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Scotlands Animals

Famous Scottish cows, Scotlands hairy highland animals!
The funny looking scottish highland cattle were looking curiously at me when I stopped in Dunvegan Castle gardens to photograph them. despite their funny looks these cows are quite aggressive and can ...
Koenigssee Bavaria Germany

The Koenigssee or Kings Lake Near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Germany, Europe.
This air shot like photography was taken from a view point high above the famous Koenigssee - Kings lake - near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany.
Caerlaverock Castle Scotland

The intriguing triangular Caerlaverock Castle in southeast Scotland, Europe.
The unusual triangular castle of Caerlaverock near Dumfries in southeast Scotland is well worth a visit. The castle was, thanks to it's shape and location, nearly unbeatable and was only destroyed ...
Armadale Castle Gardens

Surrounding the ruins of the Armadale Castle in Scotland are the well kept castle gardens.
The old clan headquarter of the MacDonald, Armadale castle in southern Isle of Skye, provides besides the ruin of the castle a perfectly maintained garden with various sceneries.
Fishing Boats

A neatly lined up row of fishing boats at a sandy beach harbor in Denmark.
The fishermen at the Danish west coast are still working with small boats, setting their nets with buoys while operating out of sandy beach harbors. In these harbors the boats are simly dragged on ...
Lone Sheep Germany

A Lonely Sheep Stands On A Hill In The Coastal Area Of Germany, Europe.
The German North West coast is well known for masses of sheep which maintain the grounds of the flood controlling dykes.
Grizzlies Alaska

Pair Of Grizzlies In Denali National Park in Alaska, USA.
This pair of grizzlies in Denali NP could be spotted and watched during half an hour playing and feeding on the slopes just beside the park road.
Sweetheart Abbey

Ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in Scotland, Europe.
The ruins of Sweetheart Abbey in Southwestern Scotland tell a heartbreaking story. It is said that the wife of an ancient king bemourned the loss of her beloved husband so much that she not only build ...
Steller Sea Lions Alaska

Scene in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska with Steller Sea Lions hauled out onto the rocks.
Steller's sea lions are very common in the waters of Alaska. Here in the Kenai Fjords National Park lives a large population, guarded by the NPS. The animals are a big attraction for the tour boats ...
City Hall Bamberg Germany

An intriguing City Hall in the town of Bamberg built on the middle of a bridge in Germany, Europe.
This unusual architecture of the old city hall was build on the bridge over the River Pegnitz in Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany.
Aquarium Sea Otter

A cute Sea Otter bobs about on the surface of the water at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, Canada.
This sea otter was enjoying the sun while lazily laying on his back in the water and waiting to get fed. Seen in the Vancouver aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Yukon River Canada

A panorama view of the Yukon River along the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory, Canada.
During a trip from Dawson City to Whitehorse on the Klondike Highway outlooks like these along the road brighten the day and are a good reason to have a break and enjoy the wilderness on the Yukon River ...
Rhododendron Flowers

Rhododendron bushes stand out in contrast to the surrounding landscape in the Glen Etive Valley, Scotland, Europe.
The small, remote valley of Glen Etive in the Glencoe area near Fort William rewards the visitor with narrow roads but broad looks. In the early summer every flower blooms and sets the valley in a colorful fire ...
Dunnottar Castle Scotland

The sunset light at Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Europe.
The spectacular scenery of Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire even gets more dramatic during sunset or sunrise. Only then the castle, sitting on its rock high above the windy north sea, ...
Eilean Donan Castle Scotland

Eilean Donan Castle on an island perch in Loch Duich, Scotland, Europe.
The very neat castle of Eilean Donan sits on a small island in Loch Duich near Dornie, Scotland. The castle is one of the most famous ones of scottish castles, not only because of staring as the M ...
Dunnottar Castle Aberdeenshire

The sunrise light coming through the clouds above at Dunnottar Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Europe.
The spectacular scenery of Dunnottar Castle near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire even gets more dramatic during sunset or sunrise. Only then the castle, sitting on its rock high above the windy north sea, ...
Waterfall Hebrides Scotland

A waterfall situated in the Hebrides region of Scotland, Europe.
Scenes like this are very common on the green Isle of Skye. The abundance of water, from the sea and from the sky, forms a very green, hilly and wet landscape, which gives the whole region a fresh ...
Sunset Scotland

Evening sky in The Isle of Skye, Scotland as the sunset light hits the clouds.
The perfect day on the Isle of Skye can be ended perfectly by watching the sunset at the quiet and remote location of Trumpan on the Peninsula of Waternish. Here, beneath the ruins of an ancient church ...
Fort Augustus Scotland

Neptune's Staircase in Fort Angustus in Scotland, Europe.
The 7 locks in Fort Augustus at the banks of the famous Loch Ness representing one end of the caledonian canal, a canal for ships through the scottish mainland from the Loch Ness to the Atlantic ocean ...
Urquhart Castle Loch Ness

Urquhart Castle with night lighting on the banks of Loch Ness, Scotland, Europe.
The ancient ruin of Urquhart Castle at the banks of the famous -monster infested- Loch Ness is a special sight at nightfall, when the ruin lies illuminated in front of the quiet lake. The ruin was ...
Dunvegan Castle Gardens

Wild garden in the grounds of Dunvegan Castle in Scotland, Europe.
In the garden of the home castle of the clan McLeod an abundancy of Scottish bluebells bloom. This fallen tree was seen in the wild part of the garden.
Hebridean Islands Scotland

The late afternoon sun turns the water silver between the Hebridean Islands in Scotland, Europe.
In the afternoon light the sea between the hebridean islands shines like quicksilver. This light is very common on the Isle of Skye which adds to the mystical attraction this island has.
Coombe Abbey Coventry England

The Quiet Coombe abbey near the industrial city of Coventry in England, Europe.
The picturesque ancient cloister of Coombe Abbey near Coventry lays surrounded by parks and small lakes. Today a hotel, the abbey is still preserved in it's original outfit. Even a sarkophage with ...
St Andrews Scotland

White puffy clouds above St Andrews in Scotland, Europe.
Golfers may know St.Andrews as the city, where their sport was invented. But not only golfers come to St.Andrews these days. The heritage in this city, including the castle high above the sea and the ...
Stonehaven Scotland

Beached boats line the harbour at low tide in Stonehaven in Scotland, Europe.
Stonehaven, best know for its proximity to Dunnottar Castle in Aberdeenshire, also has many sights of its own. The small boat harbor, mostly used for fishing and recreational boating, offers great ...
Sunset North Sea

Sunset mood at Vorupoers sandy harbor along the coast of the North Sea in Denmark.
The setting sun is bathing the sandy harbor of the danish west coast town of Vorupoer in a golden light. During an evening stroll between the ships on the beach one can really enjoy the fresh sea breeze ...
Edinburgh City Scotland

An overview of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland at night.
From Calton Hill above Princess street you have the best view over the whole city of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. Especially in the evening hours, at nightfall in Edinburgh when all the lights ...
Glamis Castle Scotland

Glamis Castle in the Scottish Highlands, Europe.
Glamis Castle in the southern parts of the Scottish Highlands is one of the castles Shakespeare used in his drama Macbeth. Here it is said that Duncan killed Mac and Cador. beth, the Than of Glamis and Cawdor ...
Scotland Coast

The rugged but beautiful North Coast of Scotland, Europe.
The rugged North Coast is widely known for its contrasts between green farmlands and steep cliffs falling down to the ocean. Here, near Aberdour in Scotland, the beach quickly turns into red rock.
Open Air Museum Scotland

The Open Air Museum Of The Isle Of Skye in Scotland, Europe.
In the museum of the Isles on the Northwestern Peninsula of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye the ancient life and work on the Hebridean Islands is illustrated. The red and green painted barrels give ...
Cute Cows

A group of cute but funny looking Scottish Highland Cows in the Dunvegan Castle gardens in Scotland, Europe.
The funny looking Scottish highland cattle looking curiously while having their photograph taken in the Dunvegan Castle gardens. Despite their funny looks these cows are quite aggressive and can de ...
Urquhart Castle Scotland

Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness at night in Scotland, Europe.
The ancient ruin of Urquhart Castle at the banks of the famous "monster infested" Loch Ness is a special sight at nightfall, when the ruin lies illuminated in front of the quiet lake. The ruin was ...
Highland Calf Scotland

Highland Cow calf
One of the landmarks of scotland besides the whisky and the kilts are the furry highland cows. While one shouldn't underestimate the agressiveness of the full grown cows this little calf was very cute ...
Cawdor Castle Scotland

The Green Gardens of Cawdor Castle are well worth a visit while in Scotland, Europe.
Cawdor castle is the second castle in Scotland claiming the place to be where Shakespeares Duncan killed Macbeth. In reality Macbeth was killed in the battle of Elgin, some 30 miles away. Today the ...
Brandenburger Tor Germany

Quadriga on the Brandenburger Tor Germany, Europe.
Shortly after nightfall the illumination comes up on all the famous buildings throughout the german capital and show magnificent views like this one. This view was seen from the Pariser Platz.
Fort Augustus Locks

The main claim to fame at Fort Augustus in Scotland are the series of locks along the Caledonian Canal, Scotland, Europe.
The 7 locks in Fort Augustus on the banks of the famous Loch Ness representing one end of the Caledonian Canal, a canal for ships through the Scottish mainland from the Loch Ness to the Atlantic ocean ...
Melrose Abbey Scotland

Ruins of Melrose Abbey in Scotland, Europe.
One of the most famous ruined abbeys in Scotland is Melrose Abbey south of Edinburgh.The abbey was destroyed by fire in the 18th century and is since then preserved, surrounded by its ancient grav ...
Wonder Lake Alaska

Midnight at Wonder Lake in Denali National Park of Alaska, USA.
Although Mt.McKinley is notorious for being shrouded in clouds it usually comes out for some time between dusk and dawn. This is particularly true during the light nights in the summer,when it is possible ...
St Bartholomae Germany

An aerial view of St Bartholomae near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany, Europe.
This air shot like photography was taken from a view point high above the famous Koenigssee - Kings lake - near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, Germany. The church is famous throughout Europe and a mjor attraction ...
Ptarmigan Summer Plumage

A Ptarmigan bird with brown summer plumage
The usually shy ptarmigan bird is covered with its summer feathers as we saw it near Savage River, Denali NP.
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