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Kajsa-Tuva Henriksson

Staying in Ostersund, Sweden for a week. Looking forward to Susi and Andreas’ wedding celebration.

Above the first floor flat we are in is a working artist’s studio : Kajsa-Tuva Henriksson.

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Nice lady, willing to let me capture some images.

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Lots of potential images in a working artist’s studio.

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27 Jun 2013

Taming the Bone Crusher

Taming the Bone Crusher

Andreas Winberg

Jamtli

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25 Jun 2013

Seeking Balance …

 

Susi & Andreas Winberg

Jamtli

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25 Jun 2013

STORSJOHYTTAN

STORSJOHYTTAN

ECONOMUSEE ~ NORTHERN EUROPE

Ostersund, Sweden

The Economusee concept originated in Quebec, Canada. It is a network of successful businesses featuring traditional crafts within rural settings. The mission of Economusee is to promote and keep alive traditional crafts and knowledge, while ensuring economic growth within rural communities. Skills, knowledge and quality are key to being selected to Economusee. The Economusee network stretches from Vancouver Island in the west to Jamtland  in the east.

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Storsjohyttan was founded in the Fall of 1995; the first studio glass-works in Jamtland, Sweden. It was conceived, owned and run by three bold and intense women. Women who were bold enough to put their passion for their art and craft to practical use in a part of Sweden without any glass-making tradition.

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Nilla Eneroth, Ulla Gustafsson, and Anna Lena Kauppi met at the Orrefors School of glass-making . Together they conceived the idea of a glass-works of their own. In the electricity authority’s former premises besides the marina in Ostersund, they built a fully equipped modern glass-works from scratch.

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This particular day Ulla and Anna Lena were the women at work. The project/product was a series run of whiskey glasses. The piece entailed a number of two person steps, both women could and would do all the various production stages. Merchandising and marketing of the product vies for their time with design and creation getting their attention as well.

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Storsjohyttan is located in the harbor area of Lake Storsjon in Ostersund, just a few blocks from the small city’s city centre where you will find boutiques, restaurants and hotels. A large town square and a many-blocks-long pedestrian-only shopping area is featured as well. Ostersund is the only city in the county of Jamtland. The Jamtland region is well known for it’s beautiful natural setting: countryside, wilderness, great lakes and high mountains.

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25 Jun 2013

Lismore Light

Lismore Light

Cal-Mac Ferry

Craignure-Oban Passage

Lismore Isle is reputed to have been an early Christian monastery.

The Lismore Light is my photo op of choice coming and going to the Isle of Mull.

This sequence aptly demonstrates the ever-changing sky and light in the

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The Hebridean ‘light’ on the Lismore Light never fails to produce an image or two that please me.

23 Jun 2013

Loch na Kael

Loch na Kael

Islandscape Photography Workshop

Isle of Mull

Late in the workshop day: Queen Anne’s Lace (?), Loch na Kael and the Ben More hills beyond; a changeable sky with some light.

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Thank you Sam; good energy and good motivation..

23 Jun 2013

Dervaig Stones

Dervaig Stones

Islandscape Photography Workshop

Isle of Mull

A gray dampish morning, the clouds were low and the midges found Sam shortly.

The Dervaig Stones are located in the hills above the village of Dervaig a short walk off of the single track. Three stones in total, two standing and one fallen. A very green space: rich with lots of different hues of the one color.

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Very quickly answered the question that had been waiting.

Get close and low, even if it means some discomfort and wallowing.

And always use the tripod

23 Jun 2013

Incident on Iona

A long and circuitous single-track drive from Ulva Ferry to Fionnphort, a pedestrian ferry ride across to Iona. All of this done early enough to get the first ferry, ahead of the weekend tourists and pilgrims on Iona. Iona is a tiny island off the southwest coast of Mull in the Inner Hebrides.  It is only 1.5 miles wide by 3 miles long, with a population of around 120 permanent residents. The island is an official Historic Scotland site.

According to Historic Scotland: The Isle of Iona, 563 AD, enter Columba:  A prince from an Irish noble family, in his youth Columba became a priest and a missionary monk, founding a number of monastic houses in Ireland before a tribal feud forced him into exile. In 563, he and twelve companions arrived by coracle on Iona, at that time part of a colony on mainland Britain occupied by fellow Scots from his part of Ireland.

For the next 34 years, Columba and his monks, from their base on Iona, pursued an active missionary outreach, of what has come to be known as Celtic Christianity, throughout the Western Isle and up into the north eastern parts of what is now Scotland. Their wooden and wattle settlement on Iona, large parts of whose boundary vallum, or earth wall and ditch, can still be seen today, came to be known through the area as a centre of learning, healing, and hospitality. Their missionary method was to go out in small groups, set up their huts in the midst of their pagan neighbors (Columba called them “colonies of heaven”), and seek to attract people to the Gospel by their way of life, their care for all, and the preaching and practice of their faith.

The word on St Columba from a different but solid, maybe a more pagan source, straight off the back label of a bottle of the Red Monk of Iona, an amber ale, by the local brewery, Isle of Mull Brewing Company: St Columba (Colum Cille in Gaelic), born of royal blood in 521 AD in Ireland, was the grandson of the Irish King Niall. He left Ireland for Scotland not as missionary but as an act of self-imposed penance for a bloody mess he had caused at home. He had upset the king of Ireland which led to a pitched battle in which Columba’s warrior family prevailed. Full of remorse for his actions and the deaths he had ultimately caused he fled, finally setting on Iona as the first place he found where he couldn’t see his native Ireland.

In the Homilies of Cambra three levels of martyrdom were held forth for Irish monks. The final level is red martyrdom, in which the monk becomes a missionary going into the world, ready to suffer persecution and death.

Either way, back to present day Iona, the Historic Scotland site: As the few of us on this early AM first-of-the-day ferry arrive and disembark at the ferry slip we notice a kiosk and group of folks being addressed by a tall gent in a brownish uniform type outfit. My immediate frame of reference is the National Parks in the States. Historic Scotland sites as National Parks. Makes sense, made sense to me. Being interested in learning in general and history in particular we insert ourselves into this group to hear this gentleman’s presentation. He is interesting, presents well and knows his Iona and St Columba history.

This is great. How serendipitous. A young lady in a blueish uniform type outfit then taps me on the shoulder and beckons. She states that this is a private party. Rather taken aback, both dumbfounded and sheepish, my only reply is a question. “So we are not welcome?” She drops her eyes but nods her head yes. I am looking around and realizing that everyone in the group has some sort of Noble Caledonia ID, be it a hat, bag or the like. My wife and I step to the side to confer and share thoughts. We decide to continue through the gated stone wall into the ancient site. There is really no other way to proceed. The Noble Caledonia group has proceeded this way as well. They are in, we are out. In order to be on our ‘separate’ way we must walk through or around the group which has stopped and is being addressed again by the ranger-type gentleman. I find my way forward blocked by a large gentleman, a member of the Noble Caledonia travelers’ group. He is standing in the gateway at the stone wall. I ask to be excused and pass through. He denies my request at which point I am flabbergasted to realize that he is purposely and pointedly blocking my way and access. I promise not to listen in an almost astounded and half jesting manner. His reply as he steps aside is, “Ah … but you are.”

We proceed through and around the Noble Caledonia group doing our best ‘not to listen’. On the fringes of the group is the young woman who spoke to me initially. I motioned to the recent scene at the gate, telling her that this was not aimed at her but that this was the first time we had been treated rudely, poorly since we had been in Scotland. She allowed me to vent saying nothing but dropping her eyes, maybe in acknowledgement, certainly in discomfort.

I am wondering how a public place, an Historic Scotland site, can so easily be privatized and the public secluded, excluded?

At this site of early Scottish Christianity, a hallowed place that attracts pilgrims; I found myself being treated in an unChristian-like manner and to make matters worse having unChristian-like thoughts and feelings towards another.

Much after the fact, too much, I realize that there is a humorous story here somewhere.

I also realize that I have work to do as well. Apparently forgiveness does not come easily or quickly any more.

 

17 Jun 2013

Iona, the Stone Circle at Loch Buie & a Wee Warning

Iona, St. Columba and the Early Christian Church in Scotland

Pre-Historical Standing Stones & Stone Circle at Loch Buie

A long day trip, a quick pedestrian ferry ride, different geology, ruins and a ruined experience. At some point there will be a funny story to tell out of the Iona experience. Still too raw.

The second half of the day trip, a Rhododendron forest, different geology and different presentation from Mull, ‘druidic’ stones in  circles and speeding through the village of Craignure.

Bless my yank accent, the local constables and my ‘being on holiday’!!

‘Just a wee warning’

One Full Day

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Beach at North End of Iona

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The word on St Columba from a solid source, straight off the back label of a bottle of the Red Monk of Iona, an amber ale, by the local brewery, Isle of Mull Brewing Company.

St Columba (Colum Cille in Gaelic), born of royal blood in 521 AD in Ireland, was the grandson of the Irish King Niall. He left Ireland for Scotland not as missionary but as an act of self-imposed penance for a bloody mess he had caused at home. He had upset the king of Ireland which led to a pitched battle in which Columba’s warrior family prevailed. Full of remorse for his actions and the deaths he had ultimately caused he fled, finally setting on Iona as the first place he found where he couldn’t see his native Ireland.

In the Homilies of Cambra three levels of martyrdom were held forth for Irish monks. The final level is red martyrdom, in which the monk becomes a missionary going into the world, ready to suffer persecution and death.

There you have it!

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Standing Stone at Loch Buie.
An Outlier From the Stone Circle.
Rhododendron Forest and Ben Buie in the Background

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Partial Pic of the Stone Circle.
Ben Buie and the Rhododendrons.
Excluding the Tourists.
😉

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Remainder of the Stone Circle.
Again Excluding the Tourists.
Note another Outlier, Low and to the Right

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Nice Atmospherics

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Rhododendron Forest For Miles on the Single Track Outside of the Village of Loch Buie

17 Jun 2013

Clearance Clachan ~ Bruach Mhor

Sheep fank and cleared clachan of Bruach Mhor above Laggan Bay and Lagganulva and across the bay from the Isle of Ulva.

Rained briefly on the way up, enough to stop and put the camera away.

Wondered about the weather briefly, wondered about my back briefly.

They both held up over time.

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Farm of Bert & Chris Leitch at Lagganulva.
Laggan Bay and the Isle of Ulva across the way.
The Gribun Headlands beyond.

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Sheep fank at cleared clachan of Bruach Mhor above Lagganulva.

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Sheep fank and dwelling wall-foundation in foreground.
One of seven or eight cleared dwellings in the immediate walkable area.
Bruach Mhor

 

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Sheep fank detail – rounded corner.

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Sheep fank detail – lintel.

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Cleared dwelling wall-foundation further out along the track.
Bruach Mhor

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Heading down the track.
Gribun Headlands beyond.

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Down the track.

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Loch Tuath and the Mull Coastline

Excellent Article – Ulva Ferry Past and Present

Ulva Ferry and the community’s struggle for their primary school.

More Ulva History – A Bit Thicker and Not As Accessible

Clan MacQuarrie:  A History, by R. W. Munro and Alan Macquarrie

Bruach Mhor Citing

As Always Your Commentary and Critique Is Appreciated.

15 Jun 2013

Lagganulva Heron

Heron Sequence

Laggan Bay

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Argyll and Bute

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While the rest watched and waited for Golden Eagles well out of my lens’ range …

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Lagganulva

14 Jun 2013

Moods of Mull

Today was a day that saw all four seasons make their appearance at one time or another.

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Tomorrow late in the day wet weather, early in the day a climb above Burt’s farm to a clearance village.

13 Jun 2013

Gray Day ~ Monochrome Day

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AM : Mull in Foreground, Loch Tuath, Ulva, Gometra and Lunga

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PM : Same Day Similar Perspective Sunset

12 Jun 2013

Kilbrennan Farm at Ulva Ferry ~ Isle of Mull

 Kilbrennan Farm

Ulva Ferry, the Isle of Mull

Hospitality and Graciousness, Courtesy of  Anna and Michael Hogan

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A friendly visit three years back and a round about home swap this year brought us to Anna and Mike Hogan’s gate.

As hosts Anna and Mike have truly extended themselves, becoming friends.

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Red Deer

History of Kilbrennan Farm

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Gaelic Place Names: Cill Becoming Kil

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Loch Tuath leading to Loch na Kael and the sole munro on Mull, Ben Mor.

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11 Jun 2013

Dun Ara and the Standing Stones of Glengorm

The last of the recent run of sunny clear weather on the Isle of Mull found us walking (not hiking as we are doing this in Scotland) to Dun Ara and the Standing Stones on the grounds of Glengorm  Castle & Estate.

Dun Ara in the mid-ground to the right with the shore and headlands beyond

Dun Ara in the mid-ground to the right with the shore and headlands beyond. Note the vertical circular outcroppings common to the coastline of northern Mull.

Dun Ara appears to be an ancient fort/castle of the MacKinnon Clan (with McKinney being a possible sept of MacKinnon).

Dun Ara from the rocky shoreline. Tourists on top and in foreground.  ;-)

Dun Ara from the rocky shoreline. Tourists on top and in foreground. 😉

Archaeological Notes

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** Slide Show Re-Creation by Colin M. MacKinnon **

Dun Ara beyond.

Dun Ara beyond.

The return trip took us to the site of the Glengorm Standing Stones.

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Archaeological Notes

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Pre-History

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The Lime Cheese Cake in a puddle of sweet cream at the end was a nice touch.

The Scottish lassies that waited on us were the height of hospitality and good humor.

11 Jun 2013

Broch ~ Dun nan Gall

Isle of Mull at Ballygown

Broch ~ Dun nan Gall

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Dun nan Gall remains on Loch Tuath near present day Ballygown settlement

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“The skills employed in building … brochs is considerable: to construct a building” of some height “without the use of mortar, demands a good deal of practical engineering experience. The Iron age solution to erecting a high defensive wall was to construct it as an H-frame: the wall being built as two concentric rings, tied across all the way up with stone beams or lintels – the whole in effect, being a thick-built and strongly jointed scaffolding. Unlike scaffolding, however, the outer wall was given a slight batter or slope inwards and the platform went up inside it in a spiral.”

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Dun nan Gall with burn and Loch Tuath beyond – note the dry laid and fitted stone wall with stones that supported the timber floor jutting out from the bottom of the stone wall

” … at Dun nan Gall, the gallery, at least at ground floor level would have been wide enough to walk around and there is the remains of a staircase going up within the wall.”

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Dry masoned doorway – Dun nan Gall

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Dun nan Gall with burn in foreground and Loch Tuath and the Isle of Ulva beyond

Dun nan Gall is built on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Tuath and is clearly visible from the road from Kilninian to Ulva Ferry just as the houses at Ballygown are reached.”

“… it had a scarcement or timber floor and the stones that supported the floor may be seen jutting out from the inside wall of the broch. “

“… the entrance could be barred across and there is a deep channel, square in section, on one side of the door where the bar was lodged and a shallower hole on the other side into which the bar fitted.”

Jean Whittaker, Mull Monuments and History, 2004, Brown and Whittaker, Tobermory PA75 6P

pp12 – 13

9 Jun 2013

Lip na Cloiche Garden and Nursery

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Lip na Cloiche Garden and Nursery

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Lucy’s Place to the Locals

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Beautiful, Calming and Serene

All the Colors of the Spectrum

Quiet But For the Sounds of Nature

Do Sit At the Top of the Climb

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The Macro Work Can Be Tedious and Time Consuming

8 Jun 2013

In the Land of the ‘McK’s’

Norman’s Ruh at Torloisk on Loch Tuath above Loch na Kael, the Isle of Mull.

Norman’s Ruh, a converted crofter’s cottage, very nice. Wonderful setting.

I believe Torloisk is the name of the estate or large land holding. It appears to be a large commercialized agricultural landholding, with lots of rented properties, farm and homes alike.

Loch na Kael is Gaelic for Loch of the Kyle or Narrows.

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Loch Tuath leading to Loch na Kael and the Munro and extinct volcano of Ben More

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The local telephone book on Mull is all of nine pages in length. Fully three of those pages contain surnames beginning with ‘Mc’ or ‘McK’.

This McKinney, ‘son of Kenneth MacAlpin’ (Gaelic ~ Coinneach mac Ailpein),  feels at ‘home’.

7 Jun 2013

Scotland : Oban-Craignure Ferry to Isle of Mull

Two days of hard travel to the Inner Hebrides of Scotland : The Isle of Mull

Kudos to Louis at the late-night, wee-hour-of-the-morning Glasgow Airport Enterprise car rental desk.

You rock, my friend!!

Driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the car, and to make matters worse on the ‘wrong’ side of tight and windy two-way loch-lined roads from Glasgow to the ferry at Oban, was the most stressful part of the venture.

The English language off the Scottish tongue is soft and lilting to my ear.

My wife has to ask for it to be repeated more often than not. She is truly in a foreign country.

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Leaving Oban

Beautiful weather on the CalMac ferry from Oban to Crignure.

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Lismore Light mid-crossing Oban-Craignure ferry

Single-track roads from Salen to Norman’s Ruh at Torloisk on Mull.

We have arrived!!

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Link to 2012 (?) Mull Visit Images

6 Jun 2013