I seem not to have posted for some weeks now, I’m thoroughly enjoying my holidays but I will post some stuff soon.
I call Glen Etive ‘the healing place’. This picture which was taken right at the entrance to the Glen. Sorry about the aerial!
When you turn onto the single track road the first thought that comes into your head is the 23rd Psalm. For you non-catholics, that’s the one that goes:
“Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”. Now, some of you are saying “How can that be a healing place if you think of walking through the valley of the shadow of death?” Well, here’s the full 23rd Psalm:
The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’ sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.
Now, I’m not a catholic, I’m not even christian, but some things ring true whether you attach any spiritual meaning to them or not. I don’t believe in God or Jesus, but the effect of being in Glen Etive is similar: it makes me feel rested and at peace, and so I can put my thoughts in order and revitalise my soul. You probably have to experience it to understand it.
Some miles along the track into Glen Etive I came across these wild deer foraging by the road:
It’s different seeing majestic animals in their natural environment, instead of behind wires at a zoo. I stayed there some time trying not to spook them, just taking in the vision of wild deer foraging in a wild forest of highland Scotland.
I took the opportunity for some walking whilst here and got over 100 photos. However I had to curtail my walking after a few hours as my left calf muscle is permanently cramping. I suspect a trapped nerve or something grr
So much for getting to the Isle of Skye…
I only got a few miles and came across the Bridge of Orchy. Now I know that most photographers like sunshine, and indeed most photos look better with sunshine in them. However, misty, dull days can still be attractive:
The sky has been overcast in Scotland for 3 days now but some views are spectacular for it, especially the huge vistas of some of the glens.
The second shot actually has the Bridge of Orchy included:
When you look at the bridge, and use it to scale the mountains around it, it’s humbling. Actually this scene reminds me very much of Spean bridge, as seen from the Commando Memorial. I must hunt out a photo of Spean bridge and compare the two. Anyway, if you’re ever stuck in the house with your camera moaning that the weather is too bad to take photos, take heart, you can get great photos even when the weather is bad.
I stayed in this location for lunch, it was far too good to waste on one quick look.