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Saturday 9 February 2008

The Hills of Dream

The tide of noon is upon the hills.
Amid leagues of purple heather, of pale amethyst ling, stand isled great yellow-lichened granite boulders, fringed with tawny bracken.

In the vast dome of blue there is nought visible save a speck of white, a gannet that drifts above the invisible sea. And through the hot tide of noon goes a breath as of the heart of flame.

Far off, far off, I know dim hills of dream, and there my heart suspends as a white bird longing for home: and there, oh there, is a heart of flame, and the breath of it is as the tide of noon upon these hills of dream.

Fiona Macleod
From the Hills of Dream - 1902

Red Deer Hind

The Red Deer hind was browsing on heath under a cloud of midges and I was camode up on the edge of the bog waiting for a Roe buck when the hind came quietly out from the forests edge.

She was there for a fair time when there was a change of wind direction and she caught my scent, which put her head up (the moment of this shot); but she couldn't figure out where I was. After some hesitation she decided to go back into the trees and drifted off, still testing the air.

I'd been in one position for long enough and had more or less given up on the buck so I stood up. When my head cleared the bracken there was a crash to the right about thirty feet away and I was greeted with the sight of the retreating rear end of the Roe Buck I'd been waiting to see.

Seems to be the way of it with me and Roe deer. I've missed some fantastic shots and never, so far, managed to get one I would want to publish. It'll happen right one of these days and the red hind made it worth the effort on this occasion.

Friday 1 February 2008

Wild Mountain Thyme

Apparently not Irish in origin as has been suggested but a Scottish song based on Pailsey poet R Tannahill's song The Braes of Balquidder.

This video of The Silencers performing Wild Mountain Thyme was directed by Steve price with Photography by John Brown in 1996 and shot around Lochranza on the Isle of Arran.

Ther are 28 videos of performances of Wild Mountain Thyme on the tube and much as I like such as The Corries I keep coming back to The Silencers.

I was inspired to add this after visiting

I think it's great and makes you home sick when you're at home.
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