The Time To See
I have visited Scotland and its west coast countless times for more than a decade. It is strange only later in life I have discovered its beauty when so many other photographers have known it for so long. Perhaps it is because I have lived abroad for several periods of my life and Scotland seemed so far away when living in the south of the UK. As they say better late than never, and this true. Scotland still ranks as one of the best places in the world to go and photograph. It has an immense variety of environments, stunning landscapes and fabulous weather. Obviously, I am not comparing it to the Bahamas, but the fact that it is very changeable manifesting in winds that move clouds across the skies, modulating the light and delivering differing conditions, sometimes multiple times in a day, make the place exciting. That being said, whenever I have visited the Hebrides, it has been largely sunny. In fact, the Hebrides would compare to the as it boasts hundreds of gorgeous sandy beaches and seas that are turquoise and azure. However, here are no palm trees and you have to wear a coat!
Many of the beaches exhibit remarkable sand patterns that are created by the small freshwater streams running of the land, carrying with them, tiny particulates of black peat which accumulate and settle forming the most elaborate and intricate sand patterns. The contrast of the intricate and dark markings against the sand are fascinating and you can spend hours photographing them. Grand open vistas in the Scottish Highlands are as ubiquitous as the photographs made of them, but exploring the inner landscape requires a certain concentration and mindful dedication which is absorbing.
Even photographing the peated sand patterns has become somewhat popular, so on this particular occasion I elected to try something a little more abstract. I was fortunate have a clear blue sky that reflected in the wet sands as it met the sea. This reflection was interspersed with the small sand bars giving the impression of the sky itself and other worldly clouds within whilst bringing together the complimentary colours of blue and yellow. At first glance it is not obvious what the individual components are and as such achieves its goal of being abstract and intriguing.