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Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Walks with stolen camera Part 1


Postby BlackPanther » Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:05 pm

Date walked: 04/07/2011

Time taken: 2.5 hours

Distance: 13 km

Ascent: 315m

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Since we bought the new camera I had very little opportunity to try it. Kevin wouldn't let me take pictures while climbing because "he, the man with the big brain knows better how to use it" :lol: :lol: :lol: I let him play with his new toy for a few months but eventually I run out of patience. Last Monday after my husband set off for work I packed the camera in my rucksack and decided to go for a solo walk!
Well, Kevin might have left the camera but he took the car :lol: :lol: 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 :)

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I walked through the village center and turned NW past the church and the bridge over railway.
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Very quickly I was surrounded by wild nature :D
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Beautiful foxgloves grew on every corner:
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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:
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I was about 100m above the sea level and nice views down started showing up:
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View east to Beauly Firth:
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I'm so glad to live in Beauly - such a lovely, quiet village:
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Beauly pano with the river meandering through the village:
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Gaining height but still on a good road:
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It may be only about 300m of ascent but as temperature was in high twenties, I was sweating...
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I walked past the crossing to Dunmore and took a forest track up into the shadowy woods:
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Wild roses:
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The main track through this forest goes NW passing the summit of Creag na Manachainn to the left. Some trees have been cut recently:
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...but the remaining ones provided enough shadow for a very pleasant stroll:
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At some point I noticed I was being watched from the far distance:
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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 :lol: :lol: ! Mushrooms like warm and wet weather, we certainly had plenty of both in recent weeks.
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Looking back down the track:
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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:
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Close up:
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The mast on the top of Cnoc Udais:
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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!
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Ben Wyvis:
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Beinn a' Bha'ach Ard:
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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 :lol: :lol: :lol:
Cnoc Udais and Ben Wyvis in the background from the loch shore:
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Such a shame I forgot to take my swimsuit...
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That's an interesting hill across the loch. Hmmm... Maybe worth a visit next time?
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On the way back I met some locals - they must have felt hooot in their long furs!
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I had one more chance to get a good close-up of Kessock Bridge:
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Foxgloves again:
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Back to Beauly:
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Can't see the roof of my house from up here, it's hidden in the trees...
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The last look at Beauly Firth before walking down to the village:
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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 :shh: .
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby rockhopper » Mon Jul 11, 2011 5:09 pm

Interesting title - wasn't sure what to expect until I read further :lol: Good photos - you will need to "borrow" it more often 8)
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby gagfax » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:33 pm

Did you get a telling off later? :lol:
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby Bod » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:37 pm

Good for you, and what a great wee report of a walk on your doorstep. Can see our campsite almost on your photos looking down the Firth. ( ps. had chips in Beauly on our trip back from Maol Chean-dearg last week) :lol:
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby warbietoo » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:45 pm

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....... :lol:
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby Redrock » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:23 am

I think Kevin's definitely lost his camera now! :lol: Brilliant photos of a lovely day in the countryside! 8)
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby BlackPanther » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:51 pm

Thanks folks, it might not have been an epic climb but I really enjoyed it :lol:
gagfax wrote:Did you get a telling off later? :lol:

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 :lol: :lol:
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....... :lol:

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... :D :D
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Re: Walks with stolen camera Part 1

Postby Greigers » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:13 pm

you are an Author with that camera and the pics easily tell the story, tell kevin you lost the camera be in doghouse for a few days and he`ll have to buy a new one then you miraculously find the lost camera :lol:
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