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BPPA Awards

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Have been notified by Master Photographers Association HQ to say that I am a finalist in the landscape category at the British Professional Photography Awards this year! This is great news, three of the four images I submitted have been given Awards of Excellence, that means I have three images in the final 4 or 5 from which the winning image is selected. The categories usually have 4 or 5 images that have been given A0E's, so it would seem that I am possibly up against a couple of other photographers. The category winners are announced on the night. If I win again, this will be my third Oskar! I know that I'm also in the running for the Peter Grugeon Award for the best fellowship panel. I can barely think about winning that as well! Even if I don't walk away with another Oskar this year, Julie & I are really looking forwards to the Awards. Tony Hadley (ex-Spandau Ballet) is handing out the Oskars this year at the Awards ceremony which is being held in Newcastl…

The most westerly couple....

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Doing the tourist thing on a day too nasty to be bothered with paddling on Loch Moidart. Ardnamurchan Point is the most westerly point of mainland UK, it sticks out into the Atlantic 23 miles further than Lands End. Good spot for sea-watching. Manx shearwater and gannet were passing close by. Good job they were, otherwise we wouldn't have seen them!

Angela and Buc

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Angela paddling Julie's Buccaneer on Loch Sunart.

Altar

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The Altar and bell in the chapel on Eilean Fhianain.

Resting...

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Julie catching some rays in the ruined chapel on Eilean Fhianain. It was a glorious day......

Eilean Fhianain to Acharacle

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Contemplating the paddle back to Acharacle from Eilean Fhianain...

Loch Teacuis

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Didn't quite make it to Oronsay! The conditions became a little too lively around Carna on the ebb tide for Julie with a steady breeze pushing us down the loch, but what a beautiful place Loch Teacuis is! We had very close encounters with common seals around Eilean Chulaig, these seals were very inquisitive and some followed us down the loch and back again for several kilometers as we paddled back to Ardantiobairt. Unfortunately, we did not see any Otters, but we did stop for a brew on an Otter's dining table, judging by the numerous remains of crabs laying around. The shot of the boats above was taken from here. What was most surprising about Loch Teacuis was the speed with which it drained as the tide went out. When we got out of our boats here, they were two-thirds in the water. Within minutes our boats were high and dry.

Loch Shiel and Eilean Fhianain

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Loch Shiel is a fresh water loch. Our objective was the historic burial ground and ruined chapel of Saint Finnan on Eilean Fhianain. We set off from Acharachle for a there-and-back trip. The burial ground is one of the oldest in Europe and very atmospheric. The Island is the site of Saint Finnan's cell and is one of the earliest Christian sites following Saint Columba's arrival in Scotland. There are many ancient graves around the ruined chapel on this tiny island. We spent a fascinating hour or two exploring Eilean Fhianain. The gravestone with the skeleton carving has an inscription and the two stone crosses are very weathered. The island was the burial place of Clan Ranald until the end of the 16th century.

Loch Sunart

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A great few days away with Angela & Dave. We spent Friday night at Dave's wonderful farm near Nenthead in the North Pennines and then went up to the chalet by Loch Sunart, at Resipole Farm on Saturday. We took the Buccaneers, they took Dave's open boat. We were blessed with good weather for most of our stay. We could see Angela eyeing up the kayaks on Sunday, so Julie suggested she try her boat. Ange took to it like a duck to water! I think Angela's next purchase might just be a sea kayak! That's Angela in Julie's boat above. A deceptively calm-looking ( it wasn't!) Loch Sunart with the magnificent Beinn Resipol as a backdrop. We saw a number of common seal hauled out on rocks around Garbh Eilean. It never fails to surprise and delight me, no doubt every other sea paddler too, how seals will slide into the water and approach kayaks, seemingly out of curiosity. We spent several minutes playing with the seals before continuing our journey to "…