Archive for the ‘Scotland’ Category
Hope you all had a great weekend, sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I’ve sort of lost the enthusiasm of late, I still try and get out and shoot but it’s not things you want to see, the whole idea of starting this blog was to show you a side of the offshore industry you would not normally get to see, and that was always the positive side.
So now you are stuck with some of my travel shots instead, this was a cold, wet, miserable evening in Lerwick, (the capital and main port of the Shetland Islands), but even so, still a really nice place to visit.
A nice walk around the small fishing harbour, until I was drenched through.
Next posts will be from the Caribbean, yeah I know, but someone has to do it.
A few more shots of the Scottish coast, it’s the first sight of land for most north sea workers after weeks at sea and although I can only speak for myself it’s always great to see, whether its like these shots or completely covered in snow it’s always a welcome sight.
My thoughts go out to the people of Glasgow after the police helicopter crash on Friday which sadly killed 9.
I get to see the coast of Scotland from the air time and time again but I’m very rarely allowed to take photos of it. The other day was an exception.
It was a stunning day and the coast looked good, although saying that the coast always looks good when you haven’t seen any land for nearly four weeks.
Green on green.
Here are some ruins for you, I have know idea what they are but one day I will hire a car and drive up the coast to explore.
And I can’t not have a lighthouse in shots of the coast, unfortunately the angle was a bit steep and I couldn’t get away from the refection of my bright yellow survival suit.
Not bad I think considering I only have my small point & shoot camera. Have a great weekend.
On my recent visit to Scotland I spent a bit of time with my Nephews, over a few cold beers we talked about the beauty of Scotland, the flora and fauna, like the salmon making it’s way up stream to lay her eggs, red squirrels collecting nuts for the cold winter ahead and young deer scratching at the snow for some winter grass to eat.
This got me thinking and we made a decision to venture out the following day and check out some of Scotland’s wildlife.
Now you may be thinking how I don my thermals and waterproofs, fill a backpack with essentials like spare water, barley sugar sweets, one of those foil sheets, a GPS, shave off my moustache but keep my beard, grab my hiking pole and head off, after of course informing family and friends of where we are going and when we will be back.
Thats what a sensible person would do, but i’m an offshore worker and a petrol head so we took this.
Found a bit of snow on the top of the mountain.
We aren’t stuck here, just changing drivers.
You don’t need to follow a track in this beast, as long as the trees have been cut down.
I don’t know what all the fuss is about now, we didn’t see any wildlife.
No tree or any wildlife was hurt in the making of this post. Have a great weekend.
I’ve been a bit slack with posting lately, I would like to say I’ve been busy doing this and that, but honestly I haven’t, I have just been offshore and before that selling and buying a new (old) car. Check out my car on Instagram @rigmover.
I decided my blog is a travel blog so I’ll post when I’m traveling, or have been travelling, not just post for the sake of posting.
After getting back from offshore I decided not to go straight home but to visit family in Scotland and stay the weekend, I’ve always liked Scotland and never need much of an excuse to stay awhile.
Here’s my brother house, great to see after a long cold walk with the dog.
And some of the out buildings on the farm next door.
In need of some repair I think.
Have a great weekend, now where’s that Whiskey.
During the seventeenth century the population of Kirkwall was below 1500 and it was possible for rich families to be buried in the nave of the Cathedral. The nave aisles are lined with grave stones from this period.
This is the grave stone of Captain Peter Winchester. The English inscription states that he, his wife, and their 3 children are buried there.
The grave stone is framed by the common masonic motif of ionic columns. The columns are spiralled with vines and grapes feature on the frieze. The steep pediment is dated 1675 and is flanked by birds and topped with a thistle. ( you will have to take my word for that as I chopped it off in the photo).
Couldn’t get over the Masonry, the work that must have gone into this.
Rooms leading off to room, and more great Masonry.
I spent 3 days in Kirkwall waiting for a boat a while back and as I have just done a few posts about the Shetland Islands I thought I better include the Orkney’s, this is St.Magnus Cathedral which dominates the skyline of Kirkwall, the main town of Orkney, a group of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. It is the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles, a fine example of Romanesque architecture built for the bishops of Orkney when the islands were ruled by the Norse Earls of Orkney.
It is owned not by the church, but by the burgh of Kirkwall as a result of an act of King James III of Scotland following Orkney’s annexation by the Scottish Crown in 1468. It has its own dungeon.
Its construction commenced in 1137 and it was added to over the next three hundred years. The first Bishop was William the Old, and the diocese was under the authority of the Archbishop of Nidaros in Norway. It was for Bishop William that the nearby Bishop’s Palace was built.
Before the Reformation, the Cathedral was presided over by the Bishop of Orkney, whose seat was in Kirkwall. Today it is a parish church of the Church of Scotland.
Sneaky shot of the inside.
Front door surround has seen better days, love those hinges.
Yes I know, but I promise it will be the last, First up is an old church that is now the Shetland Library, tried it in B&W first, I love the way you can see all the books through the windows.
Then in colour with a bit of vignette going on.
Last was one from the harbour that caught my eye.
Have a great weekend everybody, we have a busy one lined up, we are out socialising tonight and tomorrow night, just hope we can remember how to do it.
Yes I know it’s supposed to be iPhone Friday but i’m getting into this HDR stuff.
Stretch commented yesterday on the work that goes into making these boats so thought I better show this one, probably made for the museum behind me (in the photo not now). gives you an idea of the skill these people must have and the amount of work that goes into building such a craft.
This one is a closer look at the stone hut on the pier, again because of the rain and wind I didn’t hang around to read any signs so not sure exactly what its for, at a guess I would say a place to work on nets or small machinery as the doors are not big enough to fit a boat in. Nice looking building though.
Made it home again in one piece, landed at Scatsa in the Shetlands via helicopter only to hear on the news that one had crashed in London killing two people, not good to hear at any time.
Rig move went well, a few problems with one anchor which added a couple of days onto the job, but other than that smooth sailing.
Below is a couple of shots I took while in Lewick waiting on weather, I just downloaded the trial version of Nik’s HDR Efex Pro 2 and though I would try it out on a couple, these shots were taken around 4 o’clock on a wet overcast day so I’m hoping the HDR will brighten them up a bit.
This one of a single small boat caught my eye because I just liked the colours of the thing, behind in the water reflection is the Shetland Museum, I didn’t have chance to visit but it looked pretty cool through the window.
And one of the harbour, this is 7 shots merged together, it’s early days with the software but I’ll keep trying, unless you lot think I should just give up now.
Be warned more HDR tomorrow.