Saturday, 4 September 2010

Scottish Summer - (Innocence)

I absolutely love visiting Scotland. I love the scenery, the clean air, the sense of space, the winding roads, the wildlife. I love the beaches, the accent, and the people. If it were not for my career and my family, and I could choose to live anywhere in the world, it would undoubtedly be Scotland.

So, that bit of gushing over and done with, I had a lovely (though all too short) visit to Banffshire last week to visit friends amongst other things. The only thing that was slightly less than perfect was the weather, which prevented me from achieving some of the things I had set out to do. Nevertheless, on route back down south, I paid a customary visit to a good friend in the coastal town of Montrose (quite probably my favourite Scottish town). As soon as I began my journey back from Banffshire, sod's law kicked into action and the sun finally, rather shyly sneaked out from behind the clouds that had kept it hidden all week. This allowed me, at last, to fit in a photo-shoot on the last day I was north of the border.

Dave Ayerst Davies and I paid a visit to a small sandy beach called Lunan Bay, just south of Montrose. It's a beautiful beach with steep sand-dunes, we had visited there a couple of years ago and taken these photos here, and here. We went in search of the anchor featured in those images, which, over the passage of time had completely disappeared into the sand, and only the very tip was left above the surface, never to see the light of day again.
We made use of the comparative solitude of the beach and the good weather, and photographed in the dunes, in the sea, and in a sandy cave on the beach. If only every day could be like this one!
(Feel free to comment on favourites - darned if I know which I like best!)

'Somewhere, Beyond the Sea'

'Sorceress of the Sea'

'Sandy Cove'

'Sandy Sprawl'

'Reach for the Rocks' (Mono)

'Reach for the Rocks'



'Sandy Sprawl' (Mono)

'Corner Cove'

'Sand Eel'


All images copyright of Dave Ayerst Davies

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