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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!

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Afternoon Garden

Afternoon Garden by Karen Gadient, 2018

Afternoon Garden. Gouache, acrylic, and digital mixed media.

If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.
― Andrew Mason

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Bloom

Bloom by Karen Gadient, 2018

Bloom. Gouache and digital mixed media.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ― Cicero

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Mixed Media Monday: Vibrant Valley

Vibrant Valley by Karen Gadient, 2017

Vibrant Valley. Pastel and watercolor with digital postwork.

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ― Khalil Gibran

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TGIF: Flower Bed

Flower Bed by Karen Gadient, 2016

It’s “FingerPaintingFriday” again!
Watercolor on cold press watercolor paper.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. 🙂

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Westray, Orkney: Noup Head

Noup Head Lighthouse by Karen Gadient, 2016

Noup Head is a dramatic and simply-beyond-stunning coastal area to hike, explore, and birdwatch. It’s worth the extra ferry to Westray from Kirkwall if you ever happen to be in Orkney.

According to the Northern Lighthouse Board, the name noup is derived from gnupr, meaning ‘headland locality’.

Noup Head Birds by David Gadient, 2016

Noup Cliffs is the nesting home to thousands of birds: gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, puffins, and other seabirds. It can be a bit of a challenge to snap photos of the birds unless you have the right camera gear―especially if you happen to be fearful of heights (I admit, I was nervous at the edge).

Noup Head Lighthouse by David Gadient, 2016

Noup Head Lighthouse is impressively seated above the sea cliffs. It’s automated now―solar, as you can see by the panels―but is well over a century old.

Noup Head by Karen Gadient, 2016

June was a lovely time to visit the area; the birds were in great numbers and the cliff tops were decked out in wildflowers.

Noup Head by David Gadient, 2016

It’s truly one my favorite views now that I’ve seen it for myself, and a place I hope to return to again soon.

Well, that’s it for the photos from our Scotland trip. For this trip to Scotland, at least―we’re already planning a trip back, although it won’t be right away. Next time, we’ll tackle the western coast on our travel northward.

Hope you’ve enjoyed our photos (most were taken by my husband David) and my ramblings! If you missed any part… here are links to previous related posts:

Our First Day in Glasgow
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Our Day in Edinburgh
Scotland: Glasgow to Gills Bay
On a Ferry to Orkney
Orkney Wanderings
St Magnus Cathedral
Skara Brae
Standing Stones in Orkney
Westray, Orkney: Part 1
Westray, Orkney: Noltland Castle
Westray, Orkney: Lady Kirk, Pierowall

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Autumn

Autumn by Karen Gadient, 2016

Autumn. Colored pencil and ink combined with digital mixed media.

October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter. ― Nova Bair

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