|Connel Bridge. Taken a one off liberty to expand three images as the definition is lost in the smaller version. I'll decrease it to fit the page when I move on to the next post.|
(On a side note, despite writing this uncompleted draft some time ago, I've been having internet problems for some time now with my provider who can't seem to come and repair the job on the day I pre-arranged with them. Decided on moving to a temporary Dongle from the company Three which could be useful on the road if I choose that option. I'll be catching up with all your blogs next week as I'm back on line as of this evening)
The Connel bridge built in 1903 with 2600 tonnes of steel has had an unusual history with regards to its use. It was originally built to carry a single track railway but with the advent of the car, geographical and transportation difficulties, a narrow road was added alongside the railway track in 1914 that could only be utilised when there were no trains using it. During the Dr Beeching era of the 1960's the railway closed and it was converted to a single track road with traffic lights at each end.
After researching what I may consider doing in the afternoon (or the next post for that matter), I drove northwards to the Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary on the shore of Loch Creran.
The sanctuary houses all the usual Aquatic wonders that can be discovered at a sea life centre in addition to a seal hospital for rescuing injured or abandoned pups.
Fortunately there were none in residence when I was there although there were three that could not be returned to the wild.
|Gliding gracefully …… towards the grub !|
|" Ha, you need a better lens than that mate !"|
The sanctuary also has a separate enclosure with two North American River Otters named Isla & Lewis … hmmm.
|Very slippery customers to photograph !|
That just left the nature trail through the woods with a variety of wooden sculptures generally not conducive to photography although here's a couple of examples with suitable unobtrusive backgrounds
The nature trail followed a path to a point that gave more accessible views across Loch Creran.
Children are obviously encouraged here by allowing them to take a gift home and ….
getting the opportunity of drawing their favourite sea creature with chalk…
|"Delicious ! with chips £6.90"|