Our calendar comp winner shares his love of the outdoors
Published on: Thursday 27th November 2014
Peter Flaherty is the winner of the photography competition that asked people to explore and photograph a network of 14 Commonwealth Woods in and around Glasgow and Lanarkshire. He won best picture overall with his stunning shot of Lang Craigs wood overlooking Dumbarton. Here he tells us why he loves walking in his local Commonwealth Wood.
First of all I'd like to thank the judging panel for choosing my photo as the winner of the Commonwealth Woods calendar competition. There are a lot of good photographs and talented photographers, so to find out I had won was a very pleasant surprise and the calendar will hang proudly on my wall. The gallery of entries made me realise how beautiful the scenery and wildlife is in other Commonwealth woods. I'll be sure to check out the places I haven't visited.
Going hill walking in Lang Craigs and beyond is a favourite pastime for me. The fresh air, tranquillity, the views and getting away from the hustle and bustle with my walking boots on is always pleasurable.
After a while I realised that my memory of that glowing sunset or those spectacular flowers in bloom was fading and no amount of explaining it to others seemed to do it justice. I found photography the perfect complement to hill walking. It combined my love of the great outdoors and challenged me to be creative and look at things from a different perspective.
Lang Craigs and the Kilpatrick Hills are places I've been going to for 20 years. I feel an affinity with them and no matter if it is bathing in the sunshine or traipsing up the Doughnut hill in wind, hail, rain or snow I'll always go back there to take photos and spend the day in a place I enjoy. I'd encourage anyone to do the same.