My walk this week is a celebration of the different weather conditions we enjoyed under Scottish skies recently. I won’t say much more than that. As you will be able to see below, we relaxed to beautiful sunsets, cold winds, and water not just ebbing and flowing with the tide but also falling from the sky. On one occasion this produced a thunderous roar as the drops hit the tin roof above us in the middle of the night.
On my walk this week I want to share some of my favourite photos of spectacular sunsets from the two weeks I spent in Scotland. The videos I posted while there could not follow the ever changing light for more than a few moments and the atmosphere created by the setting sun on successive evenings was literally awesome.
From the pastel tints and shades looking in one direction to the drama of a fiery sky in another, the reflections on clouds above and water below never ceases to amaze me.
However, I couldn’t photograph one of the most impressive evening skies I have ever seen. I was driving home at the time and as we crossed the border into Wales the sunset was unbelievable, unrealistic even! Yet it was real and will be one that lives on in my memory – it was a good way to arrive back from a much needed and, in spite of Covid-19, much enjoyed holiday. And we were back just in time for another lockdown!
Evening Soundscape – Curlews Calling
A couple of the curlews calling in the soundscape above are from one of the videos I posted previously – the others were separately recorded and are a natural (and phenomenal, to my mind) part of the evening landscapes/seascapes in the photos.
Click the play button for the soundscape and then click the first image below to see the full images larger.
My walk this week at sundown in Llanelli Bay on the Loughor Estuary allowed me to look out across the mudflats and listen to the gentle ambience of the place as well as enjoy the colours and reflections of the golden sunlight.
Like the background sound of a light aircraft on my walk last week in Swansea Bay, there was the almost constant sound of vehicles on the mud and sand doing an unknown but seemingly specific task. However, it did not spoil the soundscape and the calls of various birds mingled with those of children and excited dogsContinue reading
Arrangements or compositions? A bit of both I guess – a joint effort you might say. The environmental conditions made the arrangements and I composed the images.
The compositions are intended to relate the story and experience of my walk but the environmental conditions were coincidental to that – Continue reading
I took a number of short walks when away in Scotland and while it is certainly possible that all the shots posted below are all from the same day (the weather can and does change quickly there), the photos actually span three days going from grey to gold across sea and sky.
However, you might be surprised to know that the “blue sky cloudscape” shot was taken just 90 minutes before the golden sundown shots. It can be wonderful to have good sunny weather Continue reading
Towards the turning point of my fourth walk from the past (June 2011), I reached the banks of the River Loughor as it runs through the salt marshes in its estuary. Continue reading
One of things I enjoy most about the longer days of the year is evening walks.
I love walking at all times and in many different conditions but when the sun puts on a display like this . . .
You can watch the StillWalks sample video “Coastal Walk – Evening” here.