A Tight Fit……

Ship Repairs

Mallaig, West Highland Coast of Scotland

Many a small harbour round our coastline finds room for a local ship repair yard…often it is a tight squeeze between high water level, workshops and fish merchants, all vying for space.  Equally amazing it the skill and initiative used to accomplish the most challenging of tasks….not just a paint job but maybe even a new side piece and whilst that is all going on they tackle an engine refit.

17th March

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Large

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Jedburgh Abbey, Scottish Borders

Standing high and mighty above the town of Jedburgh are the ruins of dramatically large Abbey.  Over the years a large community was created but now all that remains are these ruins but also a legacy of a thriving Scottish Borders Town.

So here is my suggestion for this weeks Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge of LARGE.  See what others have suggested on this link:-



8th March

(C) David Oakes 2018

Silent Sunday…….. A Gift from the Gods


Letterewe above Poolewe

I had climbed to the top of this pass the previous day.  It looks east towards Meall Mheinndh and Slioch part of a mountain range that looks down upon what is called the Letterewe Forest.  We had enjoyed a string of red early morning sunrises and this look like the perfect location to capture just such a sunrise.

So it was up very early the following morning and off up to the top of the pass again.  The signs were all promising, it was cool, the sky and horizon all clear. But as I trudged up the glen a wispy high level cloud started to appear from behind me from the west.

Was the early morning rise going to come to nothing, would the rising sun beat the cloud. Well it turned out to be a dead heat.  No red sun….but once it had cleared the distant mountain a diffused glow was the reward, and a few of ‘Gods Fingers’ to add to the joy of the morning.

Not the image I had planned (or should I say visualised) but a very different look…..

A Gift from the Gods

25th February

(C) David Oakes 2018


Wordless Wednesday….Favourite Places


Location:- The Cuillins, Isle of Skye, Scotland

7th February

(C) David Oakes 2018



Burns Night……


Robert Burns Birthplace…

In this humble Alloway Farmhouse on 25th January 1759 Robert (Rabbie) Burns was born.

In a short life he was a prolific Writer and Poet, work that won him respect and a respect that is still honoured today the 25th January….Burns Night.

Burns Night…the night to respect the National Poet of Scotland, when Haggis, Tatties and Neaps are piped into the room to sound of Bagpipes,  the centrepiece of many a Burns Night Dinner.

25th January

(C) David Oakes 2018