Monthly Archives: October 2010

Postcard from the A896

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Update from Scotland

So it’s been 12 days of 904F so far, and I’ve been travelling around Scotland. I finally gave back the rented car today and will be taking a train journey tomorrow to start off with a 5-day field photography workshop being conducted by Bruce Percy.

Driving around has been both tiring and liberating. Tiring because, obviously, I need to take care on the road and not get distracted by the most spectacular scenery that you’ve ever seen that fills your frontal and peripheral vision with each corner that you turn, without exception. The views are grand, the land is ever-changing with the continuously changing weather, and it sometimes feel like a roller-coaster ride, but it’s worth every second of your time, and then some. Liberating because I had absolute freedom to stay, to go, to turn around, and just to do whatever I wished to, which would’ve been impossible had I been using public transportation or been a part of a guided tour.

From the moment my plane landed at Glasgow airport on the 11th of this month, I knew that this was a special place. Just walking down the steps to deplane at the parking bay, the view in the distance was compelling enough to hint at the grandeur that lay ahead. This is not a land to be ‘done’ in a 3-4 day trip, rushing from one spot to another while posing everywhere to get the obligatory pic/snap/click (God those words make me sick!), such as every destination is treated. This place is special. It demands and commands your time. If you choose not to give it that, then you will be significantly underwhelmed by what it has to offer and that would be a shame, for it is truly capable of some mind-bendingly beautiful landscapes whose topography will leave you in awe.

I have been keeping a daily diary of my experiences, and had originally planned to upload those notes on this blog, but due to the remoteness of the places I was at it wasn’t always possible to come online and as a result all those posts now lie stored on the laptop rather than displayed here. I think I’ll skip putting them up on the blog altogether, and instead think about something else to do with them, while using this blog for general updates from time-to-time.

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