Original art cards

I’m happy to say i’ve just added a batch of my original art cards to the online shop – I don’t usually put them online as it’s quite time consuming to photograph each one and then add it individually to the website. I’d done this batch ready for an art and craft sale this coming week but this has now been cancelled so I thought i would release them here 🙂

Each one is different, truly a mini piece of art, inspired by the wonderful colours of Uist – a bargain at just £4 each plus P&P

Here is the shop link:

All stocked up!

I’m really happy to say that i’ve had eight of my square card designs reprinted and four of the A6 card designs reprinted. All this new stock has now been added to the website 🙂

The only square design which now has low(ish) stock is Harebell. In A6 cards i’m out of stock of the Callanish Stones design and only a handful of Lewis Chessman left. At some point i’ll get them re-done.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

April 2022 update

I’m heading off to Spain mid-April to walk on the Camino de Santiago and won’t be home until June. Any orders via the website should be dealt with fairly quickly by my trusty other half Ian 🙂 I apologise in advance that I have very low or no stock of some cards – hopefully I can get some more printed when I return in June. I’m also hoping to be able to put more original art cards online then too.

It’s been a tough few years, losing my dear brother in 2019, I am dedicating my walk to him, in all I cut short three trips that year due to my own or other’s ill health and family emergencies. We all know what happened in 2020 which then continued on into 2021 and the early part of 2022 has also been tough with a lot of family stuff going on. I hope to just walk, clear my head, regain some creative enthusiasm, process a lot of emotions, taking my life on the way “one step at a time”.

May 2021 update

Things are still quiet here in the islands though since April 26th travel is now permitted again but I think there are still restrictions on the ferry capacity. We remain in Scottish Tier 3. I’ve taken the opportunity to visit Barra a couple of times in the last few weeks, camped both times. The first time was on foot to walk some of the Hebridean Way and last weekend I took my bike over and did some cycling – probably not the brightest idea having not been on my bike since August 2019 hahaha!

The Uist Craft Producers AGM is tomorrow, 8th May, hopefully there will be some news about the shop opening, though it will entirely depend on whether there are volunteers who feel comfortable manning it. At the moment, until I have my second vaccination I feel unsure whether I want to man or not. And anyway once i’ve had my second vaccination my plan, and first priority, is to wait three weeks then head down to see my family on the mainland – i’m desperate to see them – mum and dad, my two girls and my two wee grandsons, i’ve missed them so much!

Hopefully I can update you soon on the Kildonan shop situation.

In the meantime a photo from my Barra trip

Outer Hebrides Birds

At least these multiple lockdowns I have been able to get on with some non-Hebridean Imaging related projects – namely editing the Outer Hebrides Bird Report 2017. Hebridean Imaging is a major sponsor of both the Outer Hebrides Birds website and the bird report.

Report has finally gone to print and is available to purchase at The Shop on the OH BIrds website. The report has a stunning cover photo of a Hen Harrier food pass taken by Dean Eades

I’ve also taken this opportunity to update and revamp the Outer Hebrides Birds website which is now looking fresh and modern following it’s upgrade. This site make a great resource for bird sightings and information in the Outer Hebrides / Western Isles

Outer Hebrides / Western Isles Birds bird sightings and information

Further restrictions…

As of today the Outer Hebrides joins the rest of Scotland on a “stay at home” lockdown due to a covid outbreak on Barra. Like the rest of the UK I think we are all getting a little weary of this situation and finding it hard to cope with this second major lockdown (we’d been placed in Scottish tier three on Boxing Day). I’m going to miss the freedom of being able to go for a drive out or head up to Lewis to visit friends.

Taken on our last birding trip up to Benbecula, fabulous light at this time of year 🙂

Otter and Eagles

After the wet and windy weather over Christmas it made a pleasant change to have a cold, calm spell. Most of the lochs were frozen over, often with just a small ice free area where all the birds were congregating. While birding at Loch Bee we noticed movement which turned out to be an Otter running across the frozen loch – it must have been out to the unfrozen area to fish and was heading back to dry land. Just as it reached land we noticed there were also two White-tailed Eagles sitting out on rocks near the shore. Amazing to get both otter and eagles in the same shot!

I posted the photo on Twitter and I think it’s been the most popular photo i’ve ever put on there and has currently received 3.3K likes and 365 retweets!

Yvonne Benting Hebridean Imaging Photography Otter and two White-tailed Eagles on frozen Loch Bee South Uist Outer Hebrides
Otter and White-tailed Eagles, Loch Bee

Video production

Had a great week up in Lewis – I was able to get my wee van MoT’d and serviced and the garage also fixed the persistent oil leak.

Another reason for my visit was to have a catch up with my lovely friend Jane – we love to do creative things together and lately have been working together on her website. Jane was keen to make a video where she could talk about her mixed media printmaking process. So we set up a mini tripod with my iPhone and away we went. Very little post-production editing was needed, Jane is a natural when it comes to being filmed 🙂

Jane and I have plans for a joint art project which we’ll be working on during 2021. Can’t say much more than that but all will be revealed later in 2021 hopefully 😉