Wild Photography Holidays summer tour to Islay
June 14th, 2016. Just sometimes, it all comes together and so it was on our recent summer tour to Islay for Wild Photography Holidays. For one thing, we saw rain only once during the week. We enjoyed the tail end of an unusually dry and warm spell, so much so that all bar one of the island’s famous distilleries had had to stop production owing to a shortage of water. Charlotte provided lovely food and, as always, wasn’t afraid to experiment with new dishes and combinations. Drinking Limoncello through a chocolate straw as part of the last evening’s dessert was a bit of a highlight. Even that, though, paled alongside the unparalleled opportunities the group had to photograph wildlife in great lighting conditions (albeit, that required some early rising). Brown hares, rabbits, meadow and rock pipits, sedge warbler, roe and red deer, stonechat, snipe, oystercatchers, mute swans and eider ducks all presented us with chances to photograph them, although the common seals and goats we can normally rely on were not so obliging. In addition to light painting opportunities at our favourite lighthouse and Kildalton Cross, we were fortunate to find many newly exposed pieces of some of the most extravagantly folded slate I’ve seen anywhere at our usual spot in the south of the island, enough to gather together a panel of images within a couple of hours.
Islay remains one of the most underestimated destinations for photographers in the country – and that suited us just fine!