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Slideshow photographs: Main Street, Tobermory; Main Street from Tobermory Bay; Statue, Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Gulls on Tobermory Bay; Main Street; Tobermory Harbour; Tobermory in dreich weather; Puffin souvenirs; Tobermory from near An Tobar; Tobermory Harbour.
Slideshow photographs: Ardalanish beach; the island of Inch Kenneth; Foxgloves and the Paps of Jura; Answers on a postcard – Ardalanish; The Paps of Jura; Mull beach; Boat, Jura; Loch na Keal; Highland cows, Loch na Keal; Eas Fors waterfall; Old boat, Pennyghael.
My photography received a wave of unexpected attention yesterday, when theQI Elves(researchers for the BBC quiz show QI, hosted by Stephen Fry) found one of my posts and tweeted it to the programme’s followers.
The interest took my breath away: the post – a photo set of puffins on the Scottish island of Lunga – was viewed 1,620 times between lunchtime and midnight (last year my entire site received on average 15 views per day). A couple of visitors even left a comment. On my previous busiest day there were about 140 page views across MY EUROPE; yesterday the number was 1,999 (more than 10% of total visitors to the site since I created it in 2008).
The fleeting popularity that the QI Elves granted me made my day – but it is the puffins who deserve the 1,620 new fans.
AND THEN…: The QI Elves got back in touch a few months later, to ask whether they could use two of my puffin photographs for the programme’s website. They can be found on QI’s “Puffins” page.
A role in Balamory, a BBC children’s programme about a small Scottish community, has seen Tobermory become a popular choice for visitors to Scotland. The real Tobermory (from the Scottish Gaelic Tobar Mhoire, ‘Mary’s well’), on the north-east tip of Mull, is a lovely place to spend a day or two; it is a small town of friendly people, brightly-coloured craft shops, and cafes that whip locally-caught seafood into delicious meals.