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Looking forward to your next photos Compo. They are stunning. It must be really beautiful up there but I'll bet it's a bugger in winter. B.

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Dunbeath to Latheron [See bottom for album link]

 

Here's a starter for ten..... Of weeds and walls:

 

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The rest of the album is here. If you can't see it I will post individual photos in small batches. Click on the first photo to open the bigger version and you will find captions to the right-hand side. Use forward arrows on right to move through album: 

 

A walk from Dunbeath to Latheron via the clifftops.

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Thanks a million Paul ! Again, brilliant pictures. Can I have your permission to use a couple on greetings cards ? Thanking you in anticipation. B

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Fabulous photos Compo, looks like you had a fantastic trek around the coast.  

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10 hours ago, Beekay said:

Thanks a million Paul ! Again, brilliant pictures. Can I have your permission to use a couple on greetings cards ? Thanking you in anticipation. B

 

Emailed you Beekay.

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Five years ago today. This is me looking back at the first of three tops on Scaraben, Caithness.  

 

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Approaching the main summit of Scaraben:

 

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Glen Feshie (Southern Cairngorms):

 

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Afternoon, 3rd July 2015. Dunnet beach north Caithness. Holidays will proceed as booked!

 

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Surfing in Caithness:

 

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Winter will soon be with us once again. This was my upper garden in January:

 

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A winter squall off Britain's most northerly mainland point, Dunnet Head:

 

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The sun shone yesterday morning so I took advantage of the rare fine day (Heavy rain and lightning later) and did a coastal walk from Beriedale to Dunbeath. The vegetation is now quite tall, so gaps in the clifftop path were difficult to spot and the chance of a plunge down 200+ft of cliff was never far away :blink: I took some photos, many of which I have deleted; the remainder will appear here, perhaps tomorrow. I use RAW format for my photos, so it takes a wee bitty of time to transpose them and edit for posting here. Meanhwile how's this for a lovely piece of treasure trove.... a huge 1½lb puffball fungus. I found it on the walk and have been enjoying puffball with each meal since!

 

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My bike ride this morning produced these two sightings. A Reed Bunting and a Yellowhammer. Sorry abotu the quality but they wouldn't keep still!

 

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Saturday morning dawned bright and clear so we took a walk along the Berriedale to Dunbeath clifftops.  The weather deteriorated as the morning wore on but we made it to Dunbeath before the thunderstorm broke. Here's a few pictures taken during the walk.

 

Berriedale to Dunbeath part1. Mostly wildflowers:

 

A John O'Groats traill marker:

 

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Wildflowers abounded along the walk:

 

A Spotted Heath Orchid:

 

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Foxgloves and grasses, all in flower. The grass pollen hung like a mist in the air:

 

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A Field Scabious:

 

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Berriedale to Dunbeath part 2. The scenery:

 

Berriedale from the north:

 

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An Dun:

 

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A sea arch:

 

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Close up of the arch:

 

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Same arch from the north:

 

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Yet another Caithness sea stack:

 

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A lonely house on the hill:

 

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Berriedale to Dunbeath part 3. Other stuff from the walk:

 

Part of the seabird colony on An Dun:

 

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Dotted around the 147miles of John O'Groats trail from Inverness to John O'Groats are walkers visitors books. They are contained in boxes like this:

 

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The hole in the drystone wall is known as a "Sheep Creep".

 

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The entrance to Dunbeath castle:

 

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Dunbeath harbour. the end of the walk:

 

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Brilliant stuff Compo, as usual ! Magnificent scenery.

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Berrriedale to Dunbeath extra:

 

You think you have found a lovely, shady litte stream to follow in a wooded gorge but just twenty paces from where I stood the stream tumbled over the cliff edge as a waterfall.

 

The stream:

 

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Twenty paces further along it becomes this:

 

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Good job you weren't talking and not looking, could have been nasty but I suspect all the walking you do you can expect the unexpected.

Fantastic photos you must love it there.

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Not so nice when yet another wind farm plan is announced. It is now very difficult to get a photo of the countryside without one in view.  There are 86 just offshore here - soon to be extended to 360!

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I'd still rather have unsightly wind farms than a bloody great nuclear power station with all their inherent risks. 

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Perhaps if you researched the actual risks involved with a nuclear power plant you would be surprised to learn just how small they. It's a fact, for an instance, that more radioactivity is emitted from Ratcliffes chimney than any leakage from a nuclear plant.

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15 hours ago, Deepdene Boy said:

I'd still rather have unsightly wind farms than a bloody great nuclear power station with all their inherent risks. 

 

 

We've had the Dounreay nuclear site up here since the 1950s and the only problems were caused by people not following the rules in the early days. Dounreay brought badly needed investment into a depopulating area and stabilised the county for the duration of the site. It is still the biggest employer in the area.  Windfarms on the other hand, have brought destruction of peat lands, deforestation and landscape devaluation. They provide big profits for a few, big bills for the many and practically no jobs after construction.  I'd rather take my chances with the nuclear site, as would many up here.

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5 hours ago, Deepdene Boy said:

Try telling the inhabitants of Chernobyl that.

 

Chernobyl is always quoted as proof of how dangerous nuclear power is. It was not due to any danger inherent in nuclear generation, it was the result of human error and  poor maintenance. Many more deaths have occurred in the mining industry. 

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