A little bit of Harris

The day on Harris might, in hindsight, be the most impressive one of the whole trip. And that is saying something. Harris greeted us with very typical rain. Heavy rain. And lots of it. Plus wind. Which is why I can show only a little bit of Harris. The Isle of Harris is part of…

Leaving Harris

This is the view from the ferry onto Harris and Lewis as you’re arriving or leaving. This is one thing I love about the Outer Hebrides: the staffage of the landscape with misty valleys and those interesting de-saturated contrasts. As some of you may remember, on the ferry ride to Harris, I had made the…

Uig Bay in the Early Morning

I took this photo from the patio of our pod at The Cowshed before going down to the ferry to Tarbert, Harris. It was very early. I think I recall getting up at 3.30 am in order to catch the ferry. There was only one possibility for a day trip to the Outer Hebrides and…

Rubha Hunish

We didn’t plan to walk this path. Instead we were taking a driving tour around the northern part of Skye, intending to take a walk somewhere. This is where we parked our car and took that walk. It took us longer than expected, but that might be due to taking photos on the way. Touring…

Saurians

Last year, on our trip to Duisburg, we took a look a Zoo Zajac. It’s supposed to be the biggest pet shop in the world. I don’t want to start a discussion here. I know – just like zoos – pet shops that sell living animals are not undoubted. We went there to see items…

Urban Sundowner

It took me over a year to process this picture and a few more I took in February 2017. Blame my computer, will you please? Processing photos is a nightmare, at the moment. I am still hoping for the better. Anyways, that day I got lucky to have such a beautiful day on my first…

Dean Village Detail

What makes Edinburgh special is its architecture. At least, that’s what makes it special to me. I know that natives would say that there was an ‚old Edinburgh‘ and that it’s gone. Just like there was a Paris or a Berlin that is gone. But in this city I feel like I am in something…

Killing Time

Calton Hill in Edinburgh might be the place I spent the most accumulated time. That is, as you might have read before, because you need a bit of patience when you go up there to take certain photos. This one happened while I was waiting for the Edinburgh Tattoo Fireworks. It was a beautiful evening,…

Tattoo Fireworks

Being in Edinburgh in August offers many treats. One of them is the daily fireworks display that marks the end of that day’s Edinburgh Tattoo. While waiting on Carlton Hill (once more) there are a lot of changes in lights and colour happening up at Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Tattoo is a beautiful affair – even…

Back to Edinburgh

Okay, back to the essentials of life 😉 Do you remember when I was showing you my first Edinburgh pictures? I said that there were three little houses, right next to Holyrood Palace, that to me are kind of the essence of the city. They seem to have been leftover from history. Edinburgh is an…

Feeding

There is an old rule in interieur design that says: everything beautiful should be useful – and everything useful should be beautyful. I wholeheartedly conquer to this rule. Here is on example of how one can put it to good use 😉 As some of you might have gathered by now, I have found a…

Festive Impressions

Well, it wasn’t easy, but I did have a chance or two to take some pictures. Normally I don’t. Does any of you know how that feels: you just cannot work on something AND take the photos of it? Like if I was to take food photos, I wouldn’t do the food part, only the…

Adventströdel auf Kulturgut Schrabben Hof – 25. und 26. November 2017

Am 25. und 26. November ist es so weit. Der Schrabben Hof öffnet seine Pforten für eine weihnachtliche Extravaganz. Ich kann hier mal eine kleine Sneak Preview liefern. Aber ich kann auch sagen, dass die Bilder gar nichts aussagen über den Anblick, der die Besucher an diesem Wochenende erwartet. Es ist noch viel bunter, festlicher,…

The Thistle

One item on the list of must-do-photos in Scotland is, of course, the thistle. If your are looking for those big, full examples, head to the National Bank of Scotland in Portree. They have wonderful bushes of thistles in front of the building 😉

Storm over Quiraing

This was the afore mentioned stop, before we came to Kilt Rock. It literally took a few seconds to get our clothes wet, but I was so stunned by this vista, especially in these conditions, that I had to get back to the car and get the camera out. What I love about this picture…

Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock was an adventure for us. It was the slowest day we had on Skye. The weather was very wet and even stormy. Originally this was the day we wanted to go up Old Man of Storr. Conditions however prevented that. And I learned one thing: in Scotland, if people say: do not go…

Portree by Night

There are pictures you have to take, even though they have been taken a thousand times before you. And will be taken a million times after you. The coloured house front in Portree on Skye is a motif, every photographer has to take at least once in his life. So here we are. Of course,…

Where the Taste of Scotland comes from…

Talikser Bay was one of my personal highlights on our trip. It has just everything. It’s like a microcosmos of Western Isles Landscapes. It’s lovely, but also rough and dramatic. It has a beach, but also cliffs and waterfalls. Within minutes you’ll have experienced every kind of weather the west coast is able to offer…

Alle in Deckung, das TV rückt an!

Na ja, so in etwa habe ich mich in den letzten Tagen gefühlt, als klar war, dass ‚Hermann hilft‚ zu uns auf den Schrabben Hof kommen würde. Da ich hier aber noch gar nichts dazu erzählt habe, kommt jetzt hier mal ein Update. Denn für diese ‚Institution‘, die seit einigen Monaten ein wichtiger Teil meines…