Photographs from my travels.
Sun star at Ryatt Linn
I was up early today at silly o'clock.
So glad I did venture out, the sunrise was spectacular and with no wind the reflections were glassy and just as I have wanted to catch this picturesque spot which is only 5 mins from home.
I was thrilled to get back to Duncryne Hill on the weekend - even if it was a little early in the day.
Maddie (home from Uni), Jamie (her boyfriend), Isabella and Sophia took the short walk to the top and were greeted with a stunning view.
It was a lovely way to finish a perfect Sunday after spend time earlier climbing Dumbarton Rock to see the castle.
We had a delightful drive back through the Dales on Monday.
The weather was cloudy and moody - perfect.
The traffic was light and the scenery spectacular. I did manage to annoy the family getting several picture stops in. I haved a few to share over time, so sorry if I bore you - it's my kind of country and I loved photographing it.
My favourite photo from our drive throught the Dales on the way back from York.
This was a busy part of the road, but i just had to stop as the clouds were rolling in and the sun was still shining over much of the landscape creating tnis dramatic effect of light and dark.
The other thing that impressed me was just how neat the drystone walls are. I've always pictured them as rather fallen down piles of rocks. in fact they're quite the opposite, they are extremely neat and carefully maintained.
Newton Mearns Hill Light
Light and dark on the hills on Newton Mearns.
We have had lovely sunshine lately.
Today it is snowing and I love Scotland for its unpredictability.
An old gnarly tree is bathed in golden light early morning in Newton Mearns.
I had a fantastic time last night with Isabella we were filming and photography Maestoso a wood wind ensemble from Williamwood High, their last performance on home soil before travelling to Ireleand and France for performances. Highlights will follow - along with some of the photographs. They are an outstanding group of musicians.
You scratch my back . . .
I know this is a strange shot from me and it looks quite fake.
However it is real and is a cloud I saw at sunset at Whitelee Wind Farm last weekend. I was shooting uphill so it resulted in this delightfully shaped cloud sitting right on the horizon.
I love the moor grass here and have photographed it before with Sophia and have my favourite portrait of her taken in this location.
Hope you're having a great weekend, the weather in Scotland is wonderful, although I am in my little study editing another musical concert video. I hope to share some of it with you this week.
Rocky Stream, Wast Water
One of the photos I took on the way the Wales for a work conference.
I was on annual leave this day and we travelled down by car to take advantage of our travel through Cumbria and the Wye Valley.
This is a photo from a few I took at sunset in Wast Water. There was 3 minutes of light available when the sun almost broke through the clouds.
The small waterfall sits between Balgray Reservoir and Ryatt Linn. The channel runs away to the Waulkmill Glen Reservoir. The circle of white you see in the higher pond must be an underground pipe straight in from the larger reservoir that sits above this. We had a full day of rain on Saturday so I am guessing the systems kicked in to drain away some of the overflow.
I took this after capturing the house on the hill in the photo I posted on Sunday.
The light faded fast, but it was still 'technically' the golden hour so I kept taking photos as I just like to click.
I have a wider HDR panorama I'll post of this delightful little spot as I like the area alot and I'll be sure to return to re-shoot some of these with better light.
White house on the hill
I was a little out with my planning today. It has been a while since I checked the sunrise time and at 7.40 I flew out of the house for an 8.04 sunrise. This is 10 minutes from my place so I made it just before sun up. I took this hand held with no filters just to make sure I got a shot as the sun was peeking through a narrow gap on the horizon.
Fortunately it was a double sun rise day as there was another gap coming which enabled me to get some more shots later, albeit in more subdued lighting.
It is taken just up from Belgray Reservoir which is an area I first photographed when I received my Canon 5D Mark ii.
Black and white country light
A view to Whitelee Windfarm behind Eaglesham and from Newon Mearns. Another shot taken immediately before the Country Light picture from earlier in the week.
A storm front is approaching over Eaglesham. The light was perfect. I have hoped for a shot like this for years.
I was hanging around the house after a failed trip out this morning getting soaked - when Beccy suggested I take a walk and get a shot of the local Castle. I am foreever thankful for the suggestion.
This is a 12 shot monochrome HDR due to the distinct lack of light, it was raining. The flare in the tree is actually from a light not the sun.
From Wikipedia: Mearns Castle is a fifteenth-century tower house in Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, to the south of Glasgow, Scotland. The castle was built by Herbert, Lord Maxwell, under a royal warrant issued in 1449, and remained with the family until the fifth Lord was required by James VI to deliver it up to the crown.
The castle was originally a four-storey rectangular tower, and parts of the original corbelling remain. There is a vaulted basement room, approached from the main entrance. The first-floor hall, which is also vaulted, is approached by a straight mural stair; is has stone window seats, and once had a minstrels’ gallery. The original arched entrance is now walled up.
Sunrise at Waterfoot Falls. Part of yesterday's shoot, this was the best light available, a glimpse of sun for 4 minutes. I used an HDR shot for this one to milk as much as I could from the scene. I know many are not a fan of HDR but when you have to go with the flow . . . Hopefully the light will get better soom - in the meantime its good to play Wii with the kids.
Right on to Waterfoot Falls.
Waterfoot falls side on, on a dreary day after boxing day. Best light we have had in days, but still not much :-( Nice to get out with the camera still. Happy New Year to you.
Sky light on Waterfoot Falls.
Pink sky day before dawn in Waterfoot. Another from my photo shoot on the 27th. Was seeking more of the water pattern in this one and the grass in the foreground. Not HDR as the light was more even and muted, so I let the shadows do their work in this one.
On my way home from taking some photos as the boating lake, I was greeted with one of the best skies I have seen in Scotland. This turned out to be a record breaking day in the United Kingdon. The wamest September day in over 100 years. Papers read 'Crieff warmer than Crete.' This is a 21 shot HDR panorama of the autumn colours in the park.
I have a great affinity for this little spot. And since I spent a hurried, but enchanted evening here in Autumn I have wanted to bring the family back. With Maddie away at T in the Park music festival, Beccy, Isabella, Sophia and I enjoyed a beautifuil golden hour here after spending time on the beach in Troon and having dinner in Ayr.
Wind power road.
Whitelee Wind Farm, East Ayreshire. Whitelee Windfarm is Europe’s largest windfarm and is located on Eaglesham Moor just 20 minutes from central Glasgow. The windfarm has 140 turbines which can generate 322MW of electricity, enough to power 180,000 homes. Entry to the windfarm and visitor centre is free and with an interactive exhibition and over 70km of trails, there is a lot to explore!
Over the past ten years Whitelee has been carefully planned and designed to work in harmony with the existing environment and after three years of construction the windfarm is fully operational and producing clean, green energy.
Whitelee’s trails are great for cycling, walking and even horse riding.
Whitelee is also home to a 25 square kilometre area of habitat management, one of the largest in the UK with lots of interesting species to spot like merlin and black grouse. http://www.whiteleewindfarm.co.uk