Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Smoo Cave, Sutherland

30 June 2014

The day started overcast as we arrived at the car park for Smoo Cave.  Having walked down the flight of steps, we were greeted by the huge entrance to Smoo Cave, carved out of the surrounding limestone.

Smoo Cave
Inside the cave, we walked to the viewing platform and saw the waterfall, cascading down from the river above.
Inside the cavern

The cliffs echoed to the sounds of nesting Fulmars.
Nesting Fulmars
Looking back to the cave entrance
Allt Smoo
Nesting Fulmars
We walked along to the coast after visiting the cave, and the sun appeared.  I spotted a Gannet flying over the sea, various gulls, and Oystercatchers, who gave us a noisy flypast.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Red Kite Drawing

Over the last few months I have been working on a drawing of a Red Kite around my other work and I have now finally finished it. I am really pleased with the result.

The drawing was done using a variety of graphite pencils on A4 (approx 210 x 297mm / 12 x 8.5") cartridge paper.

I'm hoping to auction this off in the near future to raise funds for the Red Kites in some way, after the awful incident in the north of Scotland earlier in the year when 16 Red Kites and 6 Buzzards were found dead.

Drawn from a photo by Ian Paterson (https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandozer/) and used with his kind permission.

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