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It’s been a good while since I last posted a blog but a recent trip to Mull, and devouring ‘The Eagles Way’ by a favourite nature writer of mine, Jim Crumley, has made me think about getting ‘something out there’(funnily enough another title of one of Crumley’s twenty five or so books!)

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Mull has unashamedly become ‘eagle island’ but has a lot more to offer than just a growing population of the sea eagle and a stable population of the more human shy golden one of the species. Both are no longer difficult to see on the island, but always get the heart racing in a way no other inhabitant of Mull is quite capable of doing.

I know Mull, but only as a frequent visitor over the years, and would never claim to ‘know it well’ I know where to watch for the classics Mull has to offer and with patience they rarely let you down. I know the capricious nature of her weather, at any time of the year, and have experienced all four seasons in one week on the island.

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But as ever it is through images that I see Mull. I’ll leave the wonderful words and evocative passages to the likes of Jim Crumley. Occasionally I’ll quote him and others in my work (I have a passion for books on natural history writing) but I experience a place through a lens (camera, binocular or telescope) It’s my creative outlet and window onto places that inspire and calm.

It’s perhaps worth quoting from an essay I wrote in the recent publication, Ghosts of the Restless Shore (Arts Edition North 2015)

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‘Lastly and central to why I use a camera is the fact that without it I see less clearly. There is an argument that runs along the lines that the camera actually gets in the way of experiencing any given moment. It is seen as a filter that stops primary engagement; just experience the moment. For myself I see the camera more like a filter that clarifies and intensifies…’

So it’s images rather than words I give here and images over a number of years of visiting Mull.

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