There is something at once fascinating and frightening about places that were once busy centres of other people’s lives. Dare to be with these images! Listen for the echoes, recognise the faded glamour and elegance and acknowledge the hardship and yes, even the despair. Be with your own mortality and recognise, in your mind, those who lived, loved, worked and played in these forgotten places.
Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, lonely landscapes, spectacular wildlife. It harbours some of the largest areas of wilderness left in Western Europe, a wildlife haven where you can see golden eagles soar above the lochs and mountains of the northern Highlands, spot otters tumbling in the kelp along the shores of the Outer Hebrides.Scotland is a land with a rich, multilayered history, a place where every corner of the landscape is steeped in the past, a deserted croft on an island shore, a moor that was once a battlefield, a cave that once sheltered Bonnie Prince Charlie.
Whether you're a wide-eyed first-timer or a frequent visitor, Africa cannot fail to get under your skin. The canvas upon which the continent's epic story is written is itself astonishing, and reason enough to visit. From the tropical rain forests of Central Africa to the endless rippling dunes and waterless tracts of the Sahara, from the signature savannah of the east to jagged mountains and green-tinged highlands all across the continent, Africa has few peers when it comes to natural beauty.
A Noah's Ark of wildlife brings these landscapes to life, with a tangible and sometimes profoundly mysterious presence that adds so much personality to the African wild. So many of the great beasts, including elephants, hippos and lions, call Africa home.
For many years now as I have wandered silent places, remote places, lonely places whether in journeys of reality or merely travels of the mind thoughts have come to me.
Whispers which speak of things that make sense of the life lessons and experiences I have had. They often don't seem to be of me but come to me when I find peace and still the chatter of the mind. A quiet voice, a voice of wisdom that is not mine.....This is the Voice of the Soul.