A Mythical Sunset

The Wizard And The Troll

We’ve called this photo the ‘Wizard and the Troll’. An oddly shaped standing stone towers over his plumper friend as they watch the sun go down behind the Standing Stones of Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

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This photo continues our week long celebration of sunrises and sunsets here on Taraji Blue. For more images, visit the Taraji Blue photo gallery.

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New photos added from the Isle of Lewis


Bosta Beach, Isle of Lewis

We have recently updated our Scottish online photo gallery with images taken in the Isle of Lewis.

Despite being told how stunningly beautiful Lewis is, I did not expect much from the island. I was, however, blown away by the rugged beauty and incredibly wild, pristine coastline. I am not a beach person in the slightest, but my heart melted at the first glimpse of Bosta Beach (see above). I even managed a dip in the sea!

I urge anyone who can to visit this incredible wee island. It’s worth both the time and effort.

Sheep on a Beach



Spring Has Sprung

A tiny yellow flower emerges from its bud

The onset of spring and the lighter evenings was the perfect excuse to dust off the macro lens and hit the meadows to see what emerging plants and insects we could find. The overcast Bank Holiday weather created a wonderful  bokkeh and cast incredible colours across the Scottish forests and fields, enabling us to capture some beautiful shots of emerging flowers and trees.  Here’s a few of our favourites.Further images are available in our TarajiBlue macro photography gallery.

A flower emerges from a bud on the brand of a tree

A Daisy Awakens

Return of the Mac(ro)

A close up of raindrops on weeds

I think I was one of the few people who was genuinely excited to see the rain this Bank Holiday weekend. Whilst marooned in the middle of a Scottish field, the spring rains provided the perfect opportunity for me to indulge my love of macro photography. I was equipped with my new macro extension rings (a Christmas gift) and was eager to give them a trial run.

I started on the Saturday with the 25mm extension ring on my Canon ES 100mm lens and was astonished at how close I could get to ‘the action’. Hand-holding the camera in the blustery winds proved to be a challenge, but in half an hour or so I’d become accustomed to the equipment and the weather, and had started to produce some good results. I spent most of my time with my bottom pointing skywards, rain dripping down my trousers, as I took to the undergrowth in search of raindrops on grass stems and weeds. I fell in love with what I saw.  The extension rings enabled me to get so close to the plants that three or four raindrops would fill my eyepiece and I’d begin to notice fine hairs on weeds, individual patterns on a single blade of grass and see colours and landscapes reflected in the tiniest of waterdroplets.  The picture above was one of the first I took and it is pretty much straight out of the camera – no editing and crucially no cropping.

I especially like the image below because I love how an ‘ordinary’ weeds has been transformed to look like a Venus fly trap preying on the single and vulnerable raindrop.

I’ll think twice before I weed our garden next time!

Additional macro photographs taken this weekend have been added to the Taraji Blue  macro challenge photo gallery. I hope you like them and I welcome any comments and feedback.

A single raindrop balances on a stem of grass

My photo of the week: Wary

A close up of a Highland Coo

One of our subjects that never fails to get a reaction is Highland Coos.  I have posted a few of them on google plus and facebook and they always stimulate comments and discussion. That’s why this is my photo of the week.

I adore highland coos! Living in Scotland for 8 years fuelled my passion for these amazing creatures. I had personally named each and every coo I had seen in Stirlingshire and visited them regularly by bike, car and foot… so imagine my delight when my mother-in-law bought a house backing onto a farm with three Highland Coos. I was beside myself with joy!

The first time we stayed over I was up and out in the garden in my PJs, chatting away to the coos over the fence, letting them dribble on me as I crawled under the barbed wire with my camera and getting nettle stings in places you’d never thought imaginable. (That’s how I managed to get a shot at this angle!) My mother in law took pity on me and arranged with the farmer, (her neighbour), that the next time we visit I could give the Coos their spring brush. Cue much excitement!

It was such an amazing experience to get up close and personal with these animals. They simply LOVE being brushed and I loved brushing them. I was completely enthralled and they found it so relaxing – they even fall asleep as you brush them 🙂 What’s more they get quite jealous if one coo is brushed for longer than another. It’s not uncommon to run out or arms and combs as they all jostle for your attention 🙂

Regardless, I did so well that the farmer has allowed me to visit and brush them whenever I like!!! So keep your eyes open for some more Coo close-ups the next time I take a trip to wee bonnie Scotland.