Halloween 2012 in Inverness Scotland. - Dreamstime

Yesterday was Halloween so its surprising that this morning I already have images on Dreamstime.

It came about because Highland Council arranged entertainment on Ness Islands for the evenings on Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th October. This was a brave decision because at this time of year, the islands situated in the middle of the River Ness can be flooded and / or underwater. The illuminated islands are reached by a bridge across the river and have many large trees. The tradition of Halloween goes back to the Pagan holiday of Samhain. This was replaced by All Saints Day also known as the Day of the dead.

Many Wiccans and modern Pagans celebrate the day of the dead. It is the day the souls of dead people come back to Earth.

Here are a few of the images I took using my Nikon D700 with off camera flash. Capturing the pictures is challenging with the participants constantly moving outside and in dark areas under trees. The answer is of course to take lots of images and to analyse them , as usual, at 100%. If you cannot see the eyelashes in an image bucket it. Here is a zombie girl

. Then a resurrected Scottish solder complete with sword.

Next a woman victim and a dying rat !

A woman who said she died of an accident in the kitchen.......... an unlikely tale as it appears to be a sword which has penetrated her body !

A woman playing a flute-like instrument recalls the Pied Piper of Hamlin and the rats !

Further images of a real witch [ acrobat ] flying through the trees and one of Count Dracula's brother are in my pending files.

I want to say thank you to Gerry Reynolds of Highland Council for now, annually, creating an Halloween event......... good for the local population and for tourists and tourism. Its certainly a challenge to photographers though the trees on Ness Islands kept the camera dry despite the drizzle on the 27th October.

Photo credits: David Watmough.

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November 03, 2012


Wow, you have a lot of zombies there! It looks like you (and the costumed ones) had a lot of fun. I love Halloween. I hope these sell for you. :) Best wishes!

November 01, 2012


Great images for Halloween. Good luck.

November 01, 2012


Children mostly realize it is fun pretending to be witches on broomsticks and that the sword doesn't really penetrate the heart and the blood is really red dye ! Children come in costume and enjoy taking part.
Sooner or later we all have to face the realities of life and death. Children's fairy stories tell of witches and horrors so there is no hiding place ! David

November 01, 2012


lol I wonder what other countries think about halloween... as an american its a big thing here. I posted a few.. but I tend to go for the ohhh cute! costumes with the little kids. I have 5 grandkids but they were too far away last night to photograph and had to do with photos from mom and dad... my grandson vinny was 'vinny the pooh'... hmmm therapy needed there some day? lol david, these are wonderful. most of all you got out and played on a drizzely night... something we did NOT do last night in cold rainy michigan. happy halloween![imgl]27192540[/imgl]

November 01, 2012


Halloween is hard to understand for me. Preparing children for shrink when they grow up?

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