I’m just not finding the time to edit and upload photographs as I would like but here is one to be going on with.
This is taken from the south side of Loch Tay and looking over the loch towards Ben Lawers (lost in the mist and distance). The building in the foreground is a ruined croft, quite possibly one of the many tens of thousands deserted at the time of the Highland Clearances, a particularly shameful and shocking episode in British history.
The ruined homes do make an ideal subject for photographers and I hope that, like me, you see that beautiful tree as a fitting, if accidental, memorial to so much suffering by so many innocent people.
Thanks for looking – please look at the larger view if you can!!


  • Lois Romer
    Lois Romerover 6 years ago

    lovely image, I like images of trees and thisi is great. looks superb in B & w

  • Thank you Lois, I’m glad you like it.

    – Richard Ion

  • Bev Evans
    Bev Evansover 6 years ago

    The original was good but this certainly benefits from the mono treatment, especially those lovely stones.

  • It did have that mono feel when I was taking it Bev – thanks for popping in and commenting.

    – Richard Ion

  • ragman
    ragmanover 6 years ago

    excellent tonal range and constructive composition, well seen, well framed, I agree with you entirely about the utter waste during the Scottish clearances

  • High praise indeed – much appreciated David. Seeing these beautiful scenes today, it is hard sometimes to imagine the sorrow in times gone by.

    – Richard Ion

  • Andy Mueller
    Andy Muellerover 6 years ago

    Wow, this is incredible, love that image!

    HELUAover 6 years ago

    Very nice and thanks for the background story !

  • I like to put some background in when I can Helua and it’s very rewarding when it is appreciated so thanks for letting me know.

    – Richard Ion

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 6 years ago

    beautiful capture Richard. so sharp.x

  • Thanks Catherine, it was one of those “stop the car, I want to take that picture!” moments:-)

    – Richard Ion

  • NordicBlackbird
    NordicBlackbirdover 6 years ago

    what a powerful reminder.
    Great shot, Richard :)))


  • Good of you Nat, thank you.

    – Richard Ion

  • twoadrift
    twoadriftover 6 years ago

    What an exquisite capture….love the black & white! Thanks to yur wonderful description, I even learned something new today. : )

  • Well I’m pleased on both counts Virginia and many thanks for taking the time to comment.

    – Richard Ion

  • Rebecca Cruz
    Rebecca Cruzover 6 years ago

    This is beautiful, Richard. The choice of black and white suits this so well, enhancing the texture of the wall and the form of the tree. Lovely!

  • Very kind of you to say so Rebecca – many thanks,

    – Richard Ion

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 6 years ago

    So much atmoshere in this in black and white

  • Thank you Dave, much appreciated,

    – Richard Ion

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