Occasionally it's worth getting off the usual tracks and paths; you end up in abandoned, unmaintained parts of the forest, leading into dark rows of pines all around you.
Irish forests are beautiful, and all the greens collide before autumn sits in.
At the end of a wonderful organised day tour we visited Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. We a decent weather all the day - given it was winter in Scotland, I was very glad for it, but the sunset was certainly magnificent.
Sunsets can be magnificent all around the UK, but they seem to be astonishing in Scotland - if you're lucky enough to see the sun. We were, thank fully.
Sunsets have been photographed so many times that when you see one that's truly outstanding you end up finding yourself looking for excuses why you took the picture. It's simple: it was, in fact, beautiful.
We passed this tiny island on our way to Kilchurn Castle and back. Going there, they were simple, grey trees, but when the sun was setting, it was lighting up the branches just like it was the colour of the leaves or the trees themselves. You need to look closely to realise, it's only a trick of the light.
There is a large parking lot in Glencoe where everybody stoppes to take pictures. While the view on the opposite is indeed magnificent, if you turn around, you can see just as interesting and just as beautiful landscapes as well.
Clencoe in Scotland is a manificent place, but it feels incredibly distant from what I'm usually used to. Vast, flowing clouds, close enough that sometimes they are just above your head, snow capped, steep (although not too large) mountains all around.
La Palma is full of these little fellows, curious, fast, beautiful. If you give them some pressed fruit bars, they come very close.
On the first day we arrived to La Palma we only started to look around and arrived into one of the larger towns rather late. This, however, is never a problem for photographers: we walked down to the part of the shore where only one people was fishing - after trying to take cheesy sunset pictures - and started to experiment with long exposure on the volcanic rocks.
Tazacorte is not a particularly interesting city - although the various, colourful houses are nice -, but the view is exceptional. All those green trees are banana trees; the air is crisp and the sea is magnificent.