The alternative view

          If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know about my liking for the “alternative view” very often where people have stood with their back against a wall to photograph the view, I’ve been facing in the opposite direction. 

          In “Stones” in Weymouth my camera was picking out a pebble in the sand (albeit a carefully placed one) instead of the crashing waves.  Again in “Laxey” on the Isle of Man, the view from the top of the wheel was breathtaking, but my favourite picture was that of the wet copper coloured walls in the mine below.

          After “Going up” Snowdon via the “Pyg track“, the picture which sticks in my mind is that of a wall near the bottom when we were “Comming down” via the Llanberis path.  It amazes me how simple they look to build, and how much work must go into them to make them look so simple.

          Since the weather here today is depressing I thought I’d dig around in the files again for today and a few more alternative views raised a couple of smiles …

          This one from Douglas in the Isle of Man was just around the corner from out B&B so we passed it most mornings on the way out …

          On the Snowdon trip, Hubby laughed as I turned away from a view hundreds of people had looked at before me to photograph the tiny heather flowers (and one little blue one spotted later in the photo), incidentally the only flowers I’d seen on Snowdon all day …

          On a trip to Llanberis we took a walk around one of the lakes because the weather wasn’t good enough to try Snowdon.  I took this picture of a slate wall and used it as my desktop picture for ages.  Slate is one of my favourites stones, I still carry one of the pieces I picked up on this walk in my coat pocket for “worrying”.

          And Portland Stone is famous throughout the world, I just liked the colour of this whitish grey stone wall and the way it was apparently thrown together …

Something for everyone

          I’ve recently had reason to move my Isle of Man pictures for safe-keeping so I thought I’d show you a few more.  These are all of Peel, which as you can see from the first photo has something for everyone.  A sandy beach, a harbour, a secret cove and a castle. My camera really earned it’s keep on the day we visited Peel.

170-peel-waters          The old ruins of the castle still stand proudly to the front of Peel, protecting it from the invading tides and seagulls.

148-peel-castle          The quiet cove, hidden by the castle from the storms provides a quiet, calm escape on a busy summers day.

169-peel-castle-cove          The harbour; well what can I say, see for yourself.


149-peel-harbour          And of course, the beach.  As I said, something for everyone.

178-peel-beach           More from before : pictures and posts about our holiday in the “Isle of Man” in July 2009.

Port St. Mary

          Another photo from Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man.  I took four or five shots of this yacht coming in and finally settled on this one.  I had to almost lie down in these orange flowers to get the angle I have here.

          We had spent a few hours wandering around this pretty little harbour and had stopped for a bite to eat and some liquid refreshment in one of the older establishments.

          The yachts had been forced to wait outside for the tide to allow them entrance and I had taken an earlier photo of them through the “lobster pots” on the wall of the jetty you can see here.  Eventually the tide arrived and they filed into the safety of the harbour.

           More from before : pictures and posts about our holiday in the “Isle of Man” in July 2009.