MM 3-14: A Skye Mountain in Monochrome

On our last day in Skye we left shortly after breakfast to begin our long trip back to Glasgow. We headed down A87 from Portree but after only about nine miles stopped one last time on the island at a spot called Sligachan to witness some of Skye’s most spectacular mountain scenery. These last few days I have been working on the photos of the Cuillin mountains that I took at that last stop in preparation for my next posting and I have decided to convert one of these shots to monochrome. It will be  my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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My entry to this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. The mountain is called Sgurr nan Gillean. At 964 meters high it is the fifth highest in the Cuillin.

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In Scotland a mountain over 3,000 feet high is called a munro and there are 282 munros in the country. Twenty of them are in the Cuillin. In the 19th century British mountain climbers used to go to the Alps in France and Switzerland to find a challenge. Then someone discovered the Cuillin on Skye.

I’ll have more photos of the Cuillin in my next posting.

Leanne Cole is an Australian photographer who hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Why don’t you drop by her website to see what other photographers from all over the world are doing in monochrome these days.

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Skye’s Museum of Island Life

After our spectacular views of the Quiraing on Skye’s northern tip, John, our Rabbie’s Tour Guide, thought it would be best to take us to a museum. He must have noticed that the weather had taken a turn for the worse. So he drove us over to the northwest side of the Trotternish Peninsula to the village of Kilmuir where on a clear day you get a nice view of the strait called The Minch that separates Skye from the islands of the Outer Hebrides. But this was not a clear day. In fact, the wind was rather fierce and the rain was often horizontal as we dashed between one thatched croft house and another at John’s  museum. We discovered quickly that John’s museum was not an ordinary museum. Yes, we found some roofs over our heads. But also a lot of space between the roofs!

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MM 3-13: A Church in Glass in Glasgow

The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew’s stands proudly on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow. It also stands right next to an all-glass office building and I took a picture of this building with the cathedral’s reflection one day a few weeks ago during one of our city walks. This is my entry this week for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Glasgow’s Metropolitan Cathedral Church of St Andrew’s reflected in the glass office building next door.

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These two buildings can be found on Clyde Street in central Glasgow between the Victoria and South Portland Street bridges.

Leanne Cole is an Australian photographer who hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Click here to go to her website to see what other photographers are doing in monochrome these days.

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The Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye

On Day 2 of our 3-day Rabbie’s Skye Tour we headed north out of Portree along the northeast coast of Skye on Road A855, also known as Staffin Road. It goes all the way to the northern tip of Skye and then swings over to the island’s northwest coast, finally meeting up with the A87 road at the village of Uig. We would be spending most of the morning on the Trotternish Peninsula and then in the afternoon we would drive further west to Dunvegan Castle where we would have lunch. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated as the day went on and I was unable to take any photos in the afternoon. I took a lot in the morning, though, often between the raindrops.

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The Town of Portree on the Isle of Skye

One of the highlights of our three-week trip to Scotland in May was our three-day bus trip to the Isle of Skye. It took a day to get there through the Scottish highlands and a day to get back to Glasgow. In the middle of the trip we spent a whole day on Skye and two nights at a B & B in Portree, the island’s largest town.

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MM 3-12: High

It’s time for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge and the theme for this first week of the month is High. For my entry I have decided to convert to monochrome one of the photos I took high in the highlands on our recent trip to Scotland:

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Over the Sea to Skye

The Skye Boat Song is one of the most popular of all Scottish folk songs. It’s also known as Over the Sea to Skye from one of the lines in the song. The sea, in our case, was the strait of Kyle Rhea — also called the Kyle Rhea narrows and only about 500 yards wide — and our short voyage from Glenelg on the mainland to Kylerhea on Skye took all of six minutes.

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