Niall Benvie - The surge of the Atlantic
The Hebridean Isle of Islay’s blend of improved grassland, wild moor and a coastline gnawed raw by the Atlantic make it an intriguing proposition for the photographer. The cultural landscape enhances, rather than diminishes, the island’s natural wealth, attracting huge numbers of wintering barnacle and white fronted geese and providing a home for many brown hares. The chough, that iconic crow of the Celtic fringes, is favoured by the presence of cattle on coastal pastures and even corncrakes have returned to slink between the irises that crowd damp field edges and disturb light summer nights.
It is on the coast, however, that we find real wilderness unmediated by people. The island’s geological and glacial history have given rise to the whole gamut of coastal geomorphology from cliffs and arches; to stacks and geos; to sandy beaches and mudflats. Rich in texture, form and colour and constantly worried by the Atlantic, the dynamic coastline of Islay is spellbinding.
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