Ruin at Suisinish, Isle of Skye. North West Scotland.

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Kyle of Lochalsh, United Kingdom

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Suisinish is an abandoned Clearances village reached after a rough hour- long walk from Kilbride, near Torrin, Isle of Skye.
This old cottage is too modern to have been one of the dwellings where the folk were evicted to make way for the sheep, which were more profitable to the greedy landowners of the time. Many of the families were separated, and forced to emigrate to America, Canada, and Australia.
I cannot begin to feel their anguish.
There are many ruins scattered around the Brae (hillside), evidence of a thriving, close-knit community torn apart by human greed. Maybe this bulding was built early in the twentieth century, I have no idea and can find no information.
Back to the present…..
There was quite a wait for some usable light, a chilly fierce wind was blowing, rain was brewing, nothing new ! We sat in the shelter of one of those deserted ruins, eating our sandwiches, and enjoying a cheering cup of hot coffee from the thermos, reflecting on how ‘they’ lived then, compared to us nowadays, and watching the sheep that are now the only inhabitants of this beautiful place.
Rowan trees were planted in the belief they kept evil spirits away, and it is considered very bad luck to cut one down, even today ! This cottage is surrounded by them, I guess the magic didn’t work.

A five shot HDR.
Canon EOS 40D mounted on tripod, 17mm, iso 100, cloudy wb, f22, 5 RAW files converted and tone mapped in Photomatix, and touched up in Adobe CS3.
Sharpened and Saturated in LAB mode.
Some Orton to ‘pop’ the texture of the stone, by layering and reducing opacity.
A slight dark vignette added, and a texture, on another layer, reduced opacity again.




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