I am a keen photographer, always feeling the urge to get outside whether it's walking, riding my bike, or outdoor swimming all year round. As my two daughters are now grown up I have more free time to go off on my own; to see a good weather window and hop on a ferry to an island to camp in the dunes, head off on my bike and see how far I can get or spend the day in the hills near where I live. I am very active on Instagram and my captions and stories include a wide range of subjects and I hope that people get a sense of who I am and continue to be interested in the things I do and my musings...
Recent excursions have included a bikepacking trip up the Great Glen Way following the fault line all the way from Oban to Tarbat Ness lighthouse, solo hill camps, sailing round the Outer Hebrides, camping at Inverie on Knoydart and climbing Ladhar Bheinn, and a few years ago now a solo trip to Orkney - taking the train from Oban to Thurso then the ferry to Stromness, then a bus and another ferry to the island of Rousay where I stayed for the night there in a hostel.
I made a very last minute decision another time to pack up my bike, catch the ferry to the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides then spend three nights cycling some of the Hebridean Way, camping and just enjoying the sheer bliss of the beauty there.
If I have less time I might catch the ferry to the island of Colonsay or Kerrera and camp overnight. I hope I encourage people to just do these things without waiting for other people to come with them (although trips with people can also be fun of course!)
I don't have a car so I need to borrow my daughter's car or rely on public transport if I want to travel any distance, which can make things interesting, especially living in such a remote part of the UK!
I photograph a wide range of subjects, mostly landscapes but also architecture, interiors, food and people. I use my iPhone a lot but I also have a Fujifilm X-T2 and a Ricoh GR. All my photos are carefully edited with the intention of making people looking at them feel the way I felt when I took them.
I started learning Gaelic early in 2022 and am really enjoying this, especially being able to look at maps of the landscape around where I live and recognising so many more of the words in the names of the places (not just beag and mòr!). Also my pronounciation is improving!
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