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Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« on: April 20, 2019, 08:37:44 pm »

Caraidh is Scottish Gaelic for "fishing weir" and you see them all around the shores of Skye at low tide, even though no one but me seems to notice them, or know anything much about their history. So after searching on-line for info on these particular Caraidh around Skye, some of which are several hundred yards long, all I have found so far, is that it is known that Native American Indians were also using a similar type of structure in the US from around 3,000BC. So maybe these could even be of a similar age to that or older, who knows?

Shot this a couple of nights ago when we went out for an evening walk and it had been one of those mucky, blue hazy types of day, you know the type, sort of flat and smoggy and not at all photogenic. But then at the last minute as the sun starting to go down, the sky sort of lit up in a weird sodium light type of coloured diffused glow, which I quickly realised after a couple of shots, meant I could shoot this particular Caraidh with a long exposure and with the sun still fully in the frame and not have to worry about lens flare.

Anyhoo, I hope you like it and sorry for the boring history lesson  ;)

Dave
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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2019, 09:47:23 pm »

Great stuff, Dave, both the history and the photography. It certainly makes the photograph more meaningful.

Here in Canada our West Coast Indigenous People built ‘clam gardens’ using beach rock, with some being dated approaching 3,500 years(CBC). Others are sure to be older as they form the basis of some of the founding stories of some of the people’s of that region.

And in Ontario, one of Canada’s oldest dated archaeological sites are the Indigenous fishing weirs, made of wood at ‘Mnjikaning Fish Weirs’ between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching at Orillia. One of the wooden staves, still in place underwater, was dated at 5,000 years old, others at 3,300 years.

All fascinating if you ask me!
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2019, 05:07:14 am »

Dave, there was something similar on the BBC this week here  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0004bnb/scotland-from-the-sky-series-2-coast

The colours at the end of a dreich day can often surprise.
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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2019, 05:24:59 am »

It is a lovely image.

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2019, 09:12:20 am »

+1, love the arcs in the stones and clouds
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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2019, 09:15:11 am »

Fine image Dave!
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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2019, 09:55:07 am »

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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2019, 10:15:55 am »

Superb. The muted colours make it a very fine image.

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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2019, 11:59:50 am »

Superb. The muted colours make it a very fine image.

Easter colours! Love the mountains.

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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2019, 01:07:27 pm »

Splendid! Simply splendid.

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« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2019, 02:46:46 pm »

+1 to all of the above, well composed, beautiful image by a receptive mind. You seem to be finely atuned to your environment.
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2019, 04:39:06 am »

Wonderful pastel light and colours.

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« Reply #12 on: April 22, 2019, 11:16:36 am »

Wow guys, I am blown away with your comments, which I am truly thankful for  :)

+1 to all of the above, well composed, beautiful image by a receptive mind. You seem to be finely atuned to your environment.

Thank you for your kind words and yes I do know this place quite well, in fact I must wander around this little bay at least a couple of times a month if not more and have done so for at least the last eight years, because I just love it down there.

Dave, there was something similar on the BBC this week here  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0004bnb/scotland-from-the-sky-series-2-coast

The colours at the end of a dreich day can often surprise.

Yes I saw that on TV and really enjoyed it - you may enjoy this old video of Skye and even though at the outset it tells you that you still have to pay to get over to Skye, the bridge tolls were lifted about 12 years ago, so now it is totally free to get here - Where Eagle Fly. Oh but be warned, some of the song lyrics are a little on the cheesy side for modern listeners I think  ;)

Best watched at full screen on your TV with a glass of wine  ;D

Great stuff, Dave, both the history and the photography. It certainly makes the photograph more meaningful.

Here in Canada our West Coast Indigenous People built ‘clam gardens’ using beach rock, with some being dated approaching 3,500 years(CBC). Others are sure to be older as they form the basis of some of the founding stories of some of the people’s of that region.

And in Ontario, one of Canada’s oldest dated archaeological sites are the Indigenous fishing weirs, made of wood at ‘Mnjikaning Fish Weirs’ between Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching at Orillia. One of the wooden staves, still in place underwater, was dated at 5,000 years old, others at 3,300 years.

All fascinating if you ask me!

Thanks for that Terry and as you say, fascinating indeed ;)

Thanks again people and my heartfelt appreciation.

Dave
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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2019, 11:27:46 am »

We have a B&B in Killin.  The majority of our guests are either coming from or heading to Skye.

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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2019, 11:15:02 am »

Absolutely gorgeous. And the history lesson is much appreciated, too.
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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2019, 05:50:01 am »

Absolutely gorgeous. And the history lesson is much appreciated, too.

Thanks Arlen, much appreciated  ;)

Dave
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« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2019, 02:00:09 pm »

air, earth, water and fire (the sun). Complete scenario so well composed and managed in tones and colours.
Thank you for sharing and all the best,
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« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2019, 04:57:44 pm »

air, earth, water and fire (the sun). Complete scenario so well composed and managed in tones and colours.
Thank you for sharing and all the best,
Sandro

Thanks Sandro  ;)

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Re: Caraidh (quite possibly ancient)
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2019, 06:51:30 am »

While most "long exposure" images I see share some kind of basic "similarities" this one seems special to me .
Not that I don't like the other too, don't get me wrong, but this one impressed me
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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2019, 01:44:58 pm »

Lovely, narrative and images.

JR
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