is an old shieling which is where the local crofters would have summered their stock. The old shielings are ideal spots to shelter and make tea when walking or fishing on the moorland:
Sunset along the road at Barvas on the way back from some lunch at Borve hotel. I know Lewis might not look like the ideal location for a winter holiday but being honest why could anyone possibly want to go anywhere else?