Probably the best known edifice in Rome, instantly recognizable and photographed thousands of times every hour by the millions who visit this every year. Construction of this amphitheater was begun in 72AD under the reign of Emperor Vespasian and finished in 80AD under Emperor Titus.
Off the west coast of Scotland Arran, in the Firth of Clyde is Scotlands 6th largest island. Accessible by a regular ferry service from Saltcoats, the island is divided into highland and lowland areas and has been described as a “geologist’s paradise” (Source: Wikipedia).
Arran is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and the seventh largest in Scotland. The King’s Caves are a series of natural caves on the western shores of Arran and are associated with Robert the Bruce of Scotland. Legend has it that he took refuge in these caves while on the run and had his famous encounter with the spider. For more on this legend see here.
The following photograph was taken on a hike to the King’s caves and shows the Doon in the distance. The Doon is a geological formation known as sill – which is formed when magma extrudes through older rocks and solidifies. The Doon seen in this picture is formed of sheer vertical columns of rock.
Nikon D750, Nikon 28-300mm lens, 3-shot bracketed HDR processed in Photomatix Pro.
The Machrie Moor stone circles are a collection of 6 stone circles that date back to the neolithic and bronze age in the island of Arran in Scotland. A short walk (1 mile) through a footpath through a working farm gets you to the moor where these stone circles can be found. The photos below are of Machrie Moor stone circle 1, which is formed of 6 granite boulders and alternating 4 sandstone slabs.
The scenery around the moor is breathtaking and it was one of the high points of my visit to Arran.
Shot with a Nikon D750 with a 28-300 Nikon Lens. All photographs are from 3-bracketed exposures and processed in Photomatix Pro.
There is this standing stone in the Cashel Forest in Scotland with the words “and tomorrow the sun will shine again” referencing the songs by Richard Strauss and John Henry Mackay (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgen!?wprov=sfti1).
Nikon D750, Nikon 28-300mm lens, 28mm, f/4,5, ISO200, 1/640.
I happened to be in California the last two weeks on work related business. Over the weekend my cousin drove me down the scenic pacific coast on the scenic Route 101 from San Francisco to the Big Sur and back. Sadly the day was overcast but we managed to take in some pretty sights along the way, including the famous McWay Falls in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Sadly in the absence of a wide-angle lens, I had to resort to taking overlapping photos with my 50mm and then stitching them in Adobe Lightroom.
Here is another close-up of the McWay Falls, this time in HDR.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step – Lao Tzu