5 Peak 500

5 Peak 500.

It is finally time to announce a new adventure challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support to honour my Dad who passed away in May 2012.

It’s been a couple of years since my last challenge due to new family, injury and work commitments and I’m so excited that it’s finally a go 🙂

Once again I am borrowing Dave Cornthwaite’s Ice TrikeTrikey”, this time I’m taking him on a 500 mile road trip round Scotland, also know as the NC500 and to make sure I nail some great views I will get of the trike and tackle 5 big peaks along the way.

Here’s the background story to why I am dedicating my holidays to raise money for a cancer charity.

Back in April 2012 while I was participating in Ulla Lohmann Expedition Photography workshop in South Tirol I got the sad news that my Dad was diagnosed with cancer and naturally I was devastated and worried so I quit the workshop and next morning Basti, Ulla’s husband, drove me to the airport so I could fly to Denmark.

The first prognosis was good and the doctors were positive, that they could get rid of the cancer, but at my visit the following month it became clear he was not coping well with the chemotherapy, Friday 18th May we were told he would probably not survive the weekend and the whole family gathered round the bed at the hospital to bid their farewell and my Mum moved into his hospital room.

The weekend passed without much change and during the following week it became clear that while he was very weak, he also had some fight left in him and was not ready to move on just yet.

At the end of the week it became very clear that his greatest wish was to go home and while that seemed to be an impossible task due to the hospital’s “red tape”, eventually in the evening of the 25th during the night, I helped carry a hospital bed into my parent’s living room and finally Saturday afternoon he came home and again the family was gathered for to visit but this time in his own home.

After a long hard night he was in a bad state but peaceful about being home.

Finally Sunday 27th in the afternoon he bid his farewell and passed on, I was glad his pain was over and that the family was there in those last precious moments.

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Dad at his 80th birthday

I will be sharing photos, video and blogs along the way using the hashtag #5peak500 as long as signal allows and I have set up a www.justgivingpage.com/5peak500 and I would appreciate all donations, big and small.

Feel free to share and THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE

Poul x

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The Fyrish Monument

Today I finally managed to take a wee jaunt up to the Fyrish Monument, it seem about time as I’ve been watching the Fyrish every time I drive past on the A9 and I’ve driven past at least twice a day on average! It’s an easy but steep climb up a straightforward woodland path that opens up to great views and with today’s changing weather I was hoping for some dramatic skies to photograph , while the weather didn’t let me down I was unsure how to spin new light on much photographed/painted monuments from 1782 but I will leave it up to you to judge my photos below!

As much as I enjoyed the monument I was quickly drawn to a small pond/bog at the summit by the loud buzzing of wings and I was not disappointed to find a large brown/yellow dragonfly laying eggs in the water  😀

If anyone can identify the dragonfly please let me know and as always I would love to hear any comments and questions from you.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 27 trips to carry that many people.

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Photo Friday: Warm Light

It’s been a long time wish for me to visit the Old Man of Storr and about a week ago I finally got the chance even though it was a race against the weather and dwindling daylight but we made it to the car park with about two hours of daylight left and I raced up the trail ahead of Stacie as she was walking rather slowly due to her back injury acting up and when I reached the old man the horizon was turning awful dark so I hardly took time to stop but pressed on past the old man and up onto an exposed rocky outcrop where it looked like I might get a better vantage point. When I reached the summit and I stretched up as far as I could while shooting, without warning the wind and the snow hit me hard and nearly blew me clean over the edge but I managed to throw myself down the slightly gentler angled slope and within 30 seconds the view was gone and I was engulfed in a total whiteout, thinking there was no point in waiting round for more photo opportunity’s I started half running, half sliding down the slope trying not to get lost but within 5-10min the storm had blown over and I got reunited with Stacie as she was coming up the last steep section of the trail, after playing around in the snow for a short while it was time to head back down and the sky looked like it was on fire.

View form the Old Man of Storr

View form the Old Man of Storr

To see all the other photo Friday entries (and submit your own) for ‘Warm Light’ click here.

And if you would like to see the rest of the photos from that day click here for my Facebook album or here for my Instagram album.

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The day the goats moved though.

So I live in a pretty rural area and seldom anything new happens around here except for one night last week. It was early evening, just about dinner time when the dogs started barking, they barked in a weird intense way so I went out to check it out and soon after a strangely unpleasant smell filled the air and a small herd of feral goats walked past the croft! They were just walking by, all cool and calm, talking no notice of the 8 Huskies barking their heads of just meters away.

Being a photographer my camera is always loaded and ready to go, I forgot all about the dinner I had in the oven, grabbed my camera and ran for my car, taking up pursuit of the goats. I followed them from the road a fair distance while snapping away and even managed to leap frog ahead and wait for them to pass but soon after they cut inland away from the road and while I did follow them on foot I soon realised that maybe I needed to get back to my car since I left it sitting on a single track road!

Here’s a small selection of goat images, if you like them please take a moment to visit my Facebook page to see the rest and other nice images 🙂

Feral Goats 01

Feral Goats 01

Feral Goats 02

Feral Goats 02

Feral Goats 03

Feral Goats 03

Feral Goats 04

Feral Goats 04

Feral Goats 05

Feral Goats 05

Feral Goats 06

Feral Goats 06

As always, feel free to comment or ask anything you like.

Love Poul

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Photo Friday: End of Day

After quite a long absence I’ve finally gotten round to posting a new post, the theme “End of Day” can sound quite dark and ominous but the first thing that came to mind for me was the awesome sunset I photographed recently. It was a totally unplanned shot, (as it often happens) I was driving along and saw the sun setting over Dornoch Firth with the most amazing colors so I pulled over and grabbed the camera, I hope you enjoy 🙂

Sunset Dornoch Firth

Sunset Dornoch Firth

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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