Jim Richardson@jimrichardsonng

NatGeo photographer: Scotland, environment, agriculture, wee places. Nonconformist, island zealot, backroad wanderer. Writer, lecturer, gadfly.


Three hundred riders charged up Scott Street during the annual Braw Lads Gathering in Galashiels, Scotland. This great tradition in the Borders region harks back to medieval centuries when marauding bands of reivers raided cattle. So town’s sent out mounted parties to protect their commons land, the ancient precursors of today’s summer celebrations called Common Ridings. A great spectacle to see if you are visiting Scotland in the summer, happening virtually every weekend in various Borders towns. I was on assignment for National Geographic Traveler for an upcoming feature on Scotland. @natgeotravel @natgeo @natgeocreative #scotland #galashiels #horses


For the past 40 years the people of Cuba, Kansas have let me (and my camera) be part of their lives. Now they are celebrating the 150 anniversary of the founding of the town at their Harvest Festival on July 21st. I’m printing a show for their community hall right now, favorite images of wonderful people and rich times. Come to Cuba and help us celebrate! #kansas @kansastourism @natgeo @natgeocreative #documentaryphotography #cubakansas


Hard to beat Orkney for old stuff. And the Broch of Gurness is a fine example. It’s an Iron Age (meaning “only” two thousand years old) round tower house. Extra cool because you can see all the dwellings that grew up around it, giving you the sense of village life in Orkney at the time. In the background is the island of Rousay which has more Brochs along the shore and a bunch of tombs you can crawl into as well. Orkney is rich in these sorts of dwellings because there were so few trees, hence everyday people were forced to build with stone. @natgeo @natgeocreative @nessofbrodgar #scotland #orkney #ironage #history #ancient


The cows of Orkney are such curious and gentle souls. Always a delight for me to see them again in the lush pastures, forever lolling about in the splendid grass that the long days of summer sunshine and abundant rain make thick and rich. It lends an refreshing air of tranquility to the landscape. #scotland #orkney @viewsofscotland @natgeo @natgeotravel #cows #curious #hipstamatic


Stone staircase in the Orkney home of the Arctic explorer John Rae who discovered the final link in the Northwest Passage. It’s now a melancholy hulk but local efforts are under way to preserve and restore the house and tell the story of this legendary figure. @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative #scotland #orkney


Neptune’s Staircase at the western end of the Caledonian Canal was living up to its name as we started the ascent. Water was pouring over the gates first thing in the morning; the canal lives on water and Scotland has plenty. We were aboard the Lord of the Glens beginning our trip across the heart of The Scottish Highlands. #scotland @natgeo #highlands @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative @natgeotravel


We were coming out of Kytra Lock on the Caledonian Canal just before arriving in Ft. Augustus. The wildflowers on this stretch are always pretty but today they were gushing beauties, along a canal originally built to haul warships across Scotland during the Napoleonic Wars. Two centuries has transformed our perspective a bit. #scotland @natgeo @natgeoexpeditions @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #wildflowers


The old derelict boat is still fading away on the shores of Loch Linnhe near Ft. William. Ben Nevis was shrouded in clouds when we got into Corpach, a scene of the ever changing Scottish weather and melancholy fortune so typical of this place. #scotland @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel #highlands


Back to Laig Bay on the Isle of Eigg and an old friend came out to greet me. I’ve met this border collie here before. Eagle eyed for visitors to the beach, he’s out in an instant to find a stick and teach you his favorite game. What a delight on a beautiful day. That’s the Isle of Rum in the background. Wish you were here. #scotland #isleofeigg @natgeo @natgeotravel @natgeocreative @visitscotland @hiddenscotland #dogs #bordercollie #island


Midsummers Day in my home town of Lindsborg today, that great celebration of the season and of life itself. Come join us in the dance on the green. #kansas #lindsborg @kansastourism @visitlindsborg #dance


While photographing the incredible Ness of Brodgar site in Orkney, Scotland we were faced with a real problem: after 5,000 years it can look like a big pile of rocks! You can pick out the buildings by eye but they tend to get lost in photographs. So we determined to light just one building so you could really see its outline. It took a team of four of us to light it during a five minute exposure as dusk was gathering. We only had about a 20 minute window when we could pull it off. Am anxious to see this year’s discoveries. Follow @nessofbrodgar to see more. And thanks to Adam Stanford for his help. #scotland #orkney #nessofbrodgar @natgeo @natgeocreative #archeology #neolithic


Traveling to Scotland and the Orkney Islands in the next couple of weeks brought back this foggy evening at the Stones of Stenness. We really went wild with the lighting but it was great fun. I must say it had a bit of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey for inspiration. I was aided in all this by my friend Jim Turner wielding the flashlight. Jim had his studio/gallery next to our gallery here in Lindsborg so working together in Scotland was a great collaboration. When I’m not on the road Small World Gallery is my creative home. If you are curious about that side of my work follow us: @smallworldgallery We have my photography, of course, but much more. Stop in. #scotland #lindsborg @natgeo @natgeocreative @visitlindsborg #orkney #archeology #lightpainting #mysterious #night #bluehour