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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:12 am

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The front of the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe.

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Looking up Glencoe from the Clachaig.

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Castle Stalker, north of Oban--"Castle Aaaaaaa" in the final sequence of Holy Grail.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:18 am

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Islay at last. God be praised! (Sorry, still in Monty Python mode.) Bruichladdich on a sunny morning.

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The glorious view of Jura from Caol Ila's stillhouse.

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The Paps of Jura reflected in one of Caol Ila's stills.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:24 am

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The ferry across the Sound of Islay to Jura.

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Jura's stillhouse.

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Returning to Port Askaig. Is Bob doing the Chicken Dance, or the Macarena?
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:30 am

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The inside of Kilchoman's mash tun, as clean as if it had never been used. Oh yeah....

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Ron models Kilchoman's tiny still.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:34 am

Two shots of the evocative Kilnave Cross on the austere banks of Loch Gruinart.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:41 am

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Interior of Bowmore's famous round church.

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Beautiful downtown Bowmore, from up the hill. The town center, pier, and distillery are down the hill to the left.

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Bowmore at sunset.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:50 am

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Laphroaig's mill, a Boby. I read the name on the plaque--Robert Boby--and said to Bob, "Look, his name was Bobby Boby, Bobby!"

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A view of Ardbeg's waterfront warehouse...

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...and another.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:09 am

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Ardbeg still life.

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Kildalton Cross. Yes, this image has been PhotoShopped big time--the light was terrible, and the more I tried to fix the photo, the weirder it got. Call it "photographic art" rather than a photograph.

Interesting that Kildalton and Kilnave Crosses are of about the same vintage (ca. 800), but in radically different conditions. It is apparently down to the comparative hardness of the stones used.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:19 am

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On tour at Bruichladdich.

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Bruichladdich's Boby mill.


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Bruichladdich stills.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:26 am

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Bob fills his Valinch. I think it's the Hokey Pokey now.

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And Ron fills his.

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Spike is ready to pillage some malt, courtesy of PhotoShop. Gareth the guide, Bob, Mr Tattie Heid, Ron, Jim McEwan.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:32 am

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Spike gets his malt!

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Wine barrels awaiting the next ground-breaking finish.

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The lads on Bruichladdich pier.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:36 am

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The chalkboard outside An Tigh Seinnse proclaims it the best pub in Portnahaven. There can be no argument!

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The lads enjoying an afternoon pint at An Tigh Seinnse.

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The lads emerge, none the worse for the wear.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:44 am

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Along the back road from Portnahaven to Port Charlotte, via Kilchiaran. The Paps of Jura loom in the distance.

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On the cliffs on the Oa.

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Sunset on the beach at Kintra.

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Ferry mooring in Port Ellen.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:49 am

Kilmartin Glen is loaded with archeological treasures, such as...

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...burial cairns...

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...standing stones...

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...and cup-and-ring marked stones.

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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 3:55 am

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The George Hotel in Inveraray.

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Inveraray at dusk from the pier.
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:06 am

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The lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway, from the foghorn.

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End of the road.

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On my flight home, the entire North Atlantic was covered by cloud--except for Greenland, which stood out like a hairy chest in a disco shirt. The fabulous views I had piqued my interest for a visit to this remotest of links in the North Atlantic Arc.

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And thus endeth my Magnus Opium. When I started out posting a journal of my activities on this forum, I had no intention of getting this involved. And I have no intention of doing it again! I hope nonetheless that some of you enjoyed it.
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Postby Jeroen Kloppenburg » Tue Nov 22, 2005 9:16 am

Some really nice photography there TattieHeid :) Do I see some double layer with Dodge and Gaussian blur in most photo's? ;)

They work well though!

Inspirational :)
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Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:35 pm

Not most, but some. Gaussian blur comes courtesy of lo-res reproduction, for the most part! Most of these photos look a lot better at their original file size, but have been necessarily reduced for posting. A few I would not have posted had I known how they would look. I am not an expert by any means in the techniques of PhotoShop, and my results are not without flaws; I tend to overdo sharpening and color saturation, I know. But it's all for fun, just like the malts!
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Postby Jeroen Kloppenburg » Tue Nov 22, 2005 4:42 pm

They are sure nice tools to 'sexy up' any cool photo's. Again, good work, very inspirational. Now I want to make yet another trip to Scotland this year, haha!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Nov 25, 2005 6:31 pm

TH -
A fabulous account of a wonderful journey. Sure you won't publish a sequel next year?
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Postby Frodo » Sat Nov 26, 2005 6:58 am

Mr TH:

Heartstopping account and pictures. Long sighs and moments of wondering what it would be like.

Thank you!!!!
Inspirational!!!
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Postby Deactivated Member » Sat Nov 26, 2005 8:16 am

Crieftan wrote:TH -
A fabulous account of a wonderful journey. Sure you won't publish a sequel next year?


Well, I'll tell you what: it won't be here. If I ever get around to putting up a proper web page, I'll do it there, and let you know.

Thanks, Frodo. The great thing about a trip like this is that it lasts all year--five months planning and looking ahead, a month happening, and six months digesting and reminiscing. Well, I suppose the reminiscing lasts a lifetime; and truth to tell, I'm already thinking about next year's trip!
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