It is an interesting experience to visit Elk Island at night. We are a city creatures, not very comfortable with being in nature without the ability to see. And then, there are the noises. It is so eerie to stand in the middle of nowhere, where it is pitch black and so quiet that every noise carries a long way. Hard to judge the distance separating us from the animals making that noise.
Sunsets are not that easy to photograph in early spring. During the week there is simply not enough time to get sufficiently far away from the city to catch it, during weekends - the weather does not often cooperate. Last year we took several trips to try and get nice shots and even managed to visit Spaca Moskalyk
Last summer wasn't as full of outings as I would have liked. Time, seems to be more and more a rare commodity and trying to fit a trip outside the city can be rather difficult. I treasure every one of those outings. Even, if I don't bring a lot of pictures back, it is a pleasure to just wander, letting the road take us, wherever it goes.
I have totally forgotten about this collection of pictures, shot during our little excursion outside the city last year on my birthday. It was a cold and frosty day with a beautiful blue sky. Such days make me think that I don't hate cold as much ;D Winter doesn't often give us opportunities for bright and cheerful photography, that is why I enjoy this so much. Sunny skies, frost and fresh snow on the ground make for quite lovely views, much appreciated, I think, during long and cold winters.
Located on the Trail of the Eagle's Nests, Ogrodzieniec Castle rules over the Krakow-Czestochowa Upland in southern Poland. Established first in early 12th century, destroyed and rebuilt numerous times since then it was finally abandoned at the beginning of 19th century due to extensive fire damage and remains a picturesque ruin ever since.
At the northwestern tip of Trotternish Peninsula on the Isle of Skye, we have found another picturesque location for our photo adventures, right by the ruins of Duntulm Castle. Since the tide was low and a portion of the sea floor was revealed I have had a rare opportunity to explore the multitude of sea plants with their wonderful colors and shapes as well as take in the views.
With any new country we visit we try to find some point of reference while planning a trip. Such was the case during our first visit to Scotland, four years ago, when we decided to visit Glenfinan, a place of birth of a fictional character Connor MacLeod, from the movie "Highlander" (the original, not the re-makes.. ;D). This time around, I have managed to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle,