Letters From A Northern Landscape

Jim Crumley visits the landscapes which are part of his belief system and shares them with us.

According to him, "Landscape takes the place in my life that religion occupies in others."

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Jim Crumley visits the landscapes which are part of his belief system and shares them with us.

According to him, "Landscape takes the place in my life that religion occupies in others."Of the Balgay in Dundee, where Jim Crumley grew up, he says, "...

From its modest summit there was a 40-miles wide swathe of river and firth and open sea, all the way to the Bell Rock lighthouse.".

02Carn Elrig2004041820040424

A lowly outlier from which to view the great Cairngorms.

"...the loch is hidden until the last stride, as it is from the headwall.

Sometimes in June it is host to a small flotilla of icebergs, barging into each other, crackling the space with echoes.

03 LASTCrackaig On Mull2004042520040501

They were instinctive stonemasons rather than architects.

They built matter-of-factly with what was to hand, an organic process, buildings as landscape.

But the island folk were cleared to this clifftop from the fertile valleys inland to make way for sheep.