Train station footbridge, Stirling

Bridge Stirling small

A picture I just managed to catch of this lovely modern footbridge in Stirling before all of the light disappeared. I was here a couple of months ago but unfortunately I didn’t have my tripod with me, so no joy, but I was quite happy with the results this time.

As a side note, after a few months of trying to get to grips with after moving from my old sumpix blog I’m almost at the stage where I will be merging the two sites. One of the big problems I found once I moved over to a hosted site was the lack of community – I couldn’t like and follow others’ blogs easily, and so I lost a lot of the motivation to post. It almost led me to delete my hosted site (this one) and go back to using sumpix. Now WordPress have made it easier to bring these features into a hosted site, so I’m looking forward to catching up with 0ld friends and finding some new blogs in the near future.

Forth Rail Bridge

Forth Rail Bridge at night

Well I don’t think this bridge needs much introducing! But for those of you not from around these parts, this is the Forth Rail Bridge over the river Forth between Midlothian and Fife on the East coast of Scotland.

This pic was taken a while back while we were up exploring Fife and Queensferry on a rare day that we got to borrow a car. One of my favourite pieces of Scottish architecture, I’m sure I’m not alone on that one.

Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

Cologne Bridge


This is Hohenzollern Bridge over the Rhine in Cologne, Germany. My visit there a few weeks ago was my first and it is a beautiful city. The bridge itself is very well known, and along with the Dom (or cathedral) that sits at the end of the bridge it is a huge landmark for the city. Sadly I was on the same side of the river as the cathedral so didn’t manage to get a good shot of the bridge and the cathedral together, but if you Google it you can see them both together, it’ worth it.

The bridge was almost totally destroyed by German engineers in WW2 to prevent Allied troops from crossing it, but was quickly repaired after the war given its importance in linking Cologne to various European cities, including Amsterdam, where we had travelled from.

The bridge is also famous for its “love locks” – thousands of engraved padlocks which lovers attach to the bridge along the pedestrian footpath section of the structure. Deutsche Bahn, the owners of the bridge, recently threatened to remove the padlocks, but eventually backed down due to public pressure.


Love Locks onf the Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

Taken with my Nikon D3100 and edited in Photoshop CS5.

Weekly Photo Dump 17/09/2013

So here’s the second of my weekly photo dump posts where I’ll be posting all the pics I’ve been taking and editing on my phone during my wanders about the place.

A lot of this week’s pics are panoramic shots. I’ve been playing around with it a lot and trying out some interesting stuff. I’m still pretty amazed by the photo capability of the Samsung S4. If Samsung would like to pay me for that little review that would be fantastic…



Panoramic shot from underneath the Kingston Bridge on the River Clyde, with the Clyde Arc (Squinty Bridge) on the far left and the Squiggly Bridge (nonidea what it’s actually called) on the far right.



Sunset on Sunday evening from Kirkcaldy Shore. The little lumps of rock on the far right of the horizon are Inchkeith Island and Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh (furthest right).



A panoramic shot from Cessnock underground station. I get some funny looks in that place.



One of the newer buildings on Broomielaw in the IFSD along the river Clyde, contrasted next to the older (former) Clyde Port Headquarters.



A little bit of (slightly blurry) brutalist architecture in Kirkcaldy.



The abandoned Haghill Primary School in the East End of Glasgow.



The beautiful interior of Hillhead Kelvinside Church in Glasgow’s West End. Incidentally I’ll be showcasing some of my pictures in the church this weekend as part of Glasgow Doors Open day, so head along if you’re in that part of town for an opportunity tonsee parts of the amazing building that you usually wouldn’t, and also check out my pics while you’re at it 😉

If you’re interested the address is Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Saltoun Street, West End, Glasgow G12 9AU



Another panoramic shot from along the Clyde, this time with some of the stunning newer buildings along Broomielaw and of course the Squiggly Bridge.



And a final shot from the M8 on the Kingston Bridge looking West towards the Clyde Arc, seeing as I started with a shot from under the bridge.

And there you go, another successful weekly photo dump.  Hope you enjoyed!

Weekly Photo Dump – 7/9/13

I take a lot of pictures with my phone on a weekly basis and don’t tend to do much with most of them, so I’ve decided to do a weekly phone camera ‘photo dump’ post. I say weekly but I’m not going to be too strict about when the pics were taken, or on what day I put the post out. Likewise, there probably isn’t going to be much of a theme, just the stuff that catches my eye day to day.

Here are this weeks, with a brief description. All taken with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and edited in Snapseed or with the phone’s built in editing functions.


The Forth and Clyde Canal, Possil looking towards Maryhill.


Forth and Clyde Canal, Ruchill/Possilpark.


Old railway footpath adjacent to the canal, Maryhill.


St Enoch Subway station, City Centre.


Brutalist bypass over the Forth and Clyde canal, Kirkintilloch.


And, randomly, some bikes in the West End.

There you go!