Sun, 31 Dec 2017 13:18:49 +0000Beautiful gnarly old tree
More nature pictures on my website
On Boxing Day I organised a mountain walk to Shepherd’s Hill in the Cairngorms, an easy ascent to a 810m summit. We were a group of 20 people, community members, foundation staff and guests. On returning to our cars through the Ryvoan Pass we took the side path through the ancient forest. I lagged behind, neglecting my position of leader of the group which should be up front, taking pictures of the many beautiful snow-covered ancient trees. It paid off: I found the time to take this picture of a gnarling old tree.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 15:58:43 +0000Long evenings
Sun, 22 May 2016 12:34:24 +0000Road block
Close encounter with a Highland Cow… but I had expected something more majestic, proud and sturdy. Seen too many postcards in tourist shops, I suppose. Anyway, it was colossal enough to block our way when we returned home from Iona yesterday. It took a while before it decided to step aside to browse the grass in the verge.
Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:45:05 +0000London Underground
We spent our wedding anniversary in London, not because we love city life, but because Eveline needed to go to the Dutch embassy for a new passport. We made the best of it, started in good spirits, survived the second full day because we went to Kew Gardens and now are greatly relieved we’re back home again. Picture taken in Turnpike Lane Underground station, close to our B&B, when we were arriving and still fresh.
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 07:47:17 +0000Business cards in the Bakehouse
Both Eveline and I had new business cards made, and we’re spreading them in public places. They’re sitting here on the windowsill of Bakehouse Cafe in Findhorn Village. Lots of other sole traders had the same idea, so our business cards are like wild flowers competing with the other wild flowers in a crammed meadow.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:20:30 +0000Mountain walking with his daughter Andrea
Walk to Bynack More, first Sunday of this month April. Again my daughter Andrea joined the walk, and although it was three times longer than the last one to Sheperd’s Hill, and much more off path, she wasn’t particularly tired at the end and enjoyed it thoroughly. This time no sunshine but a lot of mist and clouds, showing another kind of beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Mon, 25 Apr 2016 08:59:54 +0000Traigh Bhan on Iona in a cold night
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 07:48:12 +0000Moon over Findhorn village
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 15:21:47 +0000Sunset over Findhorn beach
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:58:34 +0000East Whins by night
Winter nights in the Park are dark. This is for a reason: street lighting is minimised to keep disturbance of night animals as low as possible. Also in East Whins, our own estate, is this principle followed: little lights at ground level are barely enough to guide us along the paths and everybody carries a torch. The picture is of blocks 1 and 2, at 6400 ASA and 1.4 sec shutter speed, camera in hand. The image looks brighter and more colourful than in reality, due to the superior sensor in my Canon SLR. I couldn’t bring myself to darken the image in Photoshop.