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Post by The Gurnard » 17 Jul 2017, 08:05

Many thanks for commenting guys..and Im happy you are enjoying the videos. Yup..it was a blustery day that day Martin.

The Karma Grip is the bees knees for holding the camera steady..but its not waterproof. However I bought it to make these videos..so it will be used in all conditions. I don't abuse my possessions .. but I do use them to the max. :D


Im stuck at home this week .. surrounded by my materialistic possessions and home luxuries ..like hot showers..TVs..Music..Computers .. phones .. friends ..you name it..all the things you will be familiar with in your own homes. In the wilderness I have none of these.

In the wilderness I am having adventures and excitement at every turn. Even in the rainy days.

Now..Im at home.. the excitement in my life is missing. :( Everything is predictable .. and money dictates what I do during the day.
Which is why I go to the wilderness in the summer..and I will return there as soon as I can. :D

It was thrilling seeing the dolphins on my way to Gruinard Island. I suspect around 50 surrounded the boat. They examined me and showed off in front of me .. for well over 15 minutes. Slapping the boat bottom.. cutting across my bows .. and generally being like boisterous young boys.

They were common dolphins ..the big adults are around 2.5m long and my boat is 2.75m long. They weight around 120kg while I weight half that weight. It was thrilling to have them visit me .. but it was also a relief when they went . Don’t be fooled by their boyish smile and cute baby face .. I tend to think of them as smiling assassins.
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All wild animals .. mammals .. and fish .. can be dangerous and should be treated as such. Dolphins have been known to kill people in the past. These two photos were taken by DouglasW ..and the one with me in my boat illustrates the size some of them grow. Admittedly these two are bottle nose dolphins that grow up to 3.5 meters in length and weigh up to 450kg. I have had four close encounters with dolphins this year. :yay
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The day after my Anthrax adventure ..rain was due to arrive in the far North west ..so I crossed country to the North East coast as it was to remain dry. I took a walk along the shore at Fortrose. Its a well known place for visitors to view dolphins. The tourists were there ooohing and aaaahing as the occasional dorsal fin broke surface a hundred yards from shore. They had huge lenses fitted to their cameras that would cost the equivalent of my yearly living allowance. I hardly glanced at the tourist dolphins.. and now you know why. ;-)
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I hope to post the east coast video soon ..and I cant wait to get back to the wilderness.

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Post by Paul B » 17 Jul 2017, 10:34

Superb videos Donny, as normal such a great experience and to places most of us have never even heard of and more likely never ever get to see without your exploits :IANW
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Post by rogerblack » 17 Jul 2017, 10:52

:wavey

As the kids would say, I'm well jel!

We got a glimpse of a dolphin or two arcing out of the water in the distance a couple of days ago from our spot here at Pettycur - we watch for the terns and gannets diving so we can follow the fishies to get a clue where the dolphins might be feeding. We've also joined the hordes at the spot in your photo at Chanonry Point in the past as we often stay in our motorhome at the campsite just along the beach at Rosemarkie.

Getting up close just as you have would be another dimension completely, although I get why a whole pod of that size surrounding you might be more than a bit scary. As you say, they might be playful but they're not the cuddly creatures some folks think they are, they have been known to use live seal pups as playthings to toss from one to another before finally ripping them apart to eat.

Thanks again for sharing these fascinating locations and experiences with us.
Please don't get too used to the luxurious life as whatever you give us we all want even more :thumbsup

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Post by The Gurnard » 17 Jul 2017, 17:51

Many thanks for your kind comments guys..it is appreciated. :thumbsup
I have old memories of playing in a wee dance band for several years. I was the keyboard player. I recall nights when the audience just looked at us.. and these nights were not our best. Other nights..the audience danced and sang along with us.. it inspired us to play our best and everyone enjoyed those nights the best.

I don’t have much to say to introduce this next chapter in the movie. The video and titles tell it all. Its called “Old Memories” Beware ..it may bring a tear to a glass eye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv69So87NOg

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Post by The Gurnard » 19 Jul 2017, 12:41

Attached is Part One of the latest Chapter in my GoPro movie. Its called Priest Island. :D

The soundtrack is a little muted in this video..but that is because it was recorded in the 1990’s on a small tape cassette player in a pub. Its an original score written by Barbara Ann MacDonald..the singer in the band. I arranged and played the keyboards / organ in the band at that time.

Disclaimer ... I had nothing to do with selling organs to Priests .. but that is a true story too. Details can be found here ;-)

http://www.scotsman.com/news/the-70s-cr ... -1-4473733

This is a map of my complete adventure that day
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And of course my video can be seen here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Ua417HuBs

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Another great video, :thumbsup
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Post by Paul » 19 Jul 2017, 23:01

Keep 'em coming' mate ohyeh
Excellent storyteller, photographer, movie maker and now a keyboard player :D
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Post by enzo200500 » 20 Jul 2017, 06:10

Superb videos there sir!

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Post by The Gurnard » 21 Jul 2017, 09:27

Many thanks for the comments and watching the videos guys ..I had hope to get part 2 of Priest Island finished today but I have run out of time.

As soon as I'm through with the hospital this afternoon ..im heading for another adventure ..this time with some friends ..so there will be a few days break before I'm back ..k4eep watching though..as there are loads more videos to come :thumbsup

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Post by Britd5 » 23 Jul 2017, 11:05

Well Donny just have to say a big Thank you for your videos to date & for recommending the film Into the Wild....incredible story & to find out at the end it's based on a true life is very emotional & has some similarities to my upbringing & thoughts as an adolescent & late teenager/young man.

Anyone who hasn't watched this & feels the call back to wilderness & nature should consider having this film as part of their collection. Google Chris Mccandless for an insight.

All the best & keep the video story coming :respect

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