Walks with stolen camera Part 1
by BlackPanther » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:05 pm
Date walked: 04/07/2011
Time taken: 2.5 hours
Distance: 13 km
Ascent: 315mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
Well, Kevin might have left the camera but he took the car so I had to choose something close to our village. I decided to investigate the hills north of Beauly. It was a very hot day so I made sure that I had enough water and sunscreen (my skin doesn't stand UV, I get nasty burns if I'm not careful) and left home with a big smile
I walked through the village center and turned NW past the church and the bridge over railway.
Very quickly I was surrounded by wild nature
Beautiful foxgloves grew on every corner:
Past Croyard I turned west and then north again towards Ruilick. I was still on a tarmac road and walking was pleasant in the sun:
I was about 100m above the sea level and nice views down started showing up:
View east to Beauly Firth:
I'm so glad to live in Beauly - such a lovely, quiet village:
Beauly pano with the river meandering through the village:
Gaining height but still on a good road:
It may be only about 300m of ascent but as temperature was in high twenties, I was sweating...
I walked past the crossing to Dunmore and took a forest track up into the shadowy woods:
The main track through this forest goes NW passing the summit of Creag na Manachainn to the left. Some trees have been cut recently:
...but the remaining ones provided enough shadow for a very pleasant stroll:
At some point I noticed I was being watched from the far distance:
I followed the track for a few kilometers. I noticed first edible mushrooms growing in the forest - hey, it will soon be mushroom picking time, my favorite time of the year ! Mushrooms like warm and wet weather, we certainly had plenty of both in recent weeks.
Looking back down the track:
As I got to the highest point of my walk, where the track emerged from the forest, I could fully admire the beauty of surrounding landscape, including views to the firth:
The mast on the top of Cnoc Udais:
I spent some time wandering around the hilltops to find the best spots for photographing. I still don't know how to use half the functions in the new camera but who cares... It was FUN!
Beinn a' Bha'ach Ard:
Finally, I walked down to the little loch (Loch nam Bonnach) and sat on a rock on the small stony beach, just sinking in the views around me and listening to the silence... Then I had some more fun and games with the camera
Cnoc Udais and Ben Wyvis in the background from the loch shore:
Such a shame I forgot to take my swimsuit...
That's an interesting hill across the loch. Hmmm... Maybe worth a visit next time?
On the way back I met some locals - they must have felt hooot in their long furs!
I had one more chance to get a good close-up of Kessock Bridge:
Back to Beauly:
Can't see the roof of my house from up here, it's hidden in the trees...
The last look at Beauly Firth before walking down to the village:
I returned home with the precious camera intact, plenty of lovely memories and a satisfaction of a well-spent summer day. Yes, I think I'll steal the toy more often .
by rockhopper » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:09 pm
by Bod » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:37 pm
by warbietoo » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:45 pm
by Redrock » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:23 am
by BlackPanther » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:51 pm
gagfax wrote:Did you get a telling off later?
I wasn't punished for stealing the camera - I know the best way to make Kevin forgive me anything and it's called homemade chocolate croissant
warbietoo wrote:Great photo's. I think Kevin is a little jealous of your photographic skills and thats the real reason why he won't let you take pics.......
My photographic skills with the new camera at the moment are restricted to "push the button, camera goes beep-beep, picture done!" The last thing I learned is how to change ISO and exposure. I'll soon get there...
by Greigers » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:13 pm
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