Seals At Glenramskill, Campbeltown
The Coffee Break Sketching Challenge - draw anything and everything over a cup of coffee or tea!
Sometimes Campbeltown in Scotland just outshines anywhere else on the planet.
I had been a long walk down the 'learside', along kilkerran road, and down past the old sheep fanks to try and get some footage of sheep and highland cows.
It was the most glorious evening ever, a cool breeze keeping me from being roasted, and an unbelievable dearth of 'midgies'.
You could quite literally point the video camera anywhere and it would have been the perfect 'picture postcard view'.
Feeling triumphant with the footage I had so far - highland cows, sheep, oystercatchers, even a wasp doing Karate (honestly I will explain this in a later post), I headed homewards.
The camera and tripod were beginning to weigh me down and I was looking forward to making my supper, and no doubt Buddy, who I was dog-sitting for, would be pacing about, with his tongue 'hingin oot', figuring out how to work a tin-opener.
Coming up to the corner and seeing how majestic Davaar Island looked in the soft summer evening light, I stopped for a wee moment to catch my breath. It was then I heard these seals yowling away...humphing and peching. This would be my first time getting seals on camera, so i slowly started on my way down, along the shore..stealthily, and cagily, so that I wouldn't frighten them off. I was wearing my good converse trainers, so was trying not to dip them in to the water too much, but after slipping a few times on the seaweed, I just 'gave up the ghost', and thought that the footage would be worth it of these lovely creatures.
There was a gathering of seals on the rocks, and two 'pups' playing in the water, and well, these wee seal pups were not taking their eyes off me. Swimming and circling..looking at each other, then looking at me. I was sure they were going to swim right up to the camera - by that time i was knee deep in water, and the converse trainer laces were being pulled away by two wee crabs thinking they could use them as a washing line.
I'll look through the footage of the seal pups and do a sketch of them too for a later post.
If you do visit Campbeltown, and I hope you do, then definitely have a walk down this road and see the seals for yourself. You won't want to leave!
And if you do see a wee teeny washing line with even teenier 'semmits and drawers' swinging in the breeze, remember whose laces were given up to make it possible.
Have a great day and see ye tomorra
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The blog posts of David Brodie, a Scottish artist based near Glasgow.