Scotland’s got light!! and much more!

I am at my B&B in a state of exalted exhaustion and a chance to catch up a little with emails and  posts as I can – and a post of my own.  My notebook is painstakingly slow so this will be it for awhile!!

One thing that strikes you in Scotland is the wonderful light!! I saw it the very first time I visited. It truly is a photographer’s dream and I’ve been taking lots of pictures. Even when the sky is stormy there is a radiance going on and a light show amidst the clouds. Here and there beacons of light are flung out from the tumultuous gallop.

Scotland’s stories are many and brave; from the stone of destiny and the throne of Scone* mentioned in Shakespeare’s Macbeth “when we are crowned at Scone,” to the poignant loyalty of a little dog; Greyfriar’s Bobby.

There is the tragic battle and defeat at Culloden where the Highlanders, supported by Ireland and France, were outnumbered and out-weaponed  by the English troops during the last Jacobite rebellion. After, there followed a brutal repression and the devastating land clearances of the highlands.

The stories and courage of the Black Watch Regiment of the 19th and 20th century are also legendary

The referendum and vote of yes or no to an independent Scotland will be later this month. I’ll be in Ireland then but will be following that with interest.

A few Scottish landscape impressions and I’m off to the fairy glen on the Black Isle tomorrow.

*(Scone is pronounced Scune and not to be confused with scones!)

on Loch Ness - today
on Loch Ness –

my granddad used to sing in Gaelic:               ___________________________________________________

And here is my contribution to Leanne Cole and Laura Macky’s Monochrome Madness this week

memento mori
memento mori

from Greyfrars Kirk in Edinburgh

Check out other posts from Scotland – tagged Scotland

34 Comments Add yours

  1. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

    These use light well. 🙂

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  2. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful gallery, dear Cybele. Thank you very much for sharing with us. I hope you have a great week ahead, Aquileana 😛

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    1. my heart has been taken away by the Gaelic spirit once again!!

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  3. joshi daniel says:

    dramatic and beautiful collection 🙂

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  4. aishasoasis says:

    Wonderful, Cybele! Wow all the photos are really great! I love that stained glass window, look at all that awesome detail! Hope you’re having a wonderful time! ❤❤❤;^)

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  5. Cybele! Great post and photos! Great to hear from you and to know you’re having lots of fun! Huggles 🙂

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  6. Lovely post! I was excited to see it because I’m heading to Scotland in four days :-).

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    1. I would come every year if I had enough money!! I have some cousins in Perth but also in the highlands. Enjoy your trip!! I will be in Ireland next week!! But following the vote! which is a resounding Yes in the highlands! We shall see!

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      1. I just so happens we will be in Scotland during the vote. That will be memorable either way it turns out. Enjoy Ireland!

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  7. I am very happy to see you are enjoying your vacation. Photos are beautiful as always. Scotland is so magical!

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  8. You sound like you’re having a great trip Cybele. I love the story of Greyfriar’s Bobby.

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    1. Me too!! thanks for stopping by Andrea!! It is wonderful!

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  9. Incredible photos Cyb, amazing !

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  10. katieprior says:

    Lovely photos. Have fun on the Black Isle, we have spent many a happy time there. If you’re going to the fairy glen, nearby Rosemarkie has a wonderful beach.

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    1. I love it there too Katie. It’s where my maternal grandmother spent her youth! Thank you!!!

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  11. Mark Simms says:

    Didn’t realise you were visiting these shores Cyb, are you here on holiday and where are you visiting? Liz and I love Scotland and will also be keeping a close eye on the referendum……a yes vote would introduce some fairly major changes for the whole of the UK.

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    1. Yes we are in Highlands now and passions running high with referendum!! It’s so beautiful and we are even having a hot day today in Fort William!! I too would love to come here every year if I had the finances!!!

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  12. Amazing skies, Cybele! Hope you’re having a fabulous time.

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    1. they are and yes I am!! Thanks Debbie!!

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  13. Amy says:

    Breathtaking photos! How did you do it? Just so amazing…

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    1. thank you Amy!! Scotland is breathtaking!

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      1. Amy says:

        You took beautiful photos. Are you traveling?

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      2. Yes In the Highlands at the moment!! We had a warm day today after a few colder ones!!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous! I think my favorite is Dunkeld field but I love them all. The story of Greyfriar’s Bobby always pulls at my heartstrings. Can’t wait to see more pictures and hear of all your adventures! 🙂

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    1. Thank you Linda!! yes I love Bobby too!!

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  15. kazg10 says:

    Gorgeous photos. I know that feeling of exalted exhaustion when you have taken so many photos that you feel will turn out great and cant stop walking and snapping that you end up in a heap! Its a great feeling and to wake up knowing you can do it all over again with a new adventure that day is even better 🙂 have fun!

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    1. Thanks Kaz!! It’s been great so far!!!

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  16. Maria F. says:

    You’re already shooting beautiful images! Enjoy!

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    1. I ‘m glad you like them Maria!! thanks so much!

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  17. Ann says:

    Great photos! I always love your clouds and it looks like Scotland has an awesome selection for you! Keep your batteries charged.

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