I got a taste of home this weekend. Diana and I went to the Highland Games here in Vista, California.
I took along my Leica M (typ262) with the 90mm Summicron APO and my Summilux 50 APO. No film this time around. I only had a few rolls of Ektar at home and would have much preferred Portra. Black and white film just didn’t seem appropriate.
For those who might not know, I grew up in Scotland till I was almost sixteen, most of my formative years. I was an avid dinghy sailor usually on the Holy Loch sailing Merlin Rockets. My closest friends were part of that sailing group, we were always hanging around the Holy Loch Sailing Club all year, even when the short sailing season was over. My hometown of Dunoon hosts the Cowal Highland Gathering in August every year, the world’s biggest highland gathering. From early in the morning, pipe bands from near and far used to march off the car ferry from Gourock up through the main street to Dunoon Stadium. I could hear the bands from our home on Hillfoot Street. The stadium hosts all the major events of the day including highland dancing, tossing the caber, pipe band contests, etc.
After a full day of celebration the real event for me was watching the bands march back to the ferry in various states of consumption.
But the games in Vista are much smaller than the one in Dunoon. Nevertheless, they were fun and brought back great memories of my hometown of Dunoon. Here are a few of my favorite shots.