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Unexpected journey

23rd October 2012
Scotland as you may gather was rather enjoyable and rewarding. The Ptarmagen were found on Cairngorm, after a 3 hour search in the snow. The bonus was they showed in the sunlight, and I took landscapes and a Snow Bunting. Cresties were a little more elusive, but the autumn weather was tremendous, with many still sunlit days. We met Charlie Phillips waiting for Dolphins (he has tremendous images on his site), but they weren't showing. There were great views and seascapes though.
I have been travelling with Rob as Marion stayed with her daughter and brand new grand daughter. We travelled from the Black Isle / Loch Fleet over the northern road to the Isle of Skye. Elgol and the Cullins was very special, with a boat ride to Loch Coruisk. We slept early at Elgol in order to be up at first light, but in doing so missed the Northern Lights! Hey Ho. The morning light was very good though and its a classic view.
We travelled through rain to Mull via Fort William and Morvern. Mull was great for Eagles, Otters and Mountain Hare. Another visit or two is required to get those frame filling shots but all were seen, and more landscapes were added to the collection.
Whilst on Mull, I learnt a good friend from the South coast passed away. It was a short illness and not unexpected, but a really sad loss, and too young!
Plans had changed as I received a late booking for another camera club talk (Stirling)which could be accommodated as we moved south . This was very enjoyable, and what a top club doing great work. Thanks again to Graham and Margaret for generous hospitality.
Stopping off in the Lake District was scrapped as I dropped Rob off in Leicestershire and moved down to Dunstable in time for Andy's funeral, which is later in the week in Hampshire.
There are a lot of images to work on, especially with Martin Mere exhibition in just over a week, followed by another in the Oxmarket, Chichester before Christmas. Bulk orders of Christmas cards and calendars might weight he van down, but hopefully will soon sell and fund a trip to the Mediterranean for winter.
'Living the Dream' looks likely to continue into another year...