2010-05-19 -- Inverness

Another full day of exploring around Inverness. Today, some of us went to a distillery (not I), some of us went to the airport to do a little plane work (not I), some of us went shopping (not I), some of us slept in (not I, though I easily could have) and some of us wandered around with a camera (guess who).

After that, the group reassembled, and we did a drive by of Urquhart Castle, ate lunch at Culloden Battlefield (see yesterday), and had the mandatory end-of-tour-shopping-stop.

Dinner was at the hotel, like two nights ago.


Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/14.1, ISO 200
A hearse almost ready for depature from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Inverness. I missed the actual departure by about five minutes.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/14.1, ISO 200
Looking across the Ness river, at 'downtown' Inverness.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/12.9, ISO 200
D. Chisholm & Sons Funeral Home in Inverness, Scotland. Established 1878. (Deliveries in the rear.)



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 23.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Sign on a pedestrian bridge; "Rose Street Foundry, Inverness, 1981".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/250 sec, f/11.3, ISO 100
Looking up (down?) river, from the middle of a pedestrian bridge in Inverness.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/11.3, ISO 100
Inverness. The restaurant Rocpool is at the bottom corner of the brown buildings in the center. We ate last night at the Rocpool Reserve, not here. Sadly, I brought the whole camera kit along, thinking we were going to be eating here, and I could pop out and get some night shots. It was good to finally get here.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/1600 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Really, this is the river Ness. I know you don't believe me.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 34.0 mm; 1/1250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100
Lots of churches here. This is just down the street from the last photo; the river is on the right hand side, across the street.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
(Eventually, I'll crop this; right now it's a terrible photo) The text is a couple of verses from the bible.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 82.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Apparently, a monument to soldiers killed in North Africa. The front says:
Killed at Tel-El-Kebir
Cpl. William Cattanach
Private George Rugg
Private John Hyslop
Private William Simon
Private George Crawford
Private Thomas King
Private Donald Cameron
Private Robert Brown
Private William Smith
Private James Pollock
Private Alexander Paterson
Private William Bodel
Private David Murray
Private Alexander Murray
Private Willian McKenzie
Died At Cairo
Capt. We..srburn C Harriett
Sgt. William McPherson
Sgt. John McGregor ..ant
Sgt. James Guthrie
Private Duncan McLeod
Cpl. James Douglas
Cpl. Daniel Cochrane
L.Cpl. Robert Cle...
L.Cpl. Walter S..eh
Private James Ireland



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/13 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
The SteamPunk in me came out when I saw this. "The Railway Watch & Clock Company". For some stupid reason (like, I didn't even think of doing it) I didn't go in.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Dropping kegs of beer, loading up the Hootanany.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Inverness Castle, aka, the courthouse. Right below it (the blue windows) is "Spice Tandori" "Indian Restaurant".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/14.1, ISO 100
Urquhart Castle, viewed from the road (we were too cheap and with not enough time to actually go visit it).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 80.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
A gorse, with Urquhart Castle in the background.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Hamish the long haired Highlands Bull near Invermoriston.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 35.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
We ate lunch at
Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/800 sec, f/4.0, ISO 100
Roof detail from "The Highland Club @ Fort Augustus * Loch Ness".



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/12.9, ISO 100
We weren't supposed to be here. This is an old monestary, recently converted (or still being converted) into apartments. This is the side facing Loch Ness.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800
Inside The Highland Club @ Fort Agustus.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 32.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/500 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800
Coat of Arms (original?) over an entrance at The Highland Club @ Fort Agustus.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/100 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Main entrance to The Highland Club @ Fort Agustus. We never saw what an apartment looked like, but, wow, what an exterior.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 92.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Black long haired Highlands Bull.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 92.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Black long haired Highlands Bull.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 102.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Black long haired Highlands Bull. Of the three, this is my favorite, but I included the other two just because it was a close tie.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
If you look closely on the top of the hill above the red shed, you'll see some wind turbines. I like wind turbines. They're fun to watch, and imagine all the torque being generated.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Dunlichity Cemetery / Dunlichity Burial Ground. In the upper left corner is a building. This is the watch tower, to prevent grave robbers from snatching bodies for use in medical schools. Composition is terrible, because I shot this blind over a five foot tall wall (and forgot / just didn't think to walk back to the corner to do it correctly when I was inside).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 16.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
Another view of the watch tower in Dunlichity Cemetery.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II at 25.0 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100
My favorite picture of the day. A grave stone in Dunlichity Cemetery, with a broken vase.
The stone says:
In Loving Memory Of
James Stoddart
died Dalvrallan
Park
8th January 1959
(the rest I can't read)

Beloved husband of
Isabella Smith
died R N J
November 1942
I was a little pressed for time (everyone else was already on the bus to leave) and I grabbed the shot and ran.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 45.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/11.3, ISO 1600
The amuse-bouche, smoked salmon on a tomato cucumber onion mix, with a squirt of mango (maybe) flavor.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 96.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/11.3, ISO 1600
It looks thoroughly disgusting. Cream of wild mushroom soup drizzled with Cep oil.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 1/40 sec, f/11.3, ISO 1600
Mediterranean vegetable strudel with a creamed sweet corn sauce. Well, it had potential. The strudel was over cooked -- very tough on the bottom, and slightly burnt on top. The veggies were OK, but nothing memorable in preparation or content. The beans on the side were quite good though, nice and tender.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/80 sec, f/4.0, ISO 50
It wasn't a spectacular sunset....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/125 sec, f/4.0, ISO 50
....but it was good enough....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 100.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 50
....to get four pictures....



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 105.0 mm; 1/50 sec, f/4.0, ISO 50
....that I couldn't decide the best of.



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