During the woeful destruction of our lives in 2020 by Covid 19, photographic trips around Scotland were virtually impossible to undertake. With the imposition of lockdowns, the presence of new vaccines and reductions in case numbers, however, a modest air of optimism is lifting spirits as the freshness and beauty of springtime is now upon us.
This photographer, having tried hard to obey the rules for over a year, has thus been itching to return to the drawing board in order to produce a fresh list of potential targets for 2021. An exciting spread of destinations – landscapes, coastlines, hills, mountains, glens, islands, lochs (and a few idyllic, remote corners too) – lies ahead for me if normality is duly restored to our lives.
What invigorating plans are in place, then? The tiny village of Reiff, at the western edge of Assynt, a stunning view over Crinan, the island of Kerrera, remote Croick Church (of Highland Clearance sadness and nostalgia in Easter Ross), Mount Blair and Glen Isla, lovely views of the River Tweed from the hillside above Innerleithen, the sumptuous panorama up Loch Lomond from Duncryne Hill, Criffel and the Solway Firth, plus a long awaited climb past the Grey Mare’s Tail to Loch Skeen near Moffat, already find a mental ‘licking of the lips’ stirring considerable excitement – should circumstances permit, of course.
With Mother Nature’s wonderful, unexpected, colourful contributions thrown in, and more than a few of our unique golf course destinations on the drawing board too, of course, let us all hope that normal service can be resumed and enjoyed after the chaos of last year.
Sincere thanks to my loyal customers for your tremendous support of my photography and, in particular, the books and 2021 calendars which you gleefully ordered once again. In very difficult circumstances, it is hugely appreciated.
Now…watch this space for progress reports!