Scotland Trip – Old Man of Storr… I think


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The slower crowd

Arrived at Isle of Skye yesterday. Good weather then but too tired to do anything anymore. We should have … . Today nothing to see beyond a certain distance, everything is gray and covered in a blanket of clouds. No views, only shades of gray. Maybe if we get closer to the top?

Surprised as we see that we are not the only ones on the parking for the hike to the Old Man of Storr. It is raining. Drizzling. We pack ourselves into our rain gear, except my son who refused to wear rain or hiking pants. He has regretted it with his jeans. By the time we were at the top he was so soaked his pants were dropping due to the weight of the absorbed water. Maybe next time he will listen to mum?

 

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There he is

For me it is pushing the limits. The hike was doable as long as I take my time and look carefully where to put my feet. The rain is getting heavier. I notice that I am not used to taking pictures in the rain. This is frustrating. I should have taken my sun cab to have a bit of protection for the lens, but it lays still in my closet at home. I need to wipe the lens every few seconds. Need to watch out to take the clean handkerchief. This is not working. My camera is getting too wet. I am putting it under my jacket.

We reach the top, but where is the Old Man of Storr? We can hardly see him through the rain. Disappointing in some way. All the nice pictures I saw on the net… not this time. It will be raining for the three days we are on the Isle of Skye, no chance on getting closer to the image I had in mind.

 

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Look for the mountain top behind the soaked ones

By the time we start the descend the kids are cold and wet. Soaked. If we don’t find a way to dry our cloths and shoes, the day is done. The hotel staff is so kind to put our stuff in the tumble dryer. Meanwhile my son is warming up in a hot bath and my daughter in her bed. We open up all the radiators, putting our shoes up side down on in. Then I look at my camera. This doesn’t look good. Moist in the lens. Error messages. Display not working. !@#!@. Camera also on radiator then and warming up the lens with the hair dryer.

The next day the error messages changed from “no lens detected” to “put highest diaphragm”… Other lenses worked fine. That’s good. Display starts to function as well. And eventually it is clear that the motor in the lens seems to be broken. Pictures are possible but only if you manually zoom as good as possible. Not happy and no one to blame.

 

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