A group from the Resource Centre in Lochgilphead took part in a photography workshop hosted by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
The 10 adults had a day out with their cameras at Taynish National Nature Reserve near Tayvallich, after a slideshow and a talk by SNH’s photographer, Lorne Gill.
As soon as the group arrived at the nature reserve, out came the cameras and the tripods and the total immersion experience got going.
Lorne encouraged them to look at things from different angles and take notice of the patterns, textures and colours of their surroundings.
Capturing images of plants, trees, lichens, bark and water, the group hope to include their pictures in a fund-raising venture at the centre later in the year.
The Resource Centre provides a day care support service for adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities.
Some members of the group were already familiar with SNH and the local staff. Flora, Iain, Campbell and Colin all work with the Argyll Assisted Employment Team, run by Argyll and Bute Council – and contracted to keep the grounds of the SNH office in Lochgilphead looking tidy.
Colin is also a volunteer on the Argyll national nature reserves, working with the site management team on a range of practical wildlife projects. He was able to show his colleagues from the centre some of the work he has been involved in at Taynish Mill, which is being restored at the moment.
Colin says: ‘I liked learning about the butterflies, birds, flowers, heather and the pond. I can now take black and white photos on my phone.’
Catriona Gorrie, one of the day centre officers says: ‘The pleasure on people’s faces while out and about in the wood was outstanding.
Lorne spent individual time with everyone to help them with their cameras and this helped their enthusiasm and confidence greatly. I found it inspiring, informative and tremendous fun.’
The day finished with a loud unanimous request to do it again soon. Lorne says: ‘It makes the workshop even more worthwhile when you hear the feedback that people gave – they were a lovely group.’
Taynish – a remote peninsula on the west of Loch Sween, with its tranquility, its ancient oak woodland, its sea and freshwater lochs and shores, is one of 50 national nature reserves across the country, special places that look after some of the best of Scotland’s nature for everyone who lives here or visits.
Note: The photograph above is of Paul McNab taking pictures at Taynish.