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Ardvreck Castle

Ardvreck Castle by Karen Gadient, 2018

Time for a few more photos from our Scotland trip in May/June…

On our way from Ullapool to Durness, we spent time exploring the area near Ardvreck Castle, which was built in the 16th century by the Macleods of Assynt. It’s really what’s left of a larger fortress and mostly part of a defensive wall.

Calda House by David Gadient, 2018

This nearby structure is called the Calda House, built in the early 1700s (possibly with stone taken from the castle) by the MacKenzies when they felt that living at the castle wasn’t to their liking.

Loch Assynt by David Gadient, 2018

Loch Assynt, from the castle ruins.

Loch Assynt by Karen Gadient, 2018

Another view of Loch Assynt. Although it was a somewhat drizzly and cloudy day, it was a wonderful place to walk around.


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More Scotland Photos

Scotland by Karen Gadient, 2018

Still going through our photos―most are David’s, some are mine―from our long trip in Scotland and I’m only at the start of our Northwest Highlands journey. So, here are a few from near or within Shieldaig and Ullapool. The first three photos, I believe (allergies starting kicking in right about here and left my mind foggy for the rest of the trip), were on the way to Shieldaig, somewhere near Lochcarron.

Scotland by David Gadient, 2018

Scotland View by David Gadient, 2018

Shieldaig Sunset by Karen Gadient, 2018

The sunset was in Shieldaig. We were out there for the whole thing, after having a pint at one of the local restaurant-pubs. And then the midges joined us! We thought a photographer down near the water was waving at us at one point… but it turns out he was just batting away midges. We got some midge spray ASAP, for whatever good it did. But Shieldaig is a gorgeous place, midges or not.

Sheepy Garden by David Gadient, 2018

The garden with the sheep was the scene outside our window while we washed the morning dishes. Not a baaaaad view.

Headed to Ullapool by David Gadient, 2018

The last photo is the view as you reach Ullapool. I loved it there and hope to go back one day―although via a more direct route than the tricky road through Applecross, which is breathtaking, but narrow enough in parts that if (for us, when) a large vehicle tries to pass on a cliffy hairpin single-track, your breath is taken away from exasperation and panic. David did great, but I tend to freak out. Glad we did the whole drive, but we’re totally taking the A835 next time. If you love a driving adventure, be sure to try every last bit of the North Coast 500!


Filed under Holiday, Journal, Landscape, Life, Nature, Ocean, Photography, Scotland, Sea, Seascape, Travel, Vacation


Inverness View 1 by David Gadient, 2018

Two views of Inverness from atop the Inverness Castle viewpoint on a clear day. Although we’d been to Inverness twice on our last trip to Scotland, this was our first visit to the castle grounds. Inverness Castle now houses the courthouse, but the north tower is open to the public for the view―which is worth the climb!

Inverness View 2 by David Gadient, 2018


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Scotland Near Glencoe by David Gadient, 2018

Sharing a few photos when I can. Many of them will be David’s, although some will be mine. While in Scotland, we drove the North Coast 500, which we’d only seen the eastern side of in 2016. On the way to Inverness from Glasgow, we took the same route as last time so we could revisit the falls in Glencoe. Here are two photos from David’s collection on a cloudy-but-lovely day.

Falls Glencoe by David Gadient, 2018


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More Scotland Travels

Passing Places by David Gadient, 2018

My husband David and I have just returned from three weeks in Scotland, visiting places we were happy to see again—especially Orkney—as well as exploring new areas we hadn’t been to on our first trip two years ago (scroll down a bit to see all posts). We were also lucky to spend time with friends over meals and drinks. I don’t plan on making a day-by-day series of blog posts about this trip, but I’ll be glad to share a few photos once I regain a sense of local time. Hope you’re having a great week!


Filed under Family, Friendship, Holiday, Landscape, Life, Nature, Orkney, Photography, Scotland, Travel, Vacation


Midsummer by Karen Gadient, 2017

Midsummer. Gouache and digital mixed media.

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.
― Ruth E. Renkl

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Filed under Art, Color, Flowers, Gouache, Landscape, Mixed Media, Nature, Painting, Quotes, Skyscape

Harmonic Roots

Harmonic Roots by Karen Gadient, 2017

Harmonic Roots. Gouache, colored pencil, ink, and digital mixed media.

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
― Robert Redford, Yosemite National Park dedication, 1985

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Filed under Art, Color, Colored Pencil, Gouache, Ink, Landscape, Mixed Media, Painting, Prompts, Quotes