Welcome to my blog. I’m Sheila, although some of you may know me from various discussion forums as swanscot/swan-scot.
I have a great passion for our countryside, especially here in the Highlands of Scotland. I am most at home in the hills, but also wander the glens by mountain bike and occasionally explore our lochs by kayak.
My wonderful husband, Neil is my chief walking, biking and camping partner. Many of the photos on this blog are his (he has such a nice model! ;-)) He tends to shoot the wide landscapes, while I’m often to be found lying on my belly photographing wee plants, mosses, lichens or insects. I spend many hours trying to identify all the flora and fauna I see, but there’s so much to learn!
ps My Profile Page photo is taken on Cul Mor in NW Sutherland. The full picture can be see here and shows the neighbouring hill of Stac Pollaidh.
A Man in Assynt
Glaciers, grinding West, gouged out
these valleys, rasping the brown sandstone,
and left, on the hard rock below — the
ruffled foreland —
this frieze of mountains, filed
on the blue air — Stac Polly,
Cul Beag, Cul Mor, Suilven,
Canisp — a frieze and
Who owns this landscape?
has owning anything to do with love?
For it and I have a love-affair, so nearly human
we even have quarrels. —
When I intrude too confidently
it rebuffs me with a wind like a hand
or puts in my way
a quaking bog or a loch
where no loch should be. Or I turn stonily
away, refusing to notice
the rouged rocks, the mascara
under a dripping ledge, even
the tossed, the stony limbs waiting.
(from A Man in Assynt – Norman McCaig)