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The Soft Hiss of Lead

This is an old picture. Taken at least 30 years ago. I’m not sure if they allow such shenanigans these days. Firing shotguns beside a tourist attraction busy with tourists – hmmm!

I wandered down the path below the monument to the shore of Loch Shiel and walked along the water’s edge and as I passed in front of the shooters I was astonished to hear the sound of the shot from their cartridges falling into the bushes and low-lying heather beside me, a soft hiss of lead.

Clay pigeon shoot, Glenfinnan, Lochaber 1981 copyright John MacPherson

Clay pigeon shoot, Glenfinnan, Lochaber 1981 copyright John MacPherson

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SNH National Nature Reserve Staff feeding highland cows and Rum ponies, Isle of Rum NNR.  Copyright: John MacPherson

SNH National Nature Reserve Staff feeding highland cows and Rum ponies, Isle of Rum NNR.
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