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Tiree Memories

Neil_DuncanLast week, I shared the above photo on Facebook and it received a great deal of interest.

The photo, taken by Fay McDiarmid, of Neil and Duncan MacKinnon (the Twins) from Balephuil had initiated a ‘thread’ of stories regarding the numerous characters that once lived in Balephuil. Stories of Eilidh Sheumais, Bean MhicAidh, Seamas na Cròige and, of course, the Twins, were shared and, after a suggestion from Andy Wright, I decided to start a Facebook group where people could share old photos and memories of the island.

Tiree Memories now has over 650 members and many old photos, videos and stories have been shared on the page. I’ve decided to share some of these photos and stories in each edition of An Tirisdeach, in the hope that those without Facebook will get as much enjoyment out of the photos as the many with Facebook have.

This week, it is only fitting that we start off with the inspiration behind the group, and that is this photo of the Twins on their way to gather whelks. The Twins were famous for their great sense of humour and, many stories concerning Neil and Duncan are still heard today. I’m sure many of you will have some great memories of the Twins; they are certainly sorely missed, not only in Balephuil, but throughout the island as a whole.


Looking For Scotland’s Top Nature Photos

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The hunt for Scotland’s best nature pictures is on, as part of a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) contest to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week.

The fifth annual Nature Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers. First prize is a one-to-one tutorial with a professional photographer; second prize is a Olympus E-450 Digital SLR camera; and third prize is a Panasonic Lumix F245 Digital Camera and a Hama Star tripod.

This free contest celebrates Scottish Biodiversity Week, which runs from 21 to 29 May. For more information on the week’s activities throughout Scotland, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.

This year’s theme is the gifts which nature gives to us all. SNH is looking for pictures which show these gifts, whether they are practical gifts like oxygen, food and water, or more spiritual gifts like awe, serenity or inspiration. Scottish Biodiversity Week organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said:
“Nature gives us so many gifts every day – actually, every moment and every breath we take. But it’s easy to take nature for granted. I think that’s the reason why pictures of wildlife move us so much: because we are reminded of our connection to the natural world. I always look forward to seeing what inspires people about nature, so I hope to see lots of terrific shots again this year!”

Entrants should email their pictures of animals, plants or landscapes to bit{@}snh.gov.uk by 17 June 2011,as an attachment with “Photo Contest” in the subject line. Entries must be original, have a title, information on how the image shows the gifts of nature, where in Scotland the photo was taken, and the entrant’s name and contact details. Each person may submit up to two entries. SNH will notify winners in August and the winning entries will be posted on the website and highlighted in the Scottish Biodiversity Forum’s quarterly newsletter.

For more information, see www.snh.gov.uk/biodiversityweek.