Running Wild….



Wild Garlic….

It has been a great spring so far for the Wild Garlic…down  by the river it has spread just like…well Wild Garlic!


The rich aroma is very heady and the plants more substantial than I have seen for several seasons.  But even here there are signs that the Wild Garlic will soon be overtaken a host of woodland herbs.

5th May

(C) David Oakes 2017


Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge….Sculptures, Statues and Carvings


Nether Largie Standing Stone, Argyll

The challenge set this week was to celebrate the art of carving in its different forms.  So rather than just the ‘typical’ sculpture or carving I thought it would be worth going way back  to the Neolithic times and beyond.

Here in Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland is an area some 6  miles in radius where there are some 350 Ancient remains of which over 150 are pre-historic.

This Standing Stone is one of several at Nether Largie, and despite being over 5000  years old,   the cup mark carvings and patterns can still be clearly  seen.

What the meaning of these stones, cairns and carvings are is still much of a mystery.  The only sure thing is that the area of Kilmartin remains to this day an area of significant religious meaning and history.

Apart from the Neolithic Standing Stones there are other more familiar stone carvings used as Grave Markers…


Portalloch Stones, Kilmartin


For there protection many have been collected together from other parts of the Glen (which makes viewing for visitors so easy).  Most of these Markers date from circa 1300 to 1600 and illustrate many of the now familiar Celtic designs as well as traditional figures .

Beautiful and inspiring as they are my heart is still with the Standing Stones….the true purpose of these is still down to speculation and imagination….the one thing that is for sure is that they were of great importance for our ancestors.

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13th January

(C) David Oakes 2017

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Animals


Go On…..make my Day  !

Actually quite a placid boy….just in need of a visit to the hairdressers.

A suggestion for this weeks Cees B&W Photo Challenge.

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15th December

(C) David Oakes 2016


Larch in the Valley……


Larch in the Upper Derwent Valley, Derbyshire

Cold and definitely a winters chill in the breeze ideal for a walk up through the many tracks of the Upper Derwent Valley. It is also the time of year when the Larch are at their colourful best.

3rd December

(C) David Oakes 2016

Cees Odd Ball Photo Challenge- 2016 Week 48


The Old Salt Warehouse

Now a Boutique Hotel, Copenhagen.

My suggestion for this weeks Odd Ball Challenge.

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2nd December

(C) David Oakes 2016