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Isle Of Luing. #Slate #Island #Photo www.henni.photo

Luing, one of the Scottish Slate Islands.

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

The Isle of Luing (pronounced Ling!) is well worth a visit if you are in that neck of the woods.  A short ferry ride from the Isle of Seil (which is itself only a 40 minute drive south from Oban).

Slate Beach, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
Slate Beach, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The slate beach is fascinating – a skimmer’s paradise!

Slate Beach, looking towards Seil Island. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
Slate Beach, looking towards Seil Island. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Slate Beach (Close Up). Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
Slate Beach (Close Up). Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The scenery more generally is quite striking.

Hard Rock, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
Hard Rock, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
The Gap In The Rocks. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
The Gap In The Rocks. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Floating Seaweed, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
Floating Seaweed, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Abandoned, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
Abandoned, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

We also found flowers growing in unusual places.

Wild Flowers and Stones. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
Wild Flowers and Stones. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Disused Slate Quarry, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
Disused Slate Quarry, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

And of course, where there are sheep shots to be had, Paul will take them.

To The West, With Sheep, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
To The West, With Sheep, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
To The West, With A Sheep, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky
To The West, With A Sheep, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

This shot makes Lynn look a bit like legendary wise woman sitting atop the slate.

Lynn on Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Luing #Slate #island #Beach #lynn #Rugged #Rock #Stone #Isle #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rocky
Lynn on Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

This might have been the view Lynn was contemplating from up there.

In The Cuan Sound, From Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #B&W #Black and White #BW #Mono #Monochrome #Isle #Of #Luing #Slate #Island #Sea #Cloud #Yacht #Sail #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #Isles #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
In The Cuan Sound, From Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Heading back to the ferry post, we spotted this rider and side-car.

Bike and Sidecar, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Slate #Island #Luing #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isles #Sea #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock
Bike and Sidecar, Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Two Yachts, Westwards from The Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni. #Scotland #Country #Nature #Landscape #Scottish #Argyll #Argyllshire #West #Coast #Isle #Luing #Slate #Rock #Geology #Island #Sea #Seaside #Seil #Rugged #Rocky #Yacht #Yachts
Two Yachts, Westwards from The Isle of Luing. Photo by and copyright of PaulHenni.

One last sight of Luing from back on Seil.

Isle of Luing from Isle of Seil. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni. #Scotland #UK #Scottish #B&W #Black and White #BW #Mono #Monochrome #Isle #Of #Luing #Slate #Island #Sea #Cloud #Gloom #Country #Nature #Landscape #West #Coast #Argyll #Argyllshire #Isles #Seaside #Rocky #Stones #Rock #Geology
Isle of Luing from Isle of Seil. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

 

Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.

henni.photo Prints and Etchings at 3 locations

Currently, our prints and etchings are on display at McDonald-Greene Jewellers in Bruntsfield,  at Dundas Street Framers and in the Art Collective at 139 Princes Street.  All work is for sale and ready to take away, but please feel free just to go and have a look and tell us what you think. Nothing beats seeing a print on the wall – you get a much better idea of it than on a screen.

henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Edinburgh Alphabet Exhibition at The CityArt Centre

Paul’s photo is still on display in this exhibition, which is free and runs until October. See this post for more details.

 

City Art Centre A to Z Exhibition, ‘On The Inside’, Vaseline Hair’ Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

If there are any other images you are interesting in buying as prints  – framed, mounted or rolled in a tube – that are not in the exhibitions please email us to let us know.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram, where we post regularly.

Hairy Pigs. #Mangalica #Pig #Easdale #Island #Photo www.henni.photo

Hairy Pigs on Easdale Island

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

Having summoned the ferry to take us from Easdale village to Easdale Island by pressing the bell, we thought we’d probably be back on the next scheduled one about half an hour later.  After all, it’s a small island and we had visited it previously.  We had not anticipated the lure of the woolly pig or the blonde Mangalica pig, according to Wikipedia.

We found a sign saying ‘Pigs’ and followed the direction in which it pointed.  We came across a sunken area with a couple of these lovely Mangalica snoozing away – this is the female.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland.  Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Once we got closer, we realised that there was a large litter of tiny piglets sprawled over the male pig – we later established they were about 2 weeks old.  They started to move around as we got closer.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

A close-up of one of the piglets straddling dad’s foot.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Clearly, it was tea-time so they all made for the mother and started suckling.  She did her best to sleep on.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

After a lot of wriggling, they managed to line up so they could all get in to feed.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Happy little piglets!

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Once fed, they all toddled off.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

And back to dad – perhaps he has more body heat but the challenge was for the whole litter to climb on top of him and find a secure perch.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

There were several false starts and not all climbing was elegant.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Some tried a double-decker approach to hold on.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Eventually, they managed to form a neat line although the one at the end didn’t look to secure and more wriggling, slipping and re-climbing followed.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Looking quite contented here.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

They look much more comfortable lying snuggled up next to their dad – well, apart from the one underneath but it looked happy enough.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The sow slept on presumably happy that the boar was looking after their little family.

Mangalica Piglets, Easdale Island, Scotland. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

If you want to visit the pigs, they are owned by the folk who run the Easdale B&B which looks like a very peaceful place to stay.

Finally, a short summary of what we have on show in Edinburgh at the moment.

henni.photo Prints and Etchings at 3 locations

Currently, our prints and etchings are on display at McDonald-Greene Jewellers in Bruntsfield,  at Dundas Street Framers and in the Art Collective at 139 Princes Street.  All work is for sale and ready to take away, but please feel free just to go and have a look and tell us what you think. Nothing beats seeing a print on the wall – you get a much better idea of it than on a screen.

henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ McDonald Greene jewellers, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ Dundas Street Framers. Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
henni.photo @ The Art Collective, Princes Street, Edinburgh. Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Edinburgh Alphabet Exhibition at The CityArt Centre

Paul’s photo is still on display in this exhibition, which is free and runs until October. See this post for more details.

City Art Centre A to Z Exhibition, ‘On The Inside’, Vaseline Hair’ Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

If there are any other images you are interesting in buying as prints  – framed, mounted or rolled in a tube – that are not in the exhibitions please email us to let us know.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram, where we post regularly.

More #West #Coast #Scotland #Argyll #Photo www.henni.photo .@LynnHenni

Another post from the West Coast.

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

On our long walk around Dunadd en route to the Crinan Canal, Paul couldn’t resist the view from this bridge crossing the River Add; whereas I prefered the bridge itself featuring my muse.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Shortly after the bridge, we happened on some sheep – mostly grazing on the hay bale but one seemed determined to see us off.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

No paseran!

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

They stopped eating, showed some mild interest in us in the way that sheep do, then drifted off.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

On the following day we walked from Crinan Harbour up the hill on the other side from the Crinan Basin.  The weather was changeable with a lowering sky over the harbour.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

As we climbed, blue skies emerged reflecting turquoise on the water.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

In the distance,  across Loch Crinan we could see Duntrune Castle .  One of Scotland’s many ghosts apparently haunts the castle in the form of a piper killed by defenders in 1615 after playing his bagpipes to warn attackers of the castle that they had been discovered.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

As we continued our walk, yet more changes in the weather – here with sunlight reflecting in the middleground while more typical west of Scotland weather lurks in the background.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

Taking this photo, Paul was definitely influenced by fellow Norwegian, artist Theodore Kittelsen, you can almost see trolls hiding among the trees.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

On our way back from our walk, we stopped at the Crinan Basin for coffee and meringue where we saw the puffer, VIC 32, built in 1943 and reminiscent of the famous Vital Spark.  Clyde Puffers developed from coracles with subsequent influences  from Viking longships and, later, gabbart barges before becoming steam-powered and finally incorporating a wheelhouse.

During the war when there was an urgent need for sea-going victualling or food supply ships,  the Clyde Puffer design provided the ideal  craft.  However, the Clyde ship yards were somewhat busy at this time and the Admiralty had to look elsewhere to fulfil orders so the VIC 32 was one of the puffers built by Dunston’s of Thorne, Yorkshire.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

The VIC 32 is one of the last few coal-fired steam-powered puffers left and it is still possible to cruise round the Scottish islands on her – trips can be booked via website http://savethepuffer.co.uk/

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

On our way home from Tarbert, driving from Portavadie to Dunoon, we stopped at one of the laybys to check out the view down Loch Riddon towards Stuck, Glaic, Knockdow and Toward.  Scottish placenames are wonderful!

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

Getting a bit closer, you can see the Colintraive to Rhubodach ferry in this shot.  Before the ferry was built, cattle were swum across from the island to be sold in lowland markets.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

After that, it was off to the ferry and the drive home to Edinburgh.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

History, Prehistory and Precipitation #Scotland #Photo www.henni.photo .@LynnHenni

History, Prehistory and Precipitation

Post by Lynn and Paul Henni

Easter weekend in Tarbert was a wild affair weather-wise with rain followed by mist followed by sun with a stunning rainbow appearing in the middle of it all.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

 

Tarbert, the Gaelic for an isthmus or a place over which a boat can be dragged (there are a few places with similar names in the west of Scotland) is a lovely wee harbour setting popular with sailors, especially during the Scottish Series Yacht Race which takes place around the end of May each year.  It’s also well known for its annual seafood festival; Tarbert prawns and locally caught scallops feature on most menus in town.

Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.

There is also a lot of history in the area – nearby is Dunadd Hill Fort.  The site first occupied in the Iron Age, was later used by Gaelic kings of Dál Riata  in the 6th to 9th century.  The Dál Riata tribes subsequently merged with the Picts leading to the establishing of the kingdom of Alba.  The site is open to visitors and has some interesting carvings including a boar and 2 human footprints thought to be used in ceremonies to inaugurate new kings. The setting is dramatic, with the hill rising above the Mòine Mhòr, Gaelic for the Great Moss, a huge flat area of marshy land around the Crinan Canal.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The Kilmartin Glen has the highest concentration of prehistoric monuments and historical sites in Scotland.  On our wet walk to Dunadd, we found a couple of impressive standing stones in an otherwise unremarkable field.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.

The canal is also a favourite with yachtsfolk who want to cross from one side of the peninsula to the other – it provides a short cut from  the Sound of Jura at Crinan to Ardrishaig on Loch Gilp.  Having battled the rain and wind, we were lucky enough to spot this rainbow hovering over the yachts moored on at the Bellanoch Marina on the Canal.

Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Lynn Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.
Photo by and copyright of Paul Henni.