Monday, March 9, 2009

No Future.... Just The Future

This is my likely to be my last post on Blogger, for a while at least. For the foreseeable future my blog posts will be available via the link on the top right: or just click here

So why am I leaving Blogger?

Well, has been through some major changes in the last few weeks.

For one thing, I'm no longer building the site with Softpress Freeway Pro. Estimable package that it is, and much good stuff I've wrangled out of it, I haven't found it easy to keep the site updated on a regular basis with Freeway.

I tried instead RapidWeaver. Nice package, and great for blogging, but not currently possessed of a plug-in or other tool for the construction of photo galleries with e-commerce capacity. So it's not for me, not for now...

Next thing to come to my attention was the existence of a growing number of websites which allow publishing of full-blown websites, with e-commerce capability built-in, which are dedicated to the needs of photographers, and which don't involve purchasing any software, as the entire work of site-grinding is done online, in a web browser.
I tried out two of these: ClikPic and Photium.

ClikPic has some nice templates - I especially liked their "basic" styles, and offers 7-days free trial.
Photium also has nice templates, and offers 30-days free trail.

I read somewhere that ClikPic is less reliable/ more liable to outages, but I can't either confirm or counter this heresay, as 7 days free trial was just not enough for me to get far into working with ClikPic before it expired.

I read in a few places that Photium's support is speedy and extremely helpful and obliging - and on that I can offer my confirmation. So it wasn't just the extra 3 weeks free trial time that swung it for Photium here. It seems like an outfit worthy of support as it's dedicated to providing a top class service to photographers.

Coming back to the main point... Photium also allows users to publish something like a blog, but to integrate it fully within the main site.

You can see the new, Photium, incarnation of here, and follow my blog posts within it, here

Monday, November 3, 2008

Waxwings Come to 't William

Seen today around the Union Road/ Seaview Gardens area of Fort William, a sizeable posse of Waxwings, apparently fresh in from Scandinavia in pursuit of what the Redwings haven't yet gobbled up of our autumnal berry crop

Go here for pictures of Redwings in action in our garden, feasting on the berries from the Cotoneasters

Friday, October 24, 2008


We witnessed a large flock of Redwings in action in our garden today, feasting on the berries from the Cotoneasters:

(Apologies for the low grade picture quality: just my luck these birds arrived when I'd sent my best telephoto (EF70-300mm f4-5.6 IS) zoom back Canon for repair. As a result I only had an old Tamron 28-200mm lens to hand, and it is not sharp at the 200mm end. Ho hum...)

Saturday, June 7, 2008


Summer sunsets in Fort William can be stunning

Took this from the bedroom window at10.20pm last night

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

First Swallows Make A Summer

First swallows of 2008 seen here outside our kitchen window today

Monday, May 5, 2008


Just back from a few days on the Isle of Arran in the firth of Clyde. Sometimes called - usually by its tourist industry - "Scotland in Miniature" - Arran does present a kind of microcosm of the nation, topographically at least.
In the north it is mountainous, rugged and has a large and highy visible deer population and a distillery. The centre contains the area of most dense habitation around the capital Brodick, while the south is greener and more rolling and has views across the sea to Ireland. This might also make the village where we stayed - Lochranza, in the north west corner of the island - the analogue of Fort William, but I wouldn't want to make too much of that

The approach to Arran from Claonaig on Kintyre is spectacular from the outset

and Lochranza has a genuinely dramatic setting,

as well as a fine and relatively well-preserved castle

(seen here from the doorstep of our rental cottage)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Over the sea to Skye (Catch-up #1)*

It's not exactly a long way from Fort William, but it took old friends John & Jean to drag Ruth and I over there

We sailed from Mallaig to Armadale - here's a shot taken on the boat, looking north to the Glenelg hills

High point of the trip was a meal at the Three Chimneys in Colbost, way up in the north west of the island, but the constant dominating presence on Skye is the Cuillins

Last morning we went over to Neist Point, where a lighthouse perches on a peninsula looking out over the Minch to the Outer Hebrides.

Almost impossible to convey anything of the scale and grandeur of this part of Skye, but here's a couple more taken close to Neist Point
First: looking south along the coast

Second: this is Loch Mor at Waterstein on the road from Glendale to the Point

From under the very shadow of the Red Cuillins on the approach to Sligachan, a last look back to the snowy peaks of the Black Cuillin before we head for the bridge back to the mainland, and the drive home to Fort William

* I'm posting this stuff retrospectively - well retrospectively, so look back soon for more from Skye, plus later 2008 adventures on Arran, in France and Holland, Dorset, Edinburgh, and of course - around and about the Highlands