Trees 3: Scots pine

Scots pine 1 (1)

The trunk of an old Scots pine reminds me of a landscape in miniature:  a terrain of contoured hills riven with deep gorges. At the winter solstice, druids would light bonfires of Scots pine branches with the aim of drawing back the sun into the cycle of seasons.  You can find out more in this feature on The […]

Trees 2: Sunlight

Trees by Loch Lubnaig

Lit by a fleeting patch of sunlight, these larches glow like candles beside the shore of Loch Lubnaig.   The shorter trees to the left could be birch or alder.  Taken in November last year. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf

Trees 1: Winter beech

Beech trees, Autumn 3

In this new photo-series I’m going to share some of my favourite photos of trees.    This old beech tree, photographed near Kelso in late autumn, made a beautiful silhouette against the sky. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf

Scottish islands: Mull

Calgary Bay, Isle of Mull 66

Is this one of the best beaches in Scotland?  I think so, but then I’m biased!   As you come round a corner on Mull’s wild and rocky north-west coast, Calgary Bay opens up before your eyes in all its white and turquoise beauty. Photo © Jo Woolf

Scottish islands: Harris

Luskentyre beach 30

Time for another in my Scottish islands series, and this time I’m visiting Harris in the Western Isles.   Harris has a dazzling beach at Luskentyre, and on the day we visited there was a brisk wind which kept us moving in an effort to stay warm.   Just a few inches above the surface of the beach, grains of […]

Scottish islands: Lewis

Callanish BW

No apology required for re-visiting this astonishing place, for my post on the Isle of Lewis! Callanish takes you back to the elements – it’s raw and cold, like bones of the earth, and it has a strong magic, too.   We went there on a windy day in September, with a strangely ethereal sky and quite challenging lighting. […]

Scottish islands: Kerrera

Gylen Castle, Kerrera

Kerrera is the long, low island that sits like a natural storm barrier between Oban Bay and the Firth of Lorn.  It has a marina on its eastern side, and the CalMac ferries are constantly coming and going around its northernmost point, on their way to the outer islands.   Taking your car to Kerrera isn’t really an […]

Scottish islands: Islay

Portnahaven, Islay

The third in my photo-series on Scottish islands focuses on Islay, with a winter sunset seen from Portnahaven.   This little village of white-washed houses sits on the westernmost tip of the Rinns, a long peninsula of rough grassland with rocky outcrops and hidden coves.   On the far horizon is the coast of Ireland – by my reckoning it […]

Scottish islands: Skye

Kilt Rock waterfall crop

The Mealt falls on the Isle of Skye:   from Loch Mealt on the north-east coast, an outflow (it’s too short to be called a river!) takes a dramatic plunge of about 180 feet into the sea below.  You can see the basalt columns of Kilt Rock in the distance. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf

Scottish islands: Lismore

Lismore 206

The new theme for my photography posts is Scottish islands, and my first choice is the beautiful island of Lismore.   This view was taken in May last year, looking south-west across the Sound of Mull. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf If you’d like to explore the history of Lismore, check out my post about Castle […]