Just a few still shots until I get time to edit the videos I shot today. So please come back in a little while.
I accidentally had a holiday today.
I've been so busy lately I haven't taken many photos, but I kind of got caught up a bit, so I decided to go out for a walk today and see if I could maybe catch some autumn colours. I had a nice walk in the woods and then decided to treat myself to lunch. The nearest place I could think of was Falkland which was just sitting there posing for photographs - there was also this nice bloke selling lovely ice cream. We chatted for ages. I think his name was Craig (or was it Greg?) [sorry mate!]
This is where I had a smashing lunch. The Lomond Tavern.
This was only £5, and was delicious. :o)
Here are a load of photos, you can click on any one and use the right arrow to advance through the series.
Been a bit busy to do much photography this month, but got some new lenses to try out, so had a little bit of a tentative play.
Highlight of the month was meeting a guy called Peter who was once a photographer with Island Records and did photoshoots with Bob Marley and Steel Pulse. How cool is that? I met him on my part-time courier round and we chatted for ages. What a fascinating character he was.
He also keeps a blog with a lot of local photography from my patch in North Fife so please visit his site at this link
Peter Mannox North-Fife Blognorth-fife.blogspot.co.uk/
"My New Office" is when I worked out I could do my transcription work on my laptop, so took myself off to Loch Mill with a picnic and set up a folding table, footpedal and headphones and did my typing in a beautiful setting with my camera on a stand ready for photo opportunities. Nice to get out for a change.
Then I found some Monkshood which is increasingly rare these days so I have been keeping an eye on a local wild patch. It is a beautiful plant & the bees love it.
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As you know by now I love shooting Flora & Scenery.
One of the things I often stop to snap are golden fields of rapeseed, of course, they are everywhere these days, so no big deal, but I think if you can get the right backdrop or feature it adds interest, so I was pleased to find this expanse of gold today on my rounds. With nice rolling hills on the horizon and a lovely little church right in the middle of it.
As for the Blue, well, I have never quite been in the right place at exactly the right time and had much in the way of opportunity to photograph bluebell woods. Obviously in Scotland we have a different Bluebell, the Scottish Bluebell, which I think is the "harebell". The blue flowers the English get are actually field hyacinths, which is what these are. Nevertheless, I counted this as a great opportunity and one of the best, thickest bluebell patch I have ever stumbled upon. Oddly enough at this time of year these images do pop up and I was racking my brain where I might find one, when today I took a different route for a change and stumbled upon a track I hadn't been on before. I was chuffed to bits to find it.
I caught up with some work a bit and decided I need to hit the shops, just quickly for some essentials. Then I had this bright idea I'd pick up some chips at the take-away next door, tch... Tuesday (Closed).
So I though, "Ach, I'm near enough Perth, I'll pop into Perth and see if I can find a chippy". I took my chips up the park looking over the river and of course I had my camera with me as usual, so I went for a wee walk. I saw some lovely flora and caught the unusual sunset on the way home, so I veered around by Bridge of Earn to catch the reflection in the River there.
Some stuff I needed to empty from my camera and a little trip to the shop when it was such a nice day I decided to take my camera and scived off for a little while. I have been hoping to catch the blossom in the church yard near Abernethy Tower.
A couple of sets of snaps;
Obviously Spring has arrived and I have come out of hibernation after the rainy season, so I am starting to take shots again.
Just emptying the camera after a few days;
Oh Dear, some of them have fallen on their sides during the upload...
... later people, it's late and its been a long day! (please forgive me!)
This month I have been doing some courier work. It is surprising what you find, so I like to take my camera along on the road. These are from Spring 2016, mostly March.
Took Mum to visit the Logan Botanical Gardens this weekend.
We had lovely weather and some good chuckles. Some highlights and a gallery of Floral Photographs below.
A Lady asked if we wanted a photo of the "Queen Mother"... one of her daughter's had just been crowned Queen of the local Pageant in Newton Stewart. (How could I refuse?)
... and, of course, as usual, a gallery of flora photos
I went by Newburgh to catch the Sunset over the river Tay and chanced across a couple of guys playing on Jet Skis.
I have two short videos, I hope to post the other later on.
I also got some stills shots, so click on any one to view full size
Took advantage of being in St Andrews to have a wee visit to the Botanic Gardens today.
I honestly feel a sense of peace descend on me the minute I drive through the gate. Good for the soul. Met some nice people to chat to briefly, including a lovely couple up for a mini-break from Melrose way. If you found your way to the website I hope you enjoy these pics.
I sat for a while and had myself a little mini-picnic then enjoyed a smashing fresh coffee in the newly opened conservatory - lovely atmosphere. I wished I had taken some water colours to paint some flowers... and I don't even paint. To be honest tried drawing once and, whilst I was reasonably satisfied with my creation I find it so much faster to just use a camera, but I often wish I had the patience to paint the flora the way I see it.
I got a discount deal on a photobook and as an unexpected bonus they issue a link to an online version. Sadly the book itself is too expensive to sell, but if you'd like to see how it turned out please visit this link (make sure to open full screen as it appears quite small online anyway) THIS LINK MAY NOT WORK, sorry nothing I can do about that as it is on Bonusprint's website.
In particular iPads don't seem to like it.
I decided to go for a run and just see what I could see to photograph.
I headed for Perth and veered off on the Rhynd road - suddenly spotted a field of Sunflowers, sadly a bit past their best and not as symmetrically planted as I might like - but sufficiently unusual (in my experience) to warrant a few shots.
I have tried growing Sunflowers to get a really nice close up of the seed patterns, but not had any success this year, so this was a good consolation prize for me.
Then I snapped the Tower on Kinnoul hill and also spotted an old phone box that I had not noticed before.
I stopped just above the motorway bridge to take some shots of Perth with the distant mountains in the background.
I ended up in Perth just below the railway bridge and met another chap with a camera he was also called Ian and had come from Helensburgh to photograph a new type of train, with "two sixty-eights" which apparently is a the newest deisel engines. I went back to the car to get a different lens and nearly missed it, but got one blurry shot. I had a nice chat with Ian, then it was Sunset so I headed up the Dundee road to catch some sunsets over the skyline of Perth.
One of the highlights of my day was discovering a walnut tree just starting to drop nuts. I was dead chuffed with that as, again, they are sufficiently unusual to pique my interest.
Sadly I think they were too far gone to pickle, which I am very keen to try out, but maybe next year now I know where it is. It is a lousy shot as by then it was getting quite dark, but I left it in anyway.
A miscellany of shots I don't particularly rate, but I enjoyed my little outing.
Feeling a strong need to clear my head of the surfeit of politics, of which I have had a bellyful recently, I took myself over to St Andrews Botanic Gardens to connect with Nature and occupy my mind with the beauty of the flora there.
As always there was plenty of interest and I had a nice pleasant time.
I picked up some snacks at the bakers locally and had a little picnic in the good sunshine. Very therapeutic.
Woke this morning on the day before the referendum.
Decided to go for a wander, but there was a lot of fog and mist and the light wasn't brilliant.
Ended up passing by the SNH at Loch Leven just as they were emptying the Moth Traps, so got a few shots of those, a couple of Loch Leven and some bits and bobs that were in the camera from last outing.
I like going to the Golden Loch. It is a lovely quiet place with a very peaceful atmosphere.One can usually get a photo of something there, be it the flowers by the water's edge, or fishermen, or wildfowl. Today some swans and wagtails.
One of those nice days when I felt I should get out with my camera and just wander around with no particular agenda and see what serendipity brought my way.
I had it in mind to try and snap some dragonflies.
I headed off and found myself in Falkland, the light was good and it seemed like a pleasant spot. The local church was selling coffee and cakes, so that decided the matter.
I got a friendly welcome from the nice old ladies at the Kirk and sat outside with my coffee and fairy cake and just shot some photos of anything nearby.
Then I wandered about a bit and took some more snaps.
I wandered off again up to the forest and climbed the hill to see if anyone was using the off road cycle trail and jumps. There weren't many people around and I couldn't really find anyone doing anything particularly brilliant but I managed to catch one guy doing a jump and got some blurry pics of that. The light in the forest is not ideal, I think I need more practice and set up the white balance to custom mode. Maybe next time.
Then I drove around to Leslie, where I passed a skate park with some lads doing jumps & stunts, so I thought I might get some better photo opportunities there - and the light was good.
I asked if they minded and they said it was okay to take some photos, so I took a few shots. I wanted to try something new with the repeat shoot feature and edit them into one scene. So some of that is included here. It is first attempt, but I quite like the technique, so I might try that again sometime.
Then I wandered off again, heading for Portmoak and, on a whim headed up to the left of the R. Leven as the clouds were looking interesting and I thought I might get a nice scenic shot.
I stopped at the top of the hill and a young lad came over the hill pushing a bike. He said "hello" and I replied and asked how he was doing. "Not so good...." and he told me his back axle had broken - ball bearings all over the road. So I put his bike in my car and ran him home to Glenrothes.
Off to Portmoak where I saw a beautiful Harley Davidson, so I snapped that and headed off round the Moss. Sadly they have flattened it with a bulldozer and it was like a battlefield. Presumably some kind of clever long-term environmental strategy, but I wished they had done it in sections to preserve the wonderful wildlife I had so enjoyed snapping in the past. I have often gone out there and lost track of time as I spent the day shooting everything from dragon flies to slime moulds.
I was kind of bummed out by the devastation, so, after shooting a few shrooms, I wandered off again and took some shots in Scotlandwell of the floral decorations on the way home.
Crappy Scrappy Snappies.
One of those days I felt like getting out, I really wanted to try to snap some dragon flies or damsels, but I had barely set out when it started to rain, so I wasn't optimistic about it.
So just one of those days when I wandered around in the car looking for photo opportunities and snapped a few things just for the sake of it really.
I wandered round to the SNH offices and called in for a cuppa and a natter with Jeremy. Then I wandered off around Loch Leven at the Sandport and Burleigh. I got a bit of film of a Heron fishing, so I will edit that up and post it soon.
I also found a couple of shots from the pocket camera from the day before. That's a roundabout in Glenrothes and a flower at my Mum's. The collared dove comes over to my place for lunch often.
Had myself a nice day out.
I seemed to have gotten sluggish after a long bout of work, so I decided it was high time the Happy Snappy Chappy got OUT again.
For want of something better to do I headed up Kinnoull Hill in Perth and ended up having a really nice time.
The views are superb from the top and I found some nice Peacock Butterflies and some Grasshoppers, some Eyebright and some Bluebells.
I then drove back to Abernethy and stopped off to buy some local plums and raspberry jam.
Next I went to Jamesfield Centre for something to eat and photographed the geese and wagtails - I saw more butterflies too.
Then I asked if I could take some photos in the Garden centre there, and, as usual, they very kindly said "yes".
I took home some cheesecake that I saw and fancied and found a new beer called "Canabia" which I chilled and drank in the garden in the last of the afternoon Sun. It is a very nice beer!!! Of course Hops are related to Hemp, so the flavour was extremely good. What made me laugh though was the scratch and sniff label. Brilliant!
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