It may be a little less of a traditional animal portrait than my other puffin pictures, but I think this more environmental portrait is one of my favourites. I love the hesitant pose of the little puffin, contemplating making the leap up to the next ledge – maybe he forgot that he has wings?
We only had time for a quick stop at Elgol, not enough time to even scratch the surface of the photographic possibilities of this tiny village, but I did pause to grab this picture as we walked back to our car.
One of the things I like about this image is its deceptive sense of scale – it isn’t until you know the two tiny dots directly under the large rock slab in the centre are people that you realise the rocks making up this beach aren’t pebbles, but boulders, and the Cuillin mountains towering in the background are a lot larger than you originally thought.
Luskentyre beach, on the west side of the Isle of Harris, is considered one of the best beaches in the UK, and for good reason – it was truly spectacular. That said, it was the high, grassy sand dunes at the northern end of the beach, looking out to the hills of Taransay and North Harris, that really caught my attention.
The Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis rival the better-known Stonehenge for sheer impressiveness, and definitely have them beaten when it comes to the remote beauty of their location, high in the stunning Outer Hebrides.
Just short of the old slate mining village of Ellenabeich, we came across this field of slate and flowers, and there was no way I could resist pulling over and taking a couple (OK, a lot) of pictures.
Been a while since I posted any Puffin pictures, so here’s one of this little cutie holding a perfect pose for the camera.
The east cost of the Isle of Harris is dotted with lochs, nestled between the rocky outcrops and hills. The road on the right of the picture is known as the ‘Golden Road’ – local legend says it was the most expensive road in the UK when it was built, although I can’t verify this.