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PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP ONE - Outing to Dunrobin - 21st July

by Tim Wright - 11:46 on 22 July 2016

Twelve of us headed south on the early boat from St Margaret's Hope .After a smooth crossing, with lots of Puffins spotted ,we headed towards Dunrobin Castle .After a quick look around the Gardens we watched the Falconry Display .A variety of Falcons and Owls, including an Eagle Owl chased lures, flew very low over the audience and were rewarded with tit bits of Chicken Mac Nuggets . It was a most impressive display but very difficult to photograph the birds in flight .However, they were very happy to pose when not flying .This was followed by a further walk around the garden exploring the possibilities of reflection shots in the fountains and close ups of  the beautiful flower border .Lunch was a picnic on the Terrace after which most took the Castle tour .Unfortunately ,no photography was allowed although one teacher amongst us had not yet learned to read ! The castle is stuffed with interesting artifacts and deserved more time but the sun was shining by now and further excursions into the garden essential .The Museum building was more interesting than the contents .Within was a mass of Victorian Stuffed animal heads including an Elephant and a Giraffe as well as lots of stuffed birds and virtually anything else stuff able ! All rather non PC in this age but a record of another era .

Time was moving on and a cup of tea was calling for some .Others went to the Big Burn Walk in Golspie and saw the waterfall .One group headed north and stopped at Walligoe Steps and made it down the 300 + steps to the bottom .We marveled at the energy required to haul boats on to the ledge in winter and the effort required to haul loads of Herring up to the top of the cliff for further transport to  Wick .Then, it was off to John O'Groats for a fish supper and home on the last boat .It was a beautiful evening for seeing Whales but they were not so obliging .

The photos of the Marwick Trip were perused .Although a rather dull day weather wise, there was plenty to see from the contributors with the Rabbits amongst the Sea Pink a favorite subject while Razor Bills ,Shelduck and the massed ranks of Guillemots were the bird contributions .Rolling waves ,rocky ledges and the Fishermen's huts were also effectively represented .An excellent place for a photographic excursion .

"Lines " was the project and what a lot we got from fishing lines ,boat mooring lines ,washing lines with birds on ,car tracks in the sand and lines of cloud in sunsets .The stand out ones were the rail lines at  Lyness and Culloden Viaduct and others as well.Thanks to all those who took part .

The next project is, inevitably, "Circles" ! 

The next meeting is,  hopefully, a trip to Stronsay on Wednesday 17th August .Further details re definite date and plans will be forth coming when I have made them .

In the meantime ,keep clicking ,



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