Seals at rest

It’s all too easy to look back in time and say, ‘if only’. Here, I’m looking back to say, ‘if only I had had a super zoom camera’! But I didn’t so I made do with what I had got, which was really a perfectly OK camera with a limited zoom.

Back in 2010 we wanderers from the south of England visited the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Most people in the UK will have little idea of just how far away these islands are so to give some idea, here are some timings.

Let’s imagine we started in central London (which we didn’t) and drove our car to Uig on the Inner Hebrides island of Skye. That would take, according to a motoring organisation web site, some 11 hours and 46 minutes of driving time to cover the 638 miles. The ferry from Uig to Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides takes an hour and 45 minutes. That’s about a thirty mile crossing – further than it is from Dover to Calais. When we went we were heading for a place called Daliburgh which is on the island of South Uist. The islands in a chain here have been linked by causeways so we drove down through North Uist, across Benbecula and continued on down through South Uist. That’s another hour and five minutes according to our motoring organisation for about 38 miles.

Let’s just say that it will actually take much longer for we haven’t factored in stops for meals, using the loo, overnight accommodation and just plain marvelling at what there is to see on the journey. But, by heck, it is so worthwhile.

Eriskay is another island near Daliburgh and it was in the loch that we photographed seals at rest on a low beach of sand and stone that just peeped above sea level.

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The way that photo is a bit ‘vignetted’ with dark corners reminds me that this was an occasion when I held a binocular in front of my camera lens to take the photo. And really it worked tolerably well. I can digitally zoom in a bit closer.

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What fabulous creatures they are and no wonder they spawned actual fables about mermaids. They really are quite absurd on land, attempting to use those little flippers as legs, but they become animals of grace and power in the water.

Just grand!

 

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3 Responses to “Seals at rest”

  1. Rajat Chauhan Says:

    Vow…what a shot.

  2. Janet Says:

    Reblogged this on Janet’s thread and commented:
    Scotland – Seals – Photography -Life is good.

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