Weekly Photo Challenge….Through Glass !


Window Shopping….

Just for fun here is a suggestion for Nancy Merrill’s Photo Challenge of Through the Glass

You can see more on this link:-  https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2018/10/18/a-photo-a-week-challenge-through-glass/

21st October

(C) David Oakes 2018




Silent Sunday…… So off the Church

Disc One

Fortrose Cathedral on the Black Isle, Scotland

Not the biggest of Scotland Cathedrals or Abbeys but none the less still a ruin of some charm. Many folk pass on the main road through Fortrose not realising that within a few yards there is this 13th century Cathedral.  Situated on a compact enclosed green area and surrounded by houses, mostly built of Red Sandstone to match the ruins, it becomes a little gem.

Although it was constructed in the 13th century, like most Religious buildings, it perhaps has its religious origins from an earlier location close by.  It is suggested that this was Rosemarkie and Chanory,  just a  stones throw from Fortrose.  Sadly like so many of our ancient Religious buildings they suffered under some misguided leader, in this instance it was Oliver Cromwell in the mid 17th century who ordered to its demolition.

Standing roofless, all that remains is the needle like Bell Tower, Chapter House  and Nave’s.  But there is still enough of the building to admire its architectural style and craftsmanship, the arched windows and pillared doorway and Porch hint at the buildings original style.

As I suggested, Fortrose Cathedral is not as dramatic as many of its contemporary structures, but what it lacks in drama is made up by its charm, its rich colour and its rather fine, quiet location.  Well worth a detour if in the Moray Firth Area and anywhere near the Black Isle, the Black Isle itself a charming and often overlooked area by tourists.

As for the clock on the Bell Tower….obviously not 13th century, nor would it have been there when Cromwell plundered the Cathedral… as to when it was installed I haven’t a clue

21st October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Getting Better…..


Big Wood,  Allestree,  Derbyshire

As another week draws to a close, a week that follows some stormy weather, it is now much calmer, and surprisingly getting much brighter, as if summer is returning.  Way past the mid point of October and we have temperatures of 18c (higher is some places) and some really bright summer sunshine.  OK it is lower in the sky, so now sneaks into parts of the woods that miss out in high summer. As to autumn….well  there are the odd sign that the change is starting, but for the most part it is still a green woodland scene.

Silver Birch are usually the first into leaf and the first to drop, this year the now dry leaves are hanging on. Likewise the Ash trees only need one touch of frost and there leaves will just drop. The seasonal success is Fungi which is starting to show.

No matter that the seasonal change isn’t exactly to time… it is still great to be out in the woods.

Perhaps it is the Lake that has accepted that autumn is on the way!


The only thing for sure is that we cannot hang on to summer forever and autumn then winter will follow 🙂

20th October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Grand Entrance….Cees B&W Photo Challenge – Steps

Lea Rhododendron Gardens


Just an idea for Cees B&W Photo Challenge on Steps.  These curved steps make a rather grand entrance (or exit) to a rather fine old building.

You can see other suggestions at :- https://ceenphotography.com/2018/10/18/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-steps-indoors-outdoors/

19th October

(C) David Oakes 2018

Slowly the Leaves are turning….


Autumn is late coming to our little corner of the UK. Very slowly the leaves are starting to turn colour.  The exotics were the first, but now ever so slowly the native trees are changing. Nor have the recent storms hastened things along, though there are now more leaves on the ground, wet from the rain so decay will soon begin…and with the warm temperatures we are still enjoying the fungi is starting to show.. So lets have a walk through the woods, the bracken is rapidly loosing its colour but the trees are still rather green with just a little autumnal golden glow.


Way past the mid point of October and still a rather pleasant late summer

19th October

(C) David Oakes 2018