2007 started with a trip to Jamaica, yes I know that is not part of the British Isles and no I did not go in the motorhome. Although it isn’t really part of my photographic journey I had to mention it as it was such a memorable journey for a family wedding.
My first real photographic trip of the year was to Cornwall in April basing myself on the North Cornwall coast near to Hayle. Like the early visit to Scotland, the year before the weather was not brilliant and very few good photo opportunities arose so a return visit is long overdue. Time was spent along the North coast down to Land’s End and along the south coast around the Lizard Peninsula as far as the Helford River. Not having been to Cornwall for many years prior to this visit, on reflection I do not feel that I made the best of the opportunities of the trip and certainly there are many locations which I should have visited including Godrevy, which for some reason did not come into my thoughts even though it was only up the coast from my base. The few images from the trip can be seen in the Cornwall gallery.
Shortly before my Cornwall trip, somewhat unexpectedly, the opportunity to take early retirement arose which led to finishing work in late July. I did not make any further photo trips until September when I spent a week in South Wales on the beautiful Gower and the Pembrokeshire coast near St. David’s.
In October I returned to Scotland for a week this time basing myself at Onich about 15 miles south of Fort William. It was on this trip that I made an attempt to reach the tip of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula but as the road in places goes down to single track and with the size of the motorhome and heavy goods vehicles coming the other way I did not make it and turned back at Glenborrowdale.
During this trip I took the opportunity to twice drive around Loch Leven via Kinlochleven as I was sure that there would be an opportunity for a good sunset down the loch and although I did capture one such image the highlight of the trip was when I was back on the main road that runs parallel with the loch. Although the image is not a sunset it was taken at dusk looking up the loch to the Pap of Glencoe. This image has proved to be one of the most popular images of my portfolio.
I can’t end my review of 2007 without mentioning the second life-changing event of the year in that shortly after returning from this trip I suffered a heart attack which kept me hospitalised for three weeks. Thankfully recovered. So much for early retirement.
Roll on 2008 when hopefully I will have even more time to continue with my journey around the British Isles.