Year of Natural Scotland 2013

By John MacLean, 26/07/13

 

Callanish Stones in snow, Lewis

 

One of my panoramic photos of the Callanish Stones in snow has been included in Our Dynamic Earth’s current photographic exhibition on Scotland’s natural environment, showing in Edinburgh until Christmas.
[Photo: Our Dynamic Earth]
 

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Midsummer Live at Callanish

By John MacLean, 22/06/13:

 

BBC Callanish Live            BBC Callanish Live

 

Callanish was a gathering place for many tourists and locals last night as BBC 2 Scotland broadcast its Midsummer Live show from the Standing Stones, with presenters Dougie Vipond and Ellie Harrison making the best of having to host a midsummer event during which the sun didn’t even make a hint of an appearance. Despite a good forecast from the previous day, it was heavy grey cloud all the way, turning to rain as the live broadcast entered its final section after 10 o’ clock.
Never mind, everyone seemed to enjoy the event despite the dreich weather…
 

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St. Kilda trip

By John MacLean, 02/06/13:

 

                    St Kilda               St Kilda              St Kilda

 

Just back from an excellent 4-night cruise to St Kilda on the Stornoway yacht ‘Elinca’, stopping at Leverburgh, Harris on the way out and in Loch Shell, Lewis on the way back. The weather, the light and the sea conditions were excellent. It was very much a busman’s holiday as I took with me three cameras, on which I shot well over 2,000 photographs! Just titling and editing these files is going to take some time.

I had wanted to go to ‘Eileanan Hiort’ ever since reading Tom Steel’s book, The Life and Death of St. Kilda way back in the early ’90s: now that I’ve finally got there, I think I’ve got the remote islands travel bug…in any case, I certainly want to revisit St Kilda sooner rather than later.

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