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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!


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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

Modern World

Modern World by Karen Gadient, 2018

Modern World. Digital painting.

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. ― Alice Kahn

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Filed under Art, Color, Digital Artwork, iPad Art, Life, Painting, Quotes, Technology

Wander About

Wander About by Karen Gadient, 2018

Wander About. Digital painting.

My schedule’s changed a bit and that’s challenged my blogging habits. I’ve got two half-finished mixed media pieces that aren’t ready to share. In the meanwhile, I’ve been getting loose with some entirely digital paintings again. This is one of them, and I hope it gives you a smile. 🙂 Happy February!

Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. ― Ambrose Bierce

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Open Shores

Open Shores by Karen Gadient, 2018

Open Shores. Gouache and digital mixed media.

I’ve been struggling with the flu since returning from our holiday travels. It’s better now, but I’m still exhausted most of the time, so I’ll probably be slow to update things online for a bit.

Hope you’ve had a good (and flu-free) start to 2018!

I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself.
― Martin D. Buxbaum

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Filed under Art, Blogging, Color, Gouache, Holiday, Life, Mixed Media, Painting, Quotes