Lyskentyre Beach

South Harris, Outer Hebrides. Everyone advised us to visit Lyskentyre, so off we went. Dina was speeding first in her white Jaguar and Siri and Selma were slowly following in their VW camper van. Would Dina not have stopped frequently for taking pictures, she would have darted off out of sight of our dear Bookfayries. But in the end we all stayed together reaching Lyskentyre.

Wir näherten uns Lyskentyre. Dina brauste vorweg in ihrem weißen Jaguar und Siri und Selma schlichen hinterher in ihrem VW Bus. Würde sie nicht ständig zum Fotografieren stoppen, wäre sie längst unseren lieben Feen davongefahren. So also ging’s gemütlich durch karge Landschaft.

The grey sky reached almost down to the barren landscape. But then, what a surprise, a beach looking a bit like the Caribbean sea appeared. Dina was so taken by this view that she braked hard (Siri and Selma nearly run into her), got her cameras, jumped out of the car and very excitedly,  mounted the lenses.

Grau war der Himmel aufs Land gefallen und dann völlig unerwartet absolutes Erstaunen: ein Strand, der geradezu karibisch wirkt. Der Verwunderungseffekt ist umwerfend und ließ Dina hart bremsen und sogleich emsigst ihre Kameras zücken und aufgeregt an den Objektiven herumschrauben.


Lyskentyre Beach on South Harris was described in our travel guides as one of the most spectacular beaches in the UK – and it really is. It was voted UK’s beach number one in 2016. It’s famous for being the setting of the BBC’s Castaway. We didn’t have just the right weather for a swim but we are weather proof and enjoyed the magnificent landscape very much. 

Lyskentyre Beach auf South Harris gilt als einer der schönsten Strände Schottlands und wurde 2016 als schönster Strand im UK gewählt. Wir hatten nicht gerade Badewetter, aber wir sind ja wetterfest und die Stimmung dort hat uns sogleich gepackt. Sie ist so romantisch, dass einige Paare hier heirateten.

What makes us perceive a landscape as beautiful?“, Siri and Selma wanted to know. Of course we were touched by this scenery but to answer what makes us see a place as beautiful, we really had problems to answer.

Siri und Selma, die wie wir hin und weg waren, fragten uns, was denn eine Landschaft einem als schön erfahren lässt. Natürlich berührte uns sogleich die Schönheit, aber zu beantworten, warum eine Landschaft als schön angesehen wird, fanden wir schwer zu beantworten.

Is it the tension between mountains and sea like at Norwegian fjords or the opposition between the vast beach and the hight of the mountains? And not to forget the light that gives the scenery its colours. Siri’s idea was that everything is that big here, is it makes people appear small and unimportant. “Isn’t that a big relief in a society in which we feel ridiculously important?” she asked. But Selma immediately added that is totally un-fairishly. She finished our talk by her statement “beauty doesn’t need an explanation!

Die Spannung zwischen Berge und Meer wie auch bei den norwegischen Fjords lässt einen Strand als schön erscheinen wie auch der Widerspruch zwischen der Weite des Sandstrandes und der Höhe der Berge. Dazu kommt das Licht, das alles mit vielen Farbnuancen in Szene setzt. Siri meinte, hier sei alles so groß und die Menschen so klein, dass man sich unwichtig vorkommt. Das ist eine enorme Entlastung, da man sich zu oft so lächerlich wichtig nimmt – wobei Selma gleich hinzusetzt, dass dies jedoch nicht Feenart sei. Sie beendet unser Strandgespräch, indem sie meinte, Schönheit brauche keine Erklärung.

Maybe beauty is perfectly balanced tension, we thought before we walked that grand beach in silence and then we saw this bus stop on our way back 🙂

Ist Schönheit perfekt dosierte Spannung?” fragten wir uns, bevor wir endlich still den Strand entlang liefen. Auf dem Rückweg sahen wir dann diese kuriose Bushaltestelle.

Bus stop on The Hebrides, the Isle of Harris

In this barren, nearly unpopulated landscape, where the sheep are marked with the colour of the sea, one wouldn’t expect a bus stop. If and when a bus will come who knows? We found neither a bus stop sign nor a timetable, but of course, the locals know and will wait in style.

In dieser kargen, beinahe menschenleeren Landschaft, wo die Schafe mit der Farbe des Meeres kennzeichnet werden, würde man keine Bushaltestelle erwarten. Ob ein Bus kommt und wann, wer weiß? Es gib weder Halteschilder noch Fahrpläne. Als Einheimischer kennt man das Geheimnis und wartet stilvoll.

So long! We’ll go on about our trip with pictures from a Scottish fairy tale castle
Bis dann mit weiteren Bildern unseres Road Trips, demnächst vom schönsten Castle Schottlands
The Fab Four of Cley

P.S.
Concerning beauty see our post about ugliness.
Vergleiche zum Thema Schönheit auch unseren Aufsatz über die Hässlichkeit. And now you can find Klausbernd on Instagram too:


Our dear Master at Lyskentyre Beach as seen on Instagram.

 

 

© Text and illustrations, Hanne Siebers and Klausbernd Vollmar, Cley next the Sea, 2017

 

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    • Good morning, dear Trini
      you have to be quick because the Outer Hebrides like northern Scotland are getting more and more touristy. Oh dear, and we help with our post that it gets more popular 😉 We keep our fingers crossed that you soon find the possibility to go there.
      With lots of love xxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  1. How dreamy the photos are! Beauty indeed does not need any explanation. You four are right about that. As long as the senses are soaked in the beauty, who cares about the whys and the wherefores 🙂 Is it Eilean Donan next up?

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    • Hi Dippy-Dotty-Girl
      yeah, Eilean Donan comes next. Well, actually we first went to Eilean Donan and then to Lyskentyre, but who cares …
      Well, does beauty needs an explanation? Actually is self-explanatory on one hand, on the other we want to understand it. Why? If one doesn’t think about beauty one oft produces kitsch. Our Master would say, beauty is there to be understood. But there is the question what’s really meant by understanding. Anyway let’s leave this highly pholosophical question.
      We wish you a very happy weekend and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • You are welcome, Klausbernd. It is indeed a philosophical discussion that could incite many passionate voices. I simply think beauty should be admired for the sake of beauty and leave it there. Just as you point out too.

      The chronology of it hardly matters. What matters is the surreal beauty of the Scottish islands and you capture it so beautifully.

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  2. Hallo liebe Dina,
    und danke fuer die fantastischen Fotos: eine wahre Augenweide. Es war mal wieder ein Genuss, diesen Beitrag anzuschauen. Aber auch zu lesen, denn derText war – wie immer – auch absolut anregend. Und so freue ich mich dann schon auf den naechstenBeitrag.
    Habt’s fein,
    Pit
    P.S. apropos stoppen fuer Bilder: auf unserem “RailTrailsRoadTrip” [http://tinyurl.com/jfu9bep] im vergangenen Oktober habe ich immer gesagt, dass mein (neuer) Fahrradstaender mich ganz erheblich verlangsamt hat. Weil ich naemlich damit ganz einfach alle naselangs anhalten konnte, um Fotos zu machen, ohne das Rad hinlegen oder nach einem Zaun/Baum zu Ablehnen suchen zu muessen. Mein Durchschnittstempo hat sich dadurch ganz erbeblich verlangsamt. 😉

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    • Guten Morgen, lieber Pit,
      ja, mit Fotografen zu reisen ist sehr meditativ und im Auto kann’s ziemlich aufregend sein. Wir Buchfeen müssen stets morgens die Frontscheibe so fein putzen, dass man sie gar nicht mehr sieht. Wir haben immer Scheibenreiniger im Auto, um die höchste Durchsichtigkeit aufrecht zu erhalten. Huch, da wird unsere Frontscheibe zunehmend dünner bei all dem Rubbeln 😉 Es ist schon ideal, dass Dina auf den Hebriden ein offenes Auto fuhr, es ersparte uns viel Wischiwaschi.
      Mit ganz lieben Grüßen vom kleinen Dorf am großen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Übrigens unsere liebe Dina ist mal wieder weg 😦 Sie ist in Norwegen, wo es ähnlich warm wie hier ist – zu warm!

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    • Good morning, dear Su
      as we wrote above, you have to be quick as the Hebrides as northern Scotland are getting more and more popular. And in a way too many tourist will steal the beauty.
      We wish you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • I’ll just enjoy your photos again and consider myself to have been there vicariously. I hate the idea of going to remote places only to find that the rest of the world has gone too. It’s not only self-defeating, but of course can be so damaging to the natural (and social) environment! We are seeing the same trends in NZ as more and more visitors come to enjoy our “unspoiled” country.

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    • Hi, dear Cindy
      “starkly stunning” – exactly! That is what it is. We love this alliteration 🙂
      We saw several bus stops like this. First we couldn’t believe it that these were bus stops.
      Wishing you a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  3. Oh I love this report from the Hebrides. I suspected the Outer Hebrides to be special, close to landscape form like our arctic part of the world. Little vegetation and no trees. At all?
    It mus be a revelation to see something like this special place, a beach like another continent. I discussed the beauty of a landscape with Dina on the phone yesterday. For us, the beauty of a place certainly has got something to do with the light. Light plays an important role in Sweden and Dina’s homeland Norway. Whether it’s there or not. Now we have plenty and it’s magic. In winter we have less to none and it’s also magic. The darkness opens up for way for the Northern Lights, the most magic lights of all. In Gothic architecture, light was considered the most beautiful revelation of God and thus playing a major role.
    Love and hugs to you all from my lovely stuga!
    Kram Annalena x

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    • Good morning, dear Annalena,
      the arctic regions as the Hebrides are formed by ice and therefore they are quite similar in their basic landscapes. You are right, there are hardly any trees on the Outer Hebrides, only in sheltered positions.
      We absolutely agree with you, beauty has to do with light. It’s the light that creates a special atmosphere. Therefore you find in the Islamic and Christian world the idea that god is light. And especially when photographing you are playing with light. But in postproduction of their pictures many photographers destroy the great natural light by inserting special light effects and suns and immediately turn a beautiful picture into kitsch.
      Anyway, all the best and lots of love xxxx
      Klausbernd, Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma

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    • It seems to us that most of the post-production programmes replace the beauty of nature in a pic with some tasteless mainstream images, like posters in cheap furniture shops.
      You find a lot of those pics in the net like overdone sun sets and skies etc. – but, what a shame, people seem to like them.
      Love
      xxx

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  4. Now I know where I’m going next! Dear friends, this is 100% to my liking. Seems to suit the Nordic soul, not too hot, not too cowded and lovely winding roads where the animals have the right of ways. 🙂 We are set do drive the NC500 and now we’ll include the Hebrides as well. The remote places are high up on our list. 🙂
    Actually we planned to drive the Atlantic Highway in Norway next year, but I think it’s appropriate to start with Scotland and then do the scenic Numer I trip back home to celebrate the end of my working years. 🙂
    Ha en god St. Hans helg!
    Per Magnus x

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    • Good morning, dear Per Magnus,
      we think about driving the Atlantic Highway as well – but we have to save some money first because your country is so horribly expensive. But then we have done the two most beautiful road trips in the world as voted by international photo-journalists.
      Coming from England it is easy to combine a trip to Skye, Lewis and Harris with the NC500. And the biggest thrill, from Ullapool don’t take the main road (NC500) but take the “wee-mad-road” – absolutely magnificent. But drive very careful – a bit tricky to drive.
      St. Hans helg? We didn’t even know that there was an hl. Hans. Did you make that up?
      Lots of love xxxxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Liebe Uschi, lieber Herbert,
      ja, das ist eine Gegend, die ideal mit dem Wohnmobil zu bereisen ist. Aber auch schwierig ein Wohnmobil auf den engen Straßen zu fahren, nehmen wir an. Dina war selbst ihr Jaguar zu breit.
      Mit lieben Grüßen xxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Danke, liebe Claudia 🙂
      besonders am Anfang unserer Reise hatten wir typisch schottisches, stark abwechselungsreiches Wetter. Ja weiter wir gen Norden kamen, um so sonniger wurde es, dass Dina sich über den langweilig blauen Himmel beschwerte und es uns teilweise zu warm wurde.
      Wir sahen mehrere ähnliche Bushaltestellen – voll cool, nicht?!
      Danke! Wir wünschen ein tolles Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  5. Wow! Was für wunderschöne Fotos! Und dazu den, wie immer, klugen und einfühlsamen Text! Ich will auch sofort dahin. Ihr habt mich mitgenommen auf eure Reise in den Norden und ich bin schon auf Euren nächsten Beitrag gespannt. Liebe Grüße aus dem heißen Süden Deutschlands. (Schickt mal bitte ein bisschen nordisch kühle Luft)

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    • Liebe Astrid, lieber Konrad
      Pustekuchen – nix nordisch kühle Luft. Ja weiter wir auf unserer Reise gen Norden kamen, desto wärmer und sonniger wurde es. Aber jetzt in Cley ist es nach heißen Tagen mit etwa 30 Grad sehr angenehm. Wir haben feine 22 Grad mit einer leichten Seebrise – übrigens ein Wort, bei dem mein Rechtschreibeprogramm die Falschschreibung -briese vorschlägt. Davon schicken wir euch etwas rüber. Siri und Selma stehen schon auf dem Dach und blasen und blasen das Wetter zu euch. Aber, bitte, bitte, wir möchten auch etwas: REGEN! Seit wir wegfuhren hat es hier nicht mehr geregnet, die Wassertonnen sind puptrocken und die Blümchen traurig.
      Also Outer Hebrides und Nordschottland könnt ihr doch easy bereisen. Das müsst ihr unbedingt mit dem Auto machen und bloß nicht zwischen Mitte Juni und Ende September. Der Herbst ist dort sicher megaschön, wir würden Oktober vorschlagen. Ihr benötigt für solch eine Reise incl. Hebriden etwa 5 Wochen. Man kann’s auch in 4 Wochen machen, aber ich denke mir, ihr liebt es wie wir easy, easy.
      Dina ist mal wieder in Norwegen, wo es leicht kühler ist als hier. Dort regnet es zumindest ab und an – wir sind voll neidisch!
      Ganz liebe Grüße an euch beiden xxx
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dann werde ich gleich nachhelfen und erfrischende, kühle Luft aus dem Norden nach Freiburg schicken. 🙂 Eine Wohltat nach der Hitze im Rheintal. Um euch ein wenig neidisch zu machen, ich habe vorhin sogar einen leichten Pulli angezogen, voll cool. 🙂 🙂
      Herzliche Grüße zum Jonsok, St.Hans, Mittsommer – (wird im Norwegen am 23.6 gefeiert. Mit einem Feuer, wie Pit es vorgestern gemacht hat)
      Dina-Hanne xox

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    • Good morning, dear Lawrence
      outdoor office – we had the same idea.
      We suppose that October is a good month to travel up north because tourists and midgets are gone. Before you go, come around, please, we will give you some hints. Dina is again in Norway right now but she’ll be back in the middle of July. We should meet then.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  6. I love the expansiveness of these images – sometimes bleak, sometimes ethereal. Just looking at them gives one a sense of opening from within. It must have been a fabulous trip. Fairy filled camper van following snazzy jag by these sea and landscapes is its own wonderful image. And that bus stop – well, what can on say, blissful pragmatism in changeable climate or highway to another dimension. Happy weekend Fab Four.

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    • Dear Tish,
      we had the same feeling: Being in this landscape is opening up to an inner freedom.
      This bus stop – well, there comes the bus bringing you to otherland and beyond 😉
      We wish you a happy weekend as well
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Wir fanden besonders die äußeren Hebriden und den hohen Norden Schottland einschließlich den Orkneys toll.
      Liebe Grüße vom kleinen Dorf am großen Meer
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  7. Klasse!! ich war lange verreist und hatte keine Möglichkeit Kontakt zu halten. Vergnügliches und anregendes Lesen und wie immer vom feinsten bebildert. Gehört das auch zum Schönheit? Uns den Zauber der kargen Landschaft zu vermitteln? Es ist eine schöne Kunstform, der Leser merkt, wie die Landschaft auf die Fab Four wirkt. Hoffentlich bleibt diese Schönheit der Insel lange erhalten. Ich befürchte jedoch, dass solche Blogposts das touristische Interesse erweckt! 🙂
    Liebe Grüße,
    Jürgen

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    • Da hast du wohl recht, lieber Jürgen. Auf der anderen Seite bringt der Tourismus der eigentlich armen Gegend etwas Wohlstand. Die Leute machen jetzt B&B und es entsteht eine Tourismusindustrie, die es erst ermöglich, diese abgelegenen Gegenden zu bereisen, auf der anderen Seite auch dem Abbruch tut, was der Tourist sich wünscht, nämlich alleine in der Wildnis zu sein. Die verheerendsten Auswirkungen erlebten wir auf unserer Rückfahrt am Loch Ness. Dort ist es vor Touristennepp nicht aushaltbar, wir flohen quasi.
      Mit lieben Grüßen und vielen Dank
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  8. As always, the captured magnificence of a bleak but compelling landscape is artfully contrasted with interesting philosophy about why we find it to be so.
    Scenes from nature such as these put our small and transient lives into perspective, making us feel a part of something far bigger than our petty concerns.
    Love from Beetley, Pete and Ollie. X

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    • Good afternoon, dear Pete,
      thanks for your kind words.
      We think this feeling of being unimportant gives a freedom we all are longing for.
      The German author Goethe saw polarity as the mayor force of nature and we guess it’s polarity that makes us to perceive something as beautiful.
      With lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley xxx

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  9. Fab Four of Cley,
    What can I say? You show up with outstanding images of a beach that rivals those of the Pacific, tales of roaring toward a quiet village and oddities like a bus stop on no known route!! Always so enjoyable to stop in and see my friends. And, Klausbernd, great pose on the beach!
    Have a wonderful weekend, all of you!!
    GP Cox

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    • Dear GP Cox
      thank you very much 🙂 🙂 Your comments are always so kind!
      We didn’t exspect such beaches on the Hebrides, but Dina and Selma studied a lot of guides before we went. So we knew where to go.
      Actually our dear Master likes to be Dina’s model 😉 – he likes posing for her, but that’s a secret!
      We wish you a wonderful weekend as well
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  10. When I saw ‘lyskentyre’ I thought it looked familiar, and when I saw Dina’s photos, I thought “yes!”…. I visited in the late 90s, and thought it was the most beautiful sight! The colour of the sea, the colour of the sand, and sheep walking on the beach! Loved to see it again

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    • Dear Joan xxx
      thank you VERY much 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      We could immediately go to the Hebrides again and actually do the whole trip again.
      Scotland is really great! If Scotland would become independent we think about moving up north. Not only the landscape is great all people we met were very friendly – and pro European.
      We wish you a most wonderful GREAT weekend as well
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      We suppose you know that our dear Dina is in Norway until the middle of next month, oh dear 😦

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  11. Ich muss ja mal wieder sagen Ihr bringt mir eine Landschaft, die nur zum Träumen ist, ich bekomme fernweh Reiselust und noch viel mehr. Nur doof das ich soo ein dummes Anhängsel von Amt habe sonst wäre ich sogar schon als Tramper unterwegs und ohne Geld was ich eh nicht habe ich würde für meine Kost abarbeiten
    Erste Sahne Fotos

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  12. There are just too many terrific photographs to pass comment on! They make me want to go there, walk on the beach, stare at the hills, talk to the sheep and wait for a bus! Dreamy, wild and romantic!

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    • Thank you Klaus! Some years ago I went on two diving trips to the Orkneys. Loved that island – all windswept. We dived the German WW1 wrecks in Scapa Flow. Great memories!

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    • I can imagine that this was quite an adventure. We only saw those blockage-ships at Scappa Flow. And I have to admit I don’t like my head being under water. Did you visit Skara Brae? We might present some pictures from this megalithic village.
      We all have great memories of our staying on the Orkneys too and I suppose we’ll visit those islands again.
      All the best
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    • I don’t think we visited Skara Brae, but mostly I remember the diving, and the wildness and windyness of the Island. We did dive one of the block ships. A holiday I’ll never forget! 😊

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    • We can well understand this 🙂
      We want to go back to Orkneys as soon as possible. By the way, do you know “The Outrun” by Amy Liptrot (Edinburgh 2016)? You learn a lot about the Orkneys reading this autibiographical novel – well, it’s hard to say if it is a novel, something like memoires. We think it worth reading it when you like the Orkneys.
      Have a happy afternoon
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Jude
      “The Outrun” has actually two levels. One is the Orkneys and the everyday life there, the other is alcoholism. But it’s more Orkneys than alcoholism.
      Have a happy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Jacqui,
      Dina is very radical with her stopping, nothing can hold her back. Dangerous! Never drive behind her, it’s deadly 😉
      We wish you a very happy weekend and thanks for commenting
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Thank you very much for your kind words 🙂
      Scotland is really worth visiting!
      We wish you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley
      By the way, on the way to Scotland you will pass by Barter Books in Alnwick. You have to visit this extraordinary second hand bookshop. One of the biggest in the UK, full of rarities in a great shop which has been a railway station. Oh dear, we bought too much there …

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    • Thank you very much 🙂 🙂
      Oh dear, we can tell you to carry all of Dina’s cameras and lenses was a Sherpa-job. Wasn’t it great when photographers travelled with mules!
      We wish you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  13. Wonderful photostory, once again, Fab Four. What a great scenery! Aren’t we always on the look out for beauty, especially when we travel…
    I tend to look for it everywhere and in everybody. My aesthetic pleasure is not selfish; I seek at all costs to share it. Therefore, “The beautiful is what pleases universally and without concept” as Kant said. 🙂
    Sarah x

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    • Dear Sarah,
      our Master told us that Kant, Hegel and Adorno thought a lot about beauty. For Kant beauty is archetypal but we don’t agree. We think beauty is dependent on the culture the perceiver lives in. Since the 18th c a difference was made between the Naturschöne (beauty of the nature) and Kunstschöne (beauty produced by people). An old idea was that the Naturschöne is an “An-Sich” (Kant) and the Kulturschöne a “Für-Sich” (Kant). There was always a discussion if the Naturschöne, we wrote about, is kind of god-made or antropocentric. We Bookfayries suppose it’s antropocentric, meaning depent on the perceiver.
      Anyway, we Bookfayries tried hard to understand this all and hope we understood what our dear Master explained.
      Fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Dear Sarah
      thank you very much for an important point you made. Beauty needs to be shared. Beauty gets even more beautyfull if you can talk about it.
      Did you read Kant? I, Klausbernd, find Kant quite hard to read not only because of his extremely long sentences. But I like him as a forerunner of the enlightenment. He was quite a modern thinker in his times.
      Thanks a lot
      Klausbernd

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  14. The skies have been pretty heavy here today too (the evidence is on Instagram 🙂 ) but it’s easy to forgive in a landscape like that. Pure drama, isn’t it? Wishing you a peaceful, happy weekend!

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  15. I’m with Siri – it is very refreshing to be made to feel inconsequential. For me personally, the feeling has always been a kind of coming home, an all’s-right-with-the-world feeling, when I am dwarfed in a landscape.
    That adds a spiritual dimension, which isn’t a requirement for beauty, but certainly enhances it.
    Gorgeous photos my friends! So spacious, and empty — but full.

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  16. You brought your wellies with you on holiday! ! 🙂 That’s great part of a mobile holiday with a car. You look very smart on the beach, Klausbernd.
    I’m with you: YES to beauty and NO to mass tourism. Hmm, do I sound egoistic now? I didn’t mean to. To preserve the beauty, it’s important to look forward and plan carefully. I’m sure the Scots are sensible. Mass tourism is currently ruining the charme of Iceland.
    KLEM
    Hjerter

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    • Our dear Norwegian friend
      you wouldn’t believe it how much stuff we carried in our cars. We were equipped for nearly every weather and adventure. Fortunately we had the VW bus and the Volvo estate. In Dina’s Jaguar fitted just a handbag.
      Mass tourism kills beauty, what actually shows that beauty is antropomorphic. We hope that the Scotts are clever enough not to be taken by the tourist business in a big style.
      Takk og Klem
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  17. Wonderful photos, why this almost-barren place would appeal to me so much, I have no idea, but where I’m currently living, flatlander farm country, the view is blocked in every direction by little bushes, trees, cows, and houses. These expanses of beach look so appealing, allowing your eyes a respite and perspective, and make the viewer want to reach out and sweep his hand over the sand and water. That chair looks perfectly comfortable, I’ll just live in the bus stop for a couple of weeks! 🙂

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    • Dear Robert,
      we love it when our eyes are able to see the end of the horizon. And especially after having written the whole day on the computer it’s really relaxing. We have such vast beaches at the North Norfolk coast as well, but where we live there are too much trees blocking our view in the summer. It’s fine during winter time.
      Thanks and have a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  18. Danke für die wunderbar bebilderte Betrachtung und die Frage: “Ist Schönheit perfekt dosierte Spannung?” Die wunderbaren Aufnahmen der Inselwelt scheinen nahe zu legen, alles sei entspannt. Woher die Spannung? Die Musen wissen sie von Alters her in Schönes aufzuösen. Schöne Grüße

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  19. I became somewhat distracted reading this post as to why Dina (Hanne) is so called. So I went looking on the menu, but still no luck in finding where the name comes from. Anyway, back I came to the beautiful photos of an incredible landscape and the usual thoughtful prose. What is it about mountains and the sea (or lakes or fjords or even rivers) that seems to appeal to us? I like the idea that their size makes us feel small and insignificant. I like the idea that both will be around much longer than we will be. And I love the raw beauty that Dina along with her helpers, of course, captured including that wonderful shot of the Master on the beach in his wellies 😀
    Have a fab weekend in the garden guys!
    Jude xx

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    • We agree, light is everything and the stuff that photography is made of. The changing weather in Scotland means changing and dramatic light. Dina was always hoping for cloudy weather but, oh dear, in the very north we had bright sunshine and blue skies.
      Thanks a lot and a peaceful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Magnificent nature, light and of course silence make beauty – sorry, we forgot the sound of silence. But you are right, noise destroys beauty – if it’s not a natural noise and too loud.
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s pictures 🙂
      We wish you an easy weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  20. Diese Plätze gibt es, den Strand, das Meer….da weiß man doch wieder, warum man Erde gebucht hat!
    Und ihr habt sie “eingefangen” mit der Kamera….
    Großartige Bilder und philosophischer Text!
    Die Bushaltestelle ist mit extrem sympathisch, so würde ich gerne leben…. entspannt warten ob der Bus kommt oder auch nicht….
    Am Wochenende: Termine!
    Unten am Platz bauen sie gerade die Oldtimer Ausstellung auf, abends 30 jähriges Abitreffen und morgen Auftritte beim Stadtfest…

    Ich finde die Schönheit eures Blogbeitrages fast schockierend
    Liebste Grüße vom Schillerplatz

    Ohrwurm : Belinda Carlisle “Circle in the Sand”

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    • Wisst ihr, die sind gnadenlos da unten, die Oldtimer-Fans, eine sehr laute Band spielt Lieder: nach “Country Roads” jetzt “Eiszeit” von Peter Maffay…ich muss hier weg….Siri , Selma habt ihr einen Tipp für mich? Please!!!!
      Oje, beeilt euch, jetzt spielen sie für die Rock´n Roll Fans “Hound Dog”…
      Oder helft ihr mir rockend und rollend den Hausputz zu erledigen, damit ich schön verreisen kann in den Ferien?!

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    • Wie gesagt: Nordwest Schottland – atemberaubend schön, freundliche Menschen, alles fein – auch der Whisky und Gin 😉 und Musik wird wie in Irland auch aller Orten gemacht.
      Fairy dust von
      Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma, die liebklugen Buchfeen

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    • Herzlichen Dank, liebe Pia, dass dir unsere Post gefällt. Ja, prima, dass wir die good old Erde buchten 😉 es hätte schlimmer kommen können.
      Hab ein feines Wochenende, fröhliches Abitreffen
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  21. Wunderschöne Bilder! Ich komme gerade aus dem NW-Highlands und habe mich total in die Landschaft rund um den Assynt verliebt! Alles für mich perfekt, nimmt man mal die Midges davon aus! 😉 LG Simone

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    • Oh, du Arme. Wir waren wohl einen Monat früher unterwegs und sind von keinen Midgets angegriffen worden, ehrlich gesagt, haben wir keine gesehen oder gar gespürt.
      Mit viel feinem Feenhauch
      Siri 🙂 und 🙂 Selma, Feinde der Midgets

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    • Liebe Simone
      Wir fuhren so früh wegen der Midgets und es hat augenscheinlich geklappt. Außerdem auch wegen der Touristen – ha, witzig Touristen und Midgets zu verbinden …
      Wir fanden auch, dass alles im Norden der Highlands, der Nordküste und auf den Orkneys perfekt war. Wir könnt sogleich wieder losfahren.
      Mit lieben Grüßen von der sonnig warmen Küste Nord Norfolks
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  22. What an adventure! Thanks for taking us along with you…by your gorgeous shots and sweet narration, I really felt like I was there. The beach is really lovely and reminds me a bit of what I saw in the west of Ireland…

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    • 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Actually we are not these sun-and-beach-people. We had lots of fun there with a mix of rain, sunshine and fog. Dina loves this weather for photographing.
      Thanks for commenting.
      Wishing you a great weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  23. Bei solchen Bildern kann man einfach nur ins Schwärmen geraten und man wird auch ein wenig neidisch darauf, dass Ihr das alles in der Wirklichkeit erleben und bewundern durftet. Das war sicher noch ein wenig atemberaubender als die Fotos, die ich gar nicht oft genug anschauen kann.
    Und wieder gibt es bei Euch nicht nur tolle Bilder zu sehen, sondern auch eine interessante Frage zu beantworten. Was ist eigentlich Schönheit? Da fällt mit wieder dieser berühmte Satz ein: “Schönheit liegt im Auge des Betrachters.” Ich denke, da ist durchaus viel Wahres dran.
    Mir gefallen nicht nur Dinas Bilder, auch Selmas Satz: “Schönheit brauche keine Erklärung.” In diesem Sinne 😉 liebe Grüße von der Silberdistel

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    • Liebe Silberdistel,
      auch wenn’s vielleicht platt ist, aber wir finden auch, dass Schönheit im Auge des Betrachters liegt. Wir glauben nicht an Schönheit an sich.
      Tja, wir lieben so unsere kleinen Abenteuer und die lieben Buchfeen sind mit der liebcleveren Dina stets schnell dabei, alles zu organisieren. Das war auf jeden Fall eine megatolle Reise auf teils abenteuerlichen Straßen. Die Landschaft im Norden ist großartig, aber davon werden noch Fotos kommen und unsere Buchfeen hecken sicher tolle Texte dazu aus.
      Danke, dass dir unsere Post gut gefällt. Bis dann.
      Wir wünschen dir ein gaaaanz tolles Wochenende
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  24. Another delightful post. The photographs capture the magic of the scenery and atmosphere of the Isles – and we have an interesting philosophical problem to ponder on too.

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    • Thanks, dear Louis,
      beauty is something we use to take for granted, especially the beauty of nature. But we find it interesting what beauty makes beautiful. A classic Bookfayrie question. Maybe we don’t need to find an answer but it is helpful to think about.
      With lots of love from the sunny coast of Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  25. Isle of Harris looks fabulous! I love your pictures, everything looks stunning and so dramatic. It’s a place we would love to visit! We will relocate to Shetland islands soon, and we hope to have the opportunity to visit the Outer Hebrides and Orkney once we live in that part of the UK 🙂

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    • We really liked Harris and Skye as well.
      You go to the Shetland islands. We have never been there but we love to go. Orkney was the farthest north we have been in Scotland. Next time we go up north we will surely visit Shetland as well.
      If we understand it right you will live on the Shetland islands. That sounds GREAT. Happy moving – you are going there from Belgium, don’t you? What a difference! We very much hope you’ll blog about your life there.
      With lots of love from Norfolk
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Oh Skye is lovely, I have been there as well as on isle of Mull and I cannot wait to discover all the other Scottish islands. I’m from Belgium but I have been living in Yorkshire for the past 2 years now. It will still be a change of scenery for sure and another way of life! It sounds very exciting and we cannot wait! I’m planning to blog about my life over there for sure!

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    • Good morning, dear Brian,
      indeed, the Scottish islands are very special. We fell in love with the atmosphere there.
      Thanks and wishing you a wonderful Sunday
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Frank, good morning,
      no, Dina didn’t use any filters and the sky is not a product of post-production. It’s all real. But our dear Bookfayries are always asked by Dina to work their magic for having dramatic clouds.
      Thank you for commenting and all the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Frank,
      I brought a tripod and my filters with me, but I never got round to using them. Too much to see and do! 🙂
      I only photograph in RAW and the postprocessing is done in Lightroom and PS. I’m not really good at this, so I’m experimenting and trying to find “my” expression. I’m not quite there yet, but eventually … I love being outside with the camera, but not so the post processing, which is equally important. This part is often neglected and thus I have piles of images waiting for me. So much to see and do! 🙂 Have a great Sunday!
      Dina

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    • P.S.
      The last Insta-image of Kb on the beach is made with an old iPhone and post processed in Snapseed, using Drama-filters and all the stuff the App gives away. 🙂

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  26. Such beautiful photos and what wild and wonderful scenery! It’s so good to hear that Hanne, like me, is always stopping to take photos, a habit about which my kids always tease me! I can see I am going to really enjoy your posts! Thank you x

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    • Dear Candelo,
      we love to read that your kids will enjoy our post. Well, driving with Dina is quite a challenge, sudden stops and drivers behind us getting agitated. It’s never ever boring 😉
      Thank you very much for liking Dina’s pictures 🙂
      Wishing you a peaceful Sunday
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Driving in Western Australia in the Springtime is particularly fraught, as there are so many different beautiful wildflowers to photograph and you have to be a bit careful that you don’t get wiped out by other motorists! Luckily, many of the key wildflower spots like Lesueur National Park have one-way drives through them with plenty of safe spots to stop to take photos!

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    • In Scotland’s north most of the roads are single track roads with passing places. But stopping on a single track road not at a passing place, well, you are not liked for it 😉

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    • I don’t only suddenly stop when I’m driving. It’s even worse when we walk together. The paths around Norfolk are very tiny so we partly walk behind each other. My tempo is the quickest and I tend to be in the front. You can imagine what happens, several times every day. 🙂 Luckily we all love Snoopy and Woodstock so Klausbernd, Siri and Selma are shouting; “watch it, your brake lights are not working!!” 🙂

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    • Same! But that’s the way you get great photos- grabbing the moment!!! It’s always so hard if the photo opportunities are perfect and you are on your way to an appointment and can’t stop to take them!!!!

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    • I’m privileged and count myself very lucky that my beloved ones never object (unless they have a very good argument) when I want to get out and operate my camera. On the contrary, the offer to turn and go back if it was not possible to stop. If I’m happy, they are happy. ❤ 🙂 🙂

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  27. hello dina its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow that beetch duz luk like it cud be in the tropiks or maybe eeven heer in sandy eggo!!! altho that bus stop is a lot smaller then the wuns we hav heer!!! that luks like a verry intresting playse to wander arownd and sniff all the playses the sheep hav ben!!! ok bye

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    • Hi, Dennis
      ah, we see, you are in San Diego.
      Yes, there are lots and lots of sheep, much more sheep than people, but not so many dogs – except sheep dogs, very clever and busy dogs.
      If you are not afraid of water it’s a great place for wandering around, for running und sniffing.
      Bye, have a great dog-week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  28. Rugged, wild and beautiful I would describe the Hebrides, which you visited and described so well by text and photos. I had already a glimpse of the stark beauty of the islands in the North Sea, after our youngest son visited the Faroe Islands. This could definitely be the next destination for the Fab Four of Cley.

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    • Good morning, dear Peter,
      you wouldn’t believe it but we thought about visiting the Faroe Islands. We love visiting remote islands. One of those is Jan Mayen, we visited years ago and were very much taken by its wild landscape – in comparison the Hebrides look like southern paradieses 😉
      We wish you a happy and peaceful week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  29. I’m watching show called Shetland that has caused me to develop a romanticized idea of life in the Hebrides. I’ve never visited the place but I did look at air flights and spent a few hours with the visitscotland.com web site.

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    • Dear Khürt,
      the Hebrides are really worth a visit. We liked Skye very much but we were astonished how big this island is. It’s a paradise for hiking with grand sceneries. We went by car from where we live. It was a two days drive und driving around with the cars there on the tiny winding roads was lots of fun 🙂
      The visitscotland website provides a lot of useful information. We used it for planning our journey as well.
      Thanks for commenting and have an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Brenda,
      we met quite some cyclist there as well. We explored the islands driving in our cars and hiking.
      Thank you for liking Dina’s photos 🙂 🙂 🙂
      We wish you an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  30. Dear Hanne and Klausbernd
    Great captures Dina (Hanne) and a beautiful story. These words have touched me a lot: “Maybe beauty is perfectly balanced tension, we thought before we walked that grand beach in silence… “Thanks for sharing!!!

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  31. Given the size of the bus stop I assume the isn’t the busiest bus route in the world! Siri is a wise woman (and no I am not referring to Siri inside the iPhone: it makes people appear small and unimportant. “Isn’t that a big relief in a society in which we feel ridiculously important?” she asked. The photo above the bus stop is my favourite. It appers as if the ridges of rocks repeat themselves right onto the horizon. Enjoyed this Klaus

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    • Good evening, dear Abrie,
      there are busier bus stops in the world but hardly any more eccentric ones.
      Great that you like our post with Dina’s pictures. Thank you 🙂 🙂
      We wish you a great week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  32. Your pictures of South Harris remind me of our trip through Barra and the Uists , then Skye and Mull early in June. My blog has a few pictures that go a very small way to expressing the astonishing range of scenery we experienced. A very special part of Britain.

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    • Good morning, dear Simon
      indeed, the Hebrides are a very special part of Britain worth visiting. We liked the mountainous parts where we did a lot of hiking. Did you go by bike? We saw quite some cyclists there.
      Thanks for commenting and have a happy day
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Good morning, dear Campari Girl
      We loved Skye very much but we were astonished how large Skye is. Harris is only partly beautiful, most of it is quite flat boggy land. But we liked most the very north of mainland Scotland and the Orkneys. The only place we didn’t like and fled after 2 days was Loch Ness.It’s a tourist trap not worth going. We stayed there on our way back home. They had invent Nessy to lure people to this loch (lake).
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • We enjoyed every moment of our trip, but as said before only the loch Ness area was a boring tourist trap. We liked the mountains on Skye and the Orkneys best and driving the “wee-mad-road”.
      With fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Good morning, dear Julie
      we just watered all our plants in the garden with the last water from our butts. Siri and Selma are very busy weaving some rain magic.
      We were very lucky on our trip we only had the odd shower on the beginning of our trip and as further north we got as more it became sunny and warm.
      Thanks for liking Dina’s photos – so it was worth all the stops 😉
      We are divided concerning beauty: our dear Master and Siri are assured that everything needs an explanation or at least a try to explain, our beloved Dina and Selma thinks to see and be moved is explanation enough. Could it be that both are right?
      Thanks and lots of love
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  34. Beautiful pictures as always. The Hebrides are so picturesque and beautiful and you have captured it’s “time-stopping” essence beautifully. I’ve only spent 24 hours there and was mesmerized, hope to be back this summer.

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    • Thank you VERY much. We keep our fingers crossed that you’ll be back soon!
      We stayed more than a week on Skye and a couple of days an Lewis and Harris, but we easily could have stayed much longer, especially on Skye.
      All the best 🙂
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  35. What a great post, full of perfectly balanced tension! I think the young philosophers both were right about beauty. I made Siri’s discovery many years ago on the African savannah…and later understood Selma too is right – no explanation necessary 🙂 I can see your journey continuing happily in the ‘caravan’ of two: a Jaguar and a VW camper ❤

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    • Good afternoon, dear Tiny,
      maybe you would like to read the comment and our answer to Tina’s commentary (just the next one).
      We would absolutely agree that both Siri and Selma are right. That is the beauty of deep thinking that quite often it ends up with paradoxes. Our world and their perception is not as one-dimensional as we sometimes would like it to be. For question of what do we perceive as beauty there is no easy answer. There are always two sides of the coin as you write – as the two opposite ideas of our clever Bookfayries. The German writer Goethe found his answer to this dilemma by writing the nature of reality is polarity. Or one might even say polarity is life.
      Thanks a lot for your inspiring commentary 🙂 🙂 And isn’t there even a polarity of the fast Jaguar and the slow VW camper 😉
      In the next posts you’ll read how we got on.
      All the best
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • I liked your response to Tina, but it also made me wonder about my own cultural influences…my perception of (natural) beauty was born in the north – and I still like the cool light (a bit exotic now), but then I saw the beauty of the savannah, where the air trembles and the warm colors melt together…polarity for sure. And interesting to ponder 🙂 Just like the Jaguar and the VW camper…but where does the Volvo fit into this?

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    • P.S.
      I personally think if we don’t think about beauty the notion of beauty becomes meaningless like interesting, nice etc.
      All the best
      Klausbernd

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    • Dear Tiny,
      well, our reliable dear Volvo is the synthesis of the Jaguar and the VW bus: it’s fast and has lots of space as being an estate.
      As Dina was brought up in Norway and our dear Master partly in Sweden our idea of beauty was much influence by the North, clear lines, no embellishment, well, IKEA, Marimekko and Alvar Aalto was the ideal. Later we liked the Bauhaus.
      Anyway, we like it cool 🙂 🙂 🙂
      Warm greetings from Norfolk’s coast
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Tiny
      you will find some more reflections about beauty if you scroll down to Mariposa’s comment and answer – if it interests you.
      Wishing you a GREAT week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Dear Tiny
      I just read about the history of theories of aethetics and got the idea, that from the ancient world up to the age of romanticism beauty was seen as harmonious proportions (symmetry, golden section etc.). It were mostly artefacts getting the epithet beautiful. This entirely changed from the age of romanticism onwards. Beauty became something that is moving the onlooker, it had to do with feelings. And so the nature became more and more beautiful 😉 We have not overcome this romantic feeling yet. F.e. it enhances the beauty for us when we are in the nature, like on such a beach, on our own. The lonely hero, the genii are the romantic ghosts that are still haunting us.
      I wish you an easy week
      Klausbernd 🙂

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  36. How unusual to see such a tropical looking beach! I loved the question of what makes us feel the beauty of a place – very thought provoking. Personally, I think it always relates to the quality of light, often influenced by color. Sometimes a place can feel a bit boring but when revisited under different conditions seems very beautiful. Even people, if they have a certain light in their eyes, seem more beautiful. IMHO 🙂 of course.

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    • Dear Tina,
      we fully agree that the light matters very much for our perception of beauty. There are lovers of the cold and clear nordic light like us and there are lovers of the warm hazy light of the South. It might have to do with the culture that formed you. The perception of beauty is quite influenced by ideology.
      We don’t have the answers but we find it inspiring to think about our perception.
      IMHO 🙂 🙂 we suppose that beauty has to do with polarity and wholeness; it is influenced by fashion and ideologies and by our exspectations. And light is important and maybe archetypal forms as well.
      Thanks a lot for inspiring us to think about beauty again
      The Fab Four of Cley
      Do you know “The History of Beauty” by Umberto Eco?

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    • Dear Tina,
      you will find some more reflections about about beauty if you scroll down to Mariposa’s comment and answer – if it interests you.
      Have a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  37. Allein letzte Woche berichteten drei Leute, dass sie dieses Jahr nach Schottland verreisen…scheint ein Boom zu sein! (sie machen sich allerdings Sorgen wegen des Wetters)
    Ich schleppe mich ins Ziel, noch 2 Tage kreatives Tanzen und dann Ferien!
    Wir lassen gerade das Beast kommen, nix Beauty, wir musizieren “Katzenmusik” und tanzen dazu extrem schräge Bewegungen, malen Kritzelkratzel und schauen, was sich in den Bildern zeigt (es entstehen teils wunderschöne Kunstwerke daraus, ein Farb-Musik-Buch darf auch mitmachen; also das würden wir schöner gestalten können, Siri und Selma!)
    Alles für die lieben Kleinen…Eis, Melone, Kaffee und Gebäck für die Muttis in der neuen “2 Muttis dürfen da bleiben Ecke”

    Danke für diesen sehr inspirierenden Blogbeitrag!
    Das Leben ist gerade wieder sehr interessant und wunderschön zugleich, spannend wie ein Krimi war es schon immer….
    Ich freue mich auf die Natur im Odenwald und sende entspannte und herzliche Grüße
    Lasst es euch gut gehen!

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    • Liebe Pia
      zuerst einmal ENTSPANNEND SCHÖNE FERIEN!
      Tja, man fährt heute eben nach Schottland, Skandinavien oder in die Arktis, da es dort bislang nicht von Touristen wimmelte und sicher ist. Aber das hat seine riesigen Nachteile: Island ist so voll gepackt mit Touristen, dass die Einheimischen sauer sind. Beim Fotografieren muss man sich mit Gewalt einen Platz schaffen, von dem man den Wasserfall oder was immer sieht. Norwegen wird auch allmählich überlaufen. Aber wer will schon nach Ibiza, Mallorca etc. und Türkey ist eh voll out, Griechenland auch nicht gerade beliebt.
      Naja, wir fanden es echt toll in Schottland, besonders im hohen Norden. Es war nicht störend touristisch. Das ist natürlich auch eine Frage des Timingsund welche Ecken man besucht. Fürchterlich touristisch, voll shocking, war’s auf der Rückfahrt am Loch Ness.
      Also feine Entspannung im Odenwald wünschen
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • P.S.
      Eigentlich hätten wir das alles in Geheimschrift schreiben sollen, jetzt locken wir auch noch die Leute nach Schottland.
      Tja, der Tourist zerstört das, was er liebt.

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    • Geheimsprache!? Wie wäre es zur Abwechslung mal mit Klartext!

      Also, ich habe da eine Frage: In unserem Kinderfarbbuch mit CD gibt es viele Erklärungen zu Farben, ein weißes Lichtlaternen-Männchen und eine schwarze Hexe…nirgends etwas zu Pastellfarben oder gar Türkis…
      Das fanden die Ballettkinder etwas rückständig.
      Deshalb dachten wir, dass wir den Master der Farben mal nach Türkis und den Pastellfarben befragen könnten.
      Wie schafft es das Meer in Türkis zu leuchten und wer hat den Schafen diesen herrlichen Strichcode verpasst?! Und warum?
      Das interessiert uns doch sehr! Außerdem hätte Eda Suna, das kleine türkische Mädchen, das hier wunderschön tanzt gerne gewusst, was Türkey und Türkis gemeinsam haben?! Dass ihr Name Großmutter bedeutet, hat sie inzwischen verkraftet, sie ist erst 8 Jahre alt….
      So, Siri und Selma, ich sende euch herzliche Grüße, vielleicht interessieren die Fragen meiner Tanzschüler auch ein wenig eure Leserschaft…wenn nicht, sorry!!! Wir sind ständig in Bewegung, da tauchen Fragen auf!

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    • Liebe ❤️ Pia
      So viele Fragen …
      Fangen wir erst einmal mit Pastellfarben und Türkis an. Goethe und schon kurz vor ihm LeBlon erkannten, dass es im Grunde nur 5 Farben gibt, die 3 Primärfarben und Schwarz und Weiß. Alle anderen Farben sind Abkömmlinge dieser Farben, also Mischfarben. Pastellfarben sind die Mischung einer oder mehrerer Primärfarben mit Weiß, also keine eigene 🎨 Farbe, sondern eine Mischfarbe. Ich erkläre das in meinem Farbbuch genauer im Kapitel über Pastellfarben. Türkis ist auch keine eigene 🎨 Farbe, sondern im Farbenkreis die Mitte zwischen Grün und Blau oder anders ausgedrückt, 50% Grün + 50% Blau. Türkis hat in der Tat etwas mit der Türkey zu tun. Die Farbe 🎨 ist nach dem Stein benannt, aus der ihr Pigment gewonnen wurde. Der Stein 💎 kommt zwar nicht aus der Türkey, aber die Türkey war der Haupthandelsort für Tükrkise.
      Alles klar? 👌
      Ganz liebe ❤️ Grüße aus Cley
      The Fab Four of Cley
      👭💃🚶

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    • P.S.
      Wir haben es völlig vergessen SORRY 😦
      Warum sind die Schafe gekennzeichnet? Die farbliche Kennzeichnung zeigt nicht nur den Besitzer an sondern auch Alter und Zustand der Schafe. So werden z.B. auf den Orkneys kranke und auszusondernde Schafe mit einem roten Kreuz markiert. Die Markierungen sind von Gegend zu Gegend unterschiedlich. Also da hast du Recht, das ist quasi so etwas wie ein Strichcode oder besser gesagt ein Farbcode.
      Vom sonnigen Cley ganz liebe Grüße
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • Thank you very much, dear Adrian 🙂
      as I wrote Dina is in Norway right now but she will love to read your kind commentry.
      All the best to you and Chris
      Klausbernd :-), Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma

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    • Derar Ozn
      no, we haven’t – oh, we actually think, Dina has, but she is in Norway right now.
      Well, we are more nordic, we don’t like so much when it’s sunny all the time and warm. We need dramatic skies, rain, a bit of mist and cool temperatures.
      Thanks for commenting and all the best
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  38. You’ve captured nature’s tussle with itself beautifully through words and pictures. It’s fascinating how the weather can change from gloom to blue skies in an instant. Those dark grey clouds look intimidating.

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    • Good morning,
      we think that those dark clouds give this landscape a special atmosphere that seems to us very Scottish.
      Thank you for your kind commentary.
      We wish you a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  39. Jesus, so wonderful . I love the sparse landscapes, cloudy weather, wind and the sea. It is this mixture I’m really happy with. As always, superb pictures and explanatory text. Thanks a lot.

    Best regards from Freiburg

    Achim

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    • Good morning, dear Achim,
      we suppose this is a trip you would like to make as well. As further North we got as more manificient the landscape was. We’ll show some more pictures of the very North next. It’s the beauty of barren landscapes, high cliffs and endless boggy land surrounded by dark mountains. Sheer Scottish romantic.
      With warm greetings from the little village next the big sea
      The Fab Four of Cley
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • dear Eddie
      the north of Scotland has this romantic and dramatic wildness, it’s magnificient and worth a visit.
      For visiting the Scotland’s north you have to be quick. We have the feeling that it will getting quite touristy there in the coming years.
      Thanks and have a wonderful weekend
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  40. Beautiful pictures of a great landscape! Selma is right, beauty needs no explanation! 🙂 Beauty is pure, the unspoiltness! Nature is there to let us enjoy her pure unspoiltness, which is sometimes destroyed by humanity or treated with disrespect!
    Best regards, Heidi

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    • Good afternoon, dear Heidi,
      well, some of us disagree with Selma. If you don’t reflect beauty you end up in kitsch. To think about beauty makes you understand what beauty really means, otherwise it becomes such a non-sense word like nice, interesting etc.
      In some comments and answers above we discussed the problem with beauty which is actually an old philosophical problem. One consense is that every artist needs a theory or at least a reflection what beauty is. In art and philosophy since Hegel and Kant there was a difference seen between the beauty of nature and the beauty of arts. The beauty of arts – like Dina’s photography – is a different reality as the beauty of nature. A picture follows the structures of the iconographic reality and the reality of the art world. It is not just a mirroring of the reality of nature. A beautiful picture of a landscape is of course different to a beautiful landscape. But the connection is perception, therefore it’s said “beauty lies in the eye of the beholder” (Plato). That means thinking about beauty is always self-reflective. Just to see is not enough, it helps to know how how you see and why.
      These are the arguments against Selma’s idea. On the other hand why should not both ideas at the same time be valid? As Niels Bohr once said in his talks with Einstein: A truth is only valid if it’s contrary is valid as well. From this point of view Selma’s idea as well as Siri’s idea are only kind of half right. The wholistic understanding would be that both ideas are right at the same time and the one needs the other.
      Anyway these are some ideas about beauty so far. Above, in the comments of Tiny and Tina you will find some more reflections about beauty.
      Thanks and wishing you a happy week
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  41. Good evening, dear Fab four of Cley, with art you can connect all kinds of theories about beauty and then you are right to discuss the beauty of it! If I look at the pictures that mainly show scenery, is it nature in that case. And nature, without human intervention, means to show us the beauty in all forms, pure and untouched! Or do I see it wrong?
    For you also a happy week
    Best regards, Heidi

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    • Dear Heidi,
      No, not at all, you don’t see that wrong. Nature has a beauty of complexity. But as nature isn’t aware of its beauty it’s us, the onlookers, who project our idea of beauty onto it. We are nordic by heart ❤️ and for us beauty is barren land with clear lines.
      Thanks 🙏 for answering.
      All the best
      💃👭🚶
      The Fab Four of Cley

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    • Hi, Heidi,
      we learned in our Fairy-School that you cannot connect ALL kinds of theories to art. Only certain theories of perception do fit. – We hope we understood it right. We have to ask our dear Master who wrote his thesis about theories of aesthetics, especially Hegel and Adorno. But in the end all these theories are based on perception. We have the feeling that they all can be traced back to Bishop George Berkeley’s ideas about perception.
      Lots of finest fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Hi Sirifee, I’m not as clever as you, but I enjoy your contained views and ideas about perception … 😉
      Lots of enjoy…
      Heidi 🙂

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    • I am so happy that you are enjoying my views. Right or wrong is not a criterium but joy or boredom of the reader is it!
      Thanks, dear Heidi 🙂
      Lots of finest fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 xxx

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  42. Hai!! Im new here! 🙂 would u mind to take a look my blogs and give me some ur opinions? It would mean a lot for me! Thanks and have a good day!! 🙂

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    • Dear Steve
      We suppose those landscapes were formed by the same geological powers like vulcanism and ice.
      Thanks 🙏 for commenting.
      Have an easy week
      The Fab Four of Cley
      💃🚶👭

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    • You find similar landscapes in Norway as well. They all originate in vulcanism and then the ice age. Even in Greenland and Svalbard we saw those landscapes. The nature between those American and European landscape are similar but the cultural landscape is VERY much different.
      With fairy dust from
      Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma, the clever Bookfayries

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    • Dear Steve,
      on one hand we can see your point, on the other hand the Norwegians as the Germans, Italians and other European immigrants lost the connection with the vital culture of their homelands. The mass culture of the US soon made them all to consumers as everybody else. When we had to live in the US the groups of Germans there f.e. tried very hard to keep their German culture but for somebody from Germany that was a joke. We will say, landscape is not only physical but the culture based in history as well. And in this respect the coast of northern Scotland is genuin Scottish – and beside the physical we love this Scottishness, very small single track roads, little fishing villages, old fashioned shops etc.
      But we know neither Nebraska nor South Dakota, we lived several years in Vermont and Maine and sometimes worked in California for a term or two.
      Thanks for replying
      The Fab Four of Cley

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  43. This is simply a divine collection of images taken by Dina, supreme photography at its best!
    Your white Jaguar and leaving the girls in the dust made me crack up and giggle!! 😀
    Peace and love to you all! xo 💖 🕊

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