Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scenic photos

Here are some of my favourite scenic photos that I took in Scotland. I’ll let you enjoy them without further comment.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Waterfalls

Waterfalls look great. Here are a few photos of waterfalls that I took in Scotland.


The series of falls here form a part of a salmon leap. The salmon leap up these falls as they travel upstream.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Scottish village life in the old days

At the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, there is a replica of what a highlands village would have been like in around 1700. I really enjoyed seeing similarities between it and village life in PNG.

Village houses:


A straw broom:


A woven basket:


Some seats and a fireplace:


Firewood and a basket with stones (o vasu tao bau!).


Temporary camp accommodation for when people were travelling:


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Flowers of Scotland

As I travelled through Scotland, I really enjoyed seeing the flowers that were in bloom at the time and took the occasional photo. Here are some of them for you to enjoy too.


This is a rhododendron bush. It reminded me of Bougainvillea plants. The flower is completely different really, but when you see it from a distance, and while flying past it in a bus, it looks a bit like a Bougainvillea, so that made me happy because Bougainvillea plants remind me of Bougainville as they grow well there (although the plant originated in South America).


Sunday, August 12, 2012

Neolithic sites – or in other words: really old places

It was really interesting to see some Neolithic (very old) sites at Orkney and to imagine what it would have been like to live back then.

Skara Brae is probably the best preserved Neolithic village. You can see what their houses were like, and I’d love to be able to go back in time and just see people going about their daily life in that era, although I’m glad that I didn’t live then – I like our modern comforts.


The Broch of Gurness is actually from the Iron Age (thanks Wikipedia for telling me that!), so it’s not Neolithic, it’s a bit more recent – about 2000 years old. Again it’s just fascinating to see these places and to think that 2000 years ago there was people here in the same place as me, seeing and touching the same stones.


These standing stones are a part of the Ring of Brodgar, a big circle of standing stones. They are also from the Neolithic area, before there was any machinery and it makes you wonder how they managed to move these stones about and put them in place. Theories about, but no-one really knows.


This huge stone really dwarfs me and must weigh a ton!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Fancy, old churches

Perhaps ‘churches’ isn’t quite the right word – one is a chapel and two are cathedrals. But the three buildings that I show you here are quite fancy and admirable.

At Orkney there was an Italian chapel, which was built by and for the Italian prisoners of war during World War 2. The walls on the inside are beautifully painted – they couldn’t use real bricks, so they painted the walls to make it look like they used brick!


St Magnus Cathedral was also at Orkney, in Kirkwall the main town. It has a lot of history (google it if you want the details!)

You don’t normally associate the skull and crossbones imagery with churches, but here in St Magnus Cathedral is a memorial stone for some people who died. There were many such memorial stones throughout the building.

Lovely stained-glass window:

Another cathedral that I saw was Dunkeld Cathedral. It is on the mainland of Scotland, not at Orkney like the other two were. It has also had a long history.

Stained-glass at Dunkeld Cathedral:

A real pipe organ. No-one was playing it when we were there, but I think they are amazing instruments, they make loud music without the use of electronics or speakers.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

MacKay land

On my trip to the north of Scotland, we travelled through Clan MacKay land, which is in the Sutherland area of north west Scotland. In Australia, we hear a lot about traditional land-owners, so I was pleased to see the land of which I can claim to be a ‘traditional land-owner’ (my great grand-father and generations before him lived there). Of course I don’t have a claim to a single piece of this land and traditional land-owner rights aren’t recognised in Scotland because the history of change in ownership is different. Anyway, here are some photos of me and the scenes of ‘MY’ land.

Me with ‘my’ traditional country behind me:


“Welcome to MacKay country”






Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Birds, whales and animals

Here are a few of the birds, whales and animals that I saw in Scotland.

Puffins

Killer whales/orcas

Lovely white sheep

Dark sheep

Big cows

Deer (sorry, not the best photo)

Squirrel