Hamish

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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I’m still getting sorted from my holiday but, just to keep the Scottish theme, here is Hamish the Highland Bull who lives at The Trossachs’ Woollen Mill just outside Callander and hence on the border between the Lowlands and Highlands of Scotland.
He was actually born on the Island of Mull before moving to Callander and his profession in tourism – coach parties stop purely to get themselves photographed near to him such is his appeal! One young lady was thrilled at his “highlights” in his fringe – wonder who his stylist is?!?!?!
Hamish has become increasingly famous over the last few years and has spawned an industry of Hamish souvenirs available in the shop – everything from Hamish pencils to Hamish books and, yes, before you ask, we have bought some of them!
Actually, his fame is increased by the fact that he is very partial to being fed fruit and veg by us tourists (you can buy the bags in the shop for 20p). Shonah (my wife) is addicted to this activity despite the incredible amount of slobbering (Hamish not her!).
Though a friendly sort, he is a huge Highland bull and, obviously, you can’t get in the field with him, there is a double fence between you and him, so photographing him is a bit tricky, not to say dangerous to photographer and camera! The low-angle was an attempt to get something a bit different and also avoid the sweep of his horns! Yes, I missed the top of one horn – sorry!!!

Thanks for looking
Richard

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Nikon D200
Sigma 10-20mm @16mm
f7.1 1/180th
ISO100

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