Nigel Cooke, aka monkeyleader, is an Irishman currently living in Cambridge who happens to be on holiday on Mull right now. He may just be one of the best real-time bloggers I’ve come across of late. He’s written an engaging entry in his blog about a quick return trip to Mull after a visit earlier in the year, which made him and partner Nicola fall in love with the place.
As he’s only just recounted on his blog (he’s writing this as it happens whilst on Mull… not like days of yore when you’d be lucky to get a picture on the telly!) “Highlights for us included a pair of Golden Eagles, a pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles, Buzzards, Hen Harriers, Osprey, Otters, Kestrel, Northern Gannet, Shags, Great Cormorant, Common Seals, Grey Heron, Curlew, Rock Dove, Rock Pipit, Hooded Crows, Ravens, Red Deer and a Little Grebe.”
Seems Nigel’s a bit of a polymath, not only having a rather good writing style but also some excellent photography skills to boot.
I am jealous 🙂
Derek Fogg, a landscape photographer based in North West England, runs the website British Landscapes. He’s recently added a new set of pictures called the “Isles of Mull and Iona” which contains some beautiful landscape images captured during his recent visit.
As Derek explains in his blog, he started out with about 600 images from all over Mull and Iona, but he’s now cut this down to 40, some of which are now live for others to appreciate.
These latest photos are part of his wider project to journey around the British Isles capturing landscapes. But, whilst he had some pretty challenging conditions during his stint on Mull, he’s managed to capture some really evocative and beatifully composed images.
You often see photographs from Mull which, perhaps inevitably, represent familiar subjects that crop up again and again. The three rotting fishing boats on the Salen coast road to Tobermory are pretty iconic with everyone who passes by with a camera. But Derek has managed to take those old hulls and place them in the context of their surroundings beautifully, with a backdrop that follows the line of the Sound of Mull northwards and thus gives a great sense of overall place.
Check out his other photos. It’s well worth the visit.
Here’s an interesting find. I hadn’t come across this Mull business before. But, thanks to a permanent Twitter search I have on the term ‘Isle of Mull’ up popped ellenbarone
tweeting about her recent day photographing with Sam Jones of Islandscape Photography.
Mull offers a wealth of fantastic subjects for any enthusiastic landscape or wildlife photographer. Half the problem is deciding what you want to focus your attention on when there are so many things competing for time and attention. That’s where the local knowledge of an island resident could be indispensible if your time is limited.
Islandscape Photography has a studio
located at Taigh Solais in Tobermory. Taigh Solais (meaning ‘the lighthouse’ in Gaelic) is on Tobermory’s recently developed waterfront and belongs to the Tobermory Harbour Association. We’ve got family connections with this building as a cousin played a role in it being built.
Anyway, if you’re a photographer with an interest in what Mull has to offer up in terms of great subject material, you ought to check out Islandscape Photography. Former legal eagle Sam has a wealth of useful information
on her site and suggestions on how to make a photographer’s visit to Mull a truly successful one.
Don’t forget to check out some of Sam’s own recent material on her blog. There are some excellent shots
of a day photographing the local RNLI boat in action.