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3 nights away

Maggie and I managed to have three nights away on our own last week.


In the past 18 years or so - basically since before Rogan was born - we've only managed that once before, about 2½ years ago.

This time we stayed in a lovely B&B on the shores of Loch Awe, in Argyll. With the bracken turning brown and the trees all the shades of autumn, this beautiful corner of Scotland was even more stunning.

OK, so it was chucking it down with rain most of the time, or heavily overcast when it wasn't, but that didn't really matter - it was just the 2 of us.

And no phone signal either.

Yes, I took the camera, but there will be no landscape photos appearing on this blog. Apart from the rain, I've discovered one of the drawbacks about being a professional photographer is I can't take snaps anymore. Each time I take a photo, I'm aware of its shortcomings. And as I'm primarily a people, not a landscape photographer, my landscapes are never going to be up to the standard I desire.

However, the sun did come out briefly when we visited Tarbert, so I went for a wander along the harbour and was quite pleased how these turned out.

As always, feel free to click on the images for larger versions.


Scotsman said...

Once had the crappiest job one winter sifting through fish eggs in Argyll, but it was made good by time off in a beautiful area.

Kim Ayres said...

That does sound like a pretty crappy job. It is stunningly beautiful round there, but you have to have reliable independent transport as everywhere seems to be miles away from everywhere else :)

Scotsman said...

That it most definitely the case, it was at least a 40 minute drive to the local shop. I remember one day a co worker and I got through the drudgery of the job by describing the perfect Chinese take away we hadn't had the possibility of having in weeks because we were no where near civilization. Of course thats exactly what we wanted by the end of our 10 hour shift. So in my van we went, and drove for 40 minutes. We could see the town in the distance, and thought it was a little strange that we couldn't see any lights. Of course there had to be a power cut that night! Needless to say we didn't talk food like that again. Even though the Chinese food was the next night.

Jonathan Chant said...

They're beautiful, Kim.

Anonymous said...

These are beautiful, Kim. Looks very peaceful, sounds like you both had a wonderful time.

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a lovely break, and managed to get photographs you're pleased with. I'm particularly taken with the last one.

Pat said...

So glad you weakened.
How clever to get that building advertising you:)

Kim Ayres said...

Scotsman - there's such a different sense of what counts as "local" in rural Scotland :)

Jonathan - many thanks :)

Allen - thank you - and yes, we did :)

Eryl - the reflection of the rope definitely falls under the category of a "Maggie Line" :)

Pat - the wonders of photoshop :)

hope said...

Feels as if I've just had a momentary break from the ordinary..thank you.

Glad you and Maggie got some time to yourselves.

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - :)

Guyana-Gyal said...

You sure captured the mood of that place, weather-wise.

walking in the rain can be quite romantic :-)

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana-Gyal - those were taken when the rain had stopped and the sun was starting to come out :)

viji suresh said...

Lovely serene captures.. It's so peaceful out there. Just craving to have a vacation and try to take some photographs as well..

Kim Ayres said...

Viji -let me know if you ever plan on vacationing in Scotland :)

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