Scotland – Melinda Hind

scottish highlander-sAccording to National Geographic, the aim of travel photography is to capture the particular look, character and ambiance of each place we visit. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel quite extensively since my childhood, and my interest in photography definitely started with taking ‘holiday snaps’ on various family trips overseas. Travel photography still remains a great source of interest and inspiration for me.

balmoral castle-sOn my first trip to Scotland, a few years ago, I had many preconceived ideas about what I would find to photograph there. Of course I expected to see historical monuments on every corner – castles, churches, ancient villages and relics from hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. And I was not disappointed! You certainly don’t have to be an avid history buff to appreciate the enormity of what people achieved so long ago with so little machinery and even less technology. I also expected to see spectacular scenery – lochs, glens, rolling green hills dotted with sheep and impressive coastal views. The weather was kind for most of the trip and so this too did not disappoint.

daffodils-sI did not however, expect to be overwhelmed by a sea of yellow daffodils as far as the eye could see, almost everywhere I turned – fields of yellow, window boxes, pot plants and random clumps of golden flowers growing under every tree.  Even the median strip on the main road into Dundee had been transformed into a giant carpet of daffodils that stretched for miles.

highland calf-sAnd I certainly did not envisage the need for countless roadside stops (and mad dashes across muddy paddocks) in pursuit of the perfect photograph of the beautiful, long- haired highland cow! And how cute are the calves? If I could have bought one home in my suitcase I most certainly would have!