Bird Footprints, Durness Dunes. ( Pancreatic Cancer Enhanced Recovery Programme - Glasgow Royal Infirmary )
Durness is perched at the extreme north west corner of the Scottish mainland, very close to Cape Wrath. Fortunately, its isolated position has helped spare it from any serious development. What I find inspirational about the area is the enormous sense of space, wonderful unspoilt landscape and the close presence of the sea. As a consequence, especially during the summer, it gets lots of visitors, but apart from the hub of the village centre, these tourists seem to be easily absorbed due to the vastness of the area.
On one July visit, I headed out of the village to the headland. Across the bay from the golf course, I came across a wonderful dune landscape empty of people. Sand dunes fascinate me and I love photographing them. They are like natural works of art created by the elements, often changing quickly. They can be mesmeric, as patterns created by shadows and the wind constantly move across the dunes’ surfaces. I became so absorbed exploring every nook and cranny, that four hours disappeared. One last look, and I discovered a new set of intricate patterns that had just been created by a bird's feet.