Looking to Scarp Island and its Rocket Post

Scarp is a small now uninhabited island. It lies just 200m at low tide from Harris on the west coast, near Hushinish. On the path to a beach I bumped into a couple who told me the story of its postal service by the pioneering German rocketeer Gerhard Zucker.

Approach to Mheilen beach
Approach to Mheilen beach

 

From the cliff path
From the cliff path

 

Sunset on Mheilen beach
Sunset on Mheilen beach

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Duncansby Head Stacks

Duncansby Head stacks are on the most northerly point of the British mainland, a higher latitude than John’O’Groats. On this Summer’s day the mist was pouring from the land to the sea, unusually. Yet blue skies over the North Sea. Yet the stacks or pinnacles are so majestic and give a good sign of coastal erosion.

Duncansby Head Stacks with Thirle Door in the mist
Duncansby Head Stacks with Thirle Door in the mist

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Camusdarach beach shoreline

This beach is on Scotland’s north-west coastline and was the location for the wonderful movie Local Hero. On this visit the weather was dreich, as a gloomy low pressure system lingered all day. I love coastlines and can easily spend a whole day wandering along the beach and rocks because there is always something interesting to shoot. Texture, movement, colour and light. Long beaches can also aid dramatic compositions, unlike woodland.

 


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