For France

The photographs are of landscapes and birds in beautiful Scotland where I traveled in July of this year with my husband, Harry.

May they bring to you a semblance of peace and continuity.

 

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross

Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Wester Ross

 

West Mainland of Orkney near Scara Brae, a neolithic village where most monuments date between 4000 and 5000 years.

The view from the West Mainland of Orkney near Scara Brae, a neolithic village where most monuments date between 4000 and 5000 years.

 

River descending to the sea in Wester Ross.

River descending to the sea in Wester Ross.

 

Isolated highland farm.

Isolated farm on highland loch.

 

Nature reserve on West Mainland, Orkney.

Nature reserve on West Mainland, Orkney.

 

Grey Heron and Oystercatcher, Mull

Grey Heron and Oystercatcher, Mull

 

Ancient ruin on western coast.

Ancient ruin on the Isle of Iona, just across from Mull.

 

Isolated farm on loch near Ullapool.

Isolated farm on loch near Ullapool.

 

Thrush under black current bush, Inverewe Garden

Thrush under black current bush, Inverewe Garden. Note black current in right corner, about to be eaten.

 

Abbey of the island of Iona whose origins go back to the sixth century. Attacked by Vikings who massacred everyone in 803; rebuilt and expanded various times after various attacks. A major renovation occurred in 1908-1910 and continues even today.

Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona, just off the Isle of Mull. Its origins trace to St. Columba and go back to the sixth century when it was the foundation of a monastic community and nunnery. Attacked by Vikings who massacred everyone in 806; it was rebuilt and expanded various times after attacks. Iona Abbey is home today to an ecumenical Christian religious order, and remains a popular site of Christian pilgrimage.

 

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