Have you ever noticed that in the movies all the people in Scotland are always wearing rubber boots? Even the Queen wears rubber boots when she visits Scotland (at least in the movies)!
This detail didn’t come to the forefront of my mind until I was standing on the banks of Loch Awe. In the distance I could see the first photography subject I scheduled for my trip: Kilchurn Castle. I looked at maps well ahead of time and had picked the spot I wanted to be standing for the shoot, just across the loch so I would have water in the foreground.
But between where I parked on the road and the spot on Loch Awe was a very very boggy field.
I looked at my hiking boots. I looked back at the boggy field. I shrugged my shoulders and stepped out — carefully — winding my way from higher spots to logs to muddy bits to rocks to a bit of boardwalk slowly making my way. By the time I got there the mud was seeping into my socks. And there was no light.
Okay, I thought, at least now I know what I’m in for!
Back at my bed and breakfast, I took off my dripping muddy boots before I dared walk up the stairs and quickly took them into my shower. (This is why you always need to pack two pairs of shoes! I don’t think any restaurant would have let me in for dinner wearing those.)
The next morning I slept in, indulged in a “full scottish” for breakfast and as soon as the shops opened I bought myself a pair of “Dunnies” (Dunlop rubber boots).
Armed with a much needed piece of gear, I returned to Kilchurn Castle and stomped with glee as I carelessly marched across the boggy field, splashing along the way.
And the light was beautiful!
This first stop was the beginning of a pattern that soon emerged. I visited each place on my list at least twice, sometimes more, before I got the shots I wanted. And some of them eluded me still.
Those dunnies served me well!! I wore them every single day on my trip and was sad to leave them in my hotel room at the end, with no room in my suitcase to bring them home.