Sunday, March 25, 2012

View from the Top

Photos just really can't do justice to the dizzying heights of the brae edge. This first view is from the outcrop where the alleged remnants of Lamabourg castle are. Between foreground and midground of this photo is a canyon --maybe 300 feet to the sea below. I did not care to get close enough for an accurate measure.
The sea birds are beginning to snuggle down to making eggs though some are still looking for sites or partners, so the air was full of their swooping and diving and calling.

We had to abandon the car some ways back along a bedraggled farm-field road. We walked along with the companionship of some youngish cattle with kindly faces, including a couple young calves, a sure and certain sign of the beginning of the benign season.

The sun was wonderfully warm and the breeze was calm enough that Morris and I could walk nearer to the edge than one would on a blowy day, but having been raised on the prairies, I remain much more committed to terra firma even on a calm day.
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At 1:47 AM, Blogger Amy said...

The swooping, diving, and calling sounds neat. Speaking of mating birds, last night we went on a woodcock walk. We heard them give a nasal call while on the ground, then whir and tweet as they rose in their "sky dance." But the dark clouds prevented us from seeing their darting flight. But it was fun to hear them.

At 5:22 AM, Blogger robert said...

What area is this. Born in Lybster, living in Milwaukee. Wondering?

At 7:50 AM, Blogger landgirl said...

Oh Wisconsin is a long way from Lybster! This walk is near Freswick Castle, one mile South along the east coast on a promontory // very little to see but remains of an old broch and vestiges of old buildings It had been excavated badly in the past by that character, Tres Barry. I am a follower rather than a map reader/navigator so I asked my husband to fill in description of locale. Do you get Caithness Courier? Its available online and brief description of another walk in there this week. My walking pals and I are going to start walk blog. As soon as I have it sussed I'll send you link.


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