Monday, July 28, 2014

Favorite photos of places we visited our first year

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                                                                             here are my favorite photographs I've taken of places we have visited during our first year in the U.K. I'm pretty proud of several of these; they're not bad for a newbie photography enthusiast using old equipment. {Ed.'s note: If he does say so himself.}

They're not a compilation of my favorite places. For sure, some of these places are among my favorites, but definitely not all of them. I just think the photos turned out well.

Last week I posted photographs which nearly made it into this top tier, but I didn't think were quite up to snuff. And then I started to doubt a few of my choices. What about that picture of the Old Man of Storr? Or of Versailles? Or several others?

In some ways, I feel like the photos I select for this blog are as revealing as anything I write about. It feels personal, even in these shots of places or locations. Or maybe it's just a reluctance to expose my flaws as a beginner photog; my eye is drawn to all the flaws or missed opportunities in the photos.

But enough navel-gazing.

You can click on the photographs to see larger versions of them, and scroll through. However, you can't read the captions in that display mode.

Here are my favorites, in no particular order. I hope you enjoy them, too.

Dryburgh Abbey ruins; Dryburgh, Scotland
The romantic ruins of Dryburgh Abbey rest serenely amongst the trees. (Dryburgh, Scotland)
View from Isle of Arran across to Goatfell and Isle of Bute
The amazing colors made us pull off the road on the Isle of Bute, looking toward Goatfell and the other mountains on the Isle of Arran. (Isle of Bute, Scotland)
Culzean Castle; Ayrshire, Scotland
In full disclosure, I airbrushed out a picnicking couple on the grass. Who did they think they were, ruining my photo?!? (Culzean Castle, Ayshire, Scotland)
Necropolis in Glasgow, Scotland
John Knox rises above the hilltop Necropolis in Glasgow. (Glasgow, Scotland)
Glen Coe, Scotland
Kate took this photo in Glen Coe. Your eyes are drawn inexorably down to the house at the base of the hill. (Glen Coe, Scotland)
Eiffel Tower; Paris, France
A hackneyed classic shot of the Eiffel Tower. It's a crisp and pretty photo that I couldn't resist. (Paris, France)
Eilean Donan; Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland
Eilean Donan castle is one of the most photographed sites in Scotland. But perhaps not often like this. (Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland)
Machrie Moor stone circle; Isle of Arran, Scotland
When you see prehistoric monuments by yourself, in the right weather, it can be haunting. (Machrie Moor stone circle, Isle of Arran, Scotland)
View of Notre Dame cathedral from the Seine; Paris, France
{Ed.'s note: Wait . . . didn't he have this same photo of Notre Dame cathedral in his "nearly" favorites, but in black and white?} Yep. But I like this version even better. (Paris, France)
Quiraing; Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Hiking along the Quiraing on Skye is a bucket-list item for hikers. 'Twas awesome. (Trotternish Peninsula, Isle of Skye, Scotland)
Skyline of Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland; Edinburgh Castle; St. Giles' Cathedral
The skyline of the upper half of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, castle at left and the tall spire of St. Giles' Cathedral at right. (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Vicar's Close; Wells, England
This shot of the Vicars' Close feels like it could be a still from a period movie. (Wells, England)

Want to see more? Here are the favorites from our first year in Scotland:

(Nearly) favorite photos of places we visited our first year

Favorite family photos of our first year in Scotland

(Nearly) favorite family photos of our first year in Scotland


  1. Bri, you are in danger of turning into a photographer, but, please DON'T STOP WRITING!

  2. I am continually impressed by the quality of photos, Brian! (And, of course, the writing, but that I always expected to be top-knotch)

    1. Aww, thanks! It's a new hobby/passion. I'd definitely benefit from some instruction or training, but it's fun to learn by trial and error.