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Oronsay Priory, Isle of Oronsay, Scotland

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Image ID: DSC7134

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THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOGRAPH

David RossThe small island of Oronsay is joined to the southern tip of Colonsay by a tidal strait known as The Strand. Though the water level is fairly low, it does mean that you cannot safely make the crossing to Oronsay unless the tide is out. In the summer months there is often a line of people waiting on the Colonsay side while the tide recedes and they can safely cross to Oronsay. Though much of the island is a nature reserve, the main reason most people visit is to see the ruined medieval priory, located a good 30-40 minute walk from the southern edge of The Strand. The priory was founded by the Augustinian order around 1325, perhaps under the patronage of John, Lord of the Isles. It is thought to stand on or near the site of a 6th century monastery founded by St Oron, after whom the island is named. I had made plans to photograph the priory, and calculated that late afternoon light might be the best. So I picked a day when the tide times provided a small window of opportunity in the late afternoon and early evening. I made the crossing wearing rubber boots as soon as the water level started to drop, carrying my walking boots over my shoulder. As soon as I reached Oronsay I changed into my walking boots and stashed my pair of rubber boots behind a rock by the shore. Then I hiked as fast as I could to the priory, and spent several enjoyable hours photographing as the sun settled in the western sky. All the while I was taking photos I was conscious that I needed to get back before the tide rushed in once more. If I didn't make it I'd be stranded overnight on the island, not something I was looking forward to! As usual, I could barely tear myself away, and I practically ran to The Strand, arriving just as the sun was setting, but more importantly, just before the tide completely covered the strait. Its a good thing my rubber boots have high sides.David Ross Photography signature

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