Occasional Ramblings with a Camera

This blog is my occasional ramblings on here, there and about, with and very occasionally without a camera. Photography, art, landscape (principally Scottish), heritage and wildlife are the things that interest me the most, so thats what I'll be writing about and of course showing pictures of. They say that a photograph is worth a thousand words, well I'm not so sure about that but if it is then great as it will save me a heap of typing, all power to the image.

Me myself I


pic of me © Christine PartridgeI rarely like photographs of myself but this one I'm very happy with, ... well reasonably so.

Picture by Christine Partridge.

A favourite location - Craig Fonvuick - zoomable panorama


looking over Killiekrankie towards beinn a ghlo © George LoganA birthday wander on the 24th to a favourite spot on Craig Fonvuick above Killiekrankie, up from Tenandry. In part for the view but also to see if there were any Scotch Argus butterflies out and about. It was a glorious warm blue sky day, just perfect. In all I spotted 22 Scotch Argus and added three Speckled Wood as well, these I hadn't come across before.

The panorama is self explanatory. It's not 'dramatic' but that's not the point, more just showing a lovely and interesting landscape one hot summer's afternoon in 2016. 
Down towards Blair Atholl on the left you can see the preparations for the Horse Trials and over on the right Ben Vrackie.

The Zoomable Panorama can be found: HERE or click on the image.

Fold above Allt Coire Shith - zoomable panorama


fold © George LoganThis fold and accompanying shieling huts is on a south facing slope above Allt Coire Shith by Ben Gulabin and up from Gleann Taitneach. More details can be found: HERE

The fold is on quite a considerable slope that is difficult to portray at this angle. Like many folds it's half way up the hillside, a possibly more contemporary fold is located down by the stream that you can zoom into. Not mentioned in the Canmore records above is that on the slight track back towards Gleann Taitneach is a short wall section, approximately 20m. long going up the hillside with the path cutting mid way through. With the general layout I'm guessing it was both a gentle barrier preventing livestock from then dropping back down into Gleann Taitneach and also to help guide them through the gap down from or up to the shieling grounds, preventing them straying too far and wide.

The Zoomable Panorama can be found: HERE or click on the image

Gleann Beag / Glenshee - zoomable panorama


glenshee hills © George Logan

Following a walk last week along Glen Taitneach and then over behind Ben Gulabin to principally view a nice fold and shieling area, I later came around to this view of Gleann Beag, looking towards the hills with the Cairnwell and Glas Maol. It was a very hot and slightly hazy day so the distant clarity was not ideal but still ok. It's a grand viewpoint, showing the hills and also the archaeology on the slopes down to the river on its eastern (right hand) side. Below Creag Deargh there are also old field cultivation and just at its foot a very nice four poster stone 'circle', with one main stone still in situ. 
Can you spot the herd of Red Deer, mostly stags.

The inset image is of a lovely plant called Grass-of-Parnassus a great swath of which was nearby.

The zoomable panorama can be viewed: HERE or click on the image.

Taking my camera for a walk


A few images while taking my camera for a walk.

Blairgowrie © George LoganBlairgowrie © George LoganBlairgowrie © George Logan

Blairgowrie © George Logan

Blairgowrie © George Logan

Corbenic pond © George Logan

Blairgowrie © George Logan

After the rain


The rain eased off, a walk was back on. To share the landscape, thoughts and ideas with two friends was a rare delight. A walk of poetry and of life.
A lovely walk around the Corbenic poetry trail. New poems and new trees planted, firs and pine, for the future to behold - perhaps three friends sharing.. .

Corbenic poetry trail © george logan

from Corbenic poetry trail © george logan

Corbenic poetry trail © george logan

pond, Corbenic poetry trail © george loganpond, Corbenic poetry trail © george logan

Corbenic poetry trail © george logan

Comma 2016


With the much warmer weather over the past week I wondered if the Comma butterflies might appear earlier than last year, keeping an eye out, I saw one today, four days earlier than last year. Exactly the same location as previous years, by some mixed woodland. A few other butterflies around; red admiral and lots of orange tips.
Last week I came across something I hadn't seen before, a rather pretty Speckled Yellow day flying moth in a woodland near where I live. I'll try and register its sighting.

comma location © George Logancomma butterfly © George Logan

comma butterfly © George Logan

Techy note: these were shot on my Sigma DP2.

A cloudless day


The American photographer Robert Adams said, 'light transforms', I think it can also inspire. A rare warm sunny day, cloudless and a wonderful setting light. The silhouettes are of some flowers that I've had for several years, four I think. Dried brown despite the water that never evaporated.
A fitting end.

sunset© George Logan

flowers © George Logan

flowers © George Logan

flowers © George Logan

New zoomy pano - Shieling dig


An interesting open day organised by the Shieling Project up at a dig by AOC Archaeology of a shieling site above Struy near Glen Strathfarrar. Many more shieling huts were found than the three indicated on 1st edition OS map, three were excavated as well as the site surveyed. Main find being the base of a glazed pot, possibly a small jug. An interesting location that also has a nearby short lived 19th century lead mine.

shieling dig © George Logan

Click on the above image for a new zoomable panorama.

A cold snap(s)


A brief return to Winter gave the hills a bit of snow these past few days but up Auchaven © george Loganat Auchaven, at the head of Glen Isla there was little to be seen today. A few passing snow flurries but that was it. However back home and at a much lower level it started snowing fairly heavily come the evening. So I suspect Auchaven and Glen Isla will be a lot worse and now very white. The farmers will be frantic making sure the lambs are safe.
A couple of 'snaps' from today; I particularly like the tree one for its quiet quality and the pattern of the branches, the wrecked bridge with snow covered Monega Hill in the distance is definitely just a snap.

Auchaven © George Logan

Through a glass darkly - New collaborative project


Along with an artist friend Chris Partridge we have started working on a collaborative project, a video along with our own ancillary related work painting, book making and photography. A basic element will be about seeing and eyes that was initiated from an idea and experience by Chris. It will be an interesting and I think very productive experience working collaboratively.
These images are just a couple of screen grabs from initial filming for the video, they might not be used but rather nice images anyway.

Untitled film still © George Logan / Chris Partridge

Untitled film still © George Logan / Chris Partridge



An artist friend had this found object, this fascinating piece of wood that I was keen to recontextualize. The text (Her ancient decks were worn and wrinkled, like the pilgrim-worshipped flag-stone in Canterbury Cathedral where Becket bled.) comes from Herman Melville's, Moby Dick. I thought of the square of wood coming perhaps from a boat of some sort. Having the weathering of being at sea and eventually finding itself ashore somewhere.

I wished to build around its possible history and its travels. After some consideration the thrust for me was being on death (memeto mori) and religion, with the text coming from Moby Dick.
Death here not just of the thousands of whales killed for their oil and bone, or of Becket at Canterbury but also of the Piquot tribe, Melville calling the boat Pequod referencing them. The native American Piquot tribe, in the 17th century fought the Puritan settlers after a dispute, hundreds were killed, decimating the tribe with many survivors subsequently enslaved. Death too of the crew that the text foretells. Many whaling ships and their crew's lost their lives in pursuit of the whale and also from the traitorous seas they encountered while months at sea. Melville worked on a whaling ship (the Acushnet) and was an experienced sailor before turning to writing. Moby Dick in many respects recalls that life on a whaling ship.

Religion; the Catholicism of Becket, the Puritan settlers, the Quakers who owned many of the whaling fleets but also the Transcendentalist interpretation of Moby Dick itself. 

The image is made like an illustration from a text book. Giving weight to the object, like some unique find, a relic, awaiting perhaps future academic study and analysis. More stories.

Pequod © George Logan 2016