Clydeside Sunset 

Oh how I do love the Clyde on a sunny evening in May. Really enjoying the new River walkway the council have built – you can now stroll along the river all the way from the gravings docks to the BAE Shipyard, and it’s lovely 🙂 

Thanks for reading! 

Loch Ard and Ben Lomond

Snow Boat Colour KHP

 

After deciding it probably wasn’t a good idea to climb another mountain because of the snow, we took a trip up to Loch Ard in The Trossachs. In the distance is Ben Lomond, which I’m hoping to climb soon, although I think I’ll need to get myself some crampons, an ice axe and some training on how to use them.

Cathkin Brae

Cathkin Brae Sunset W

Breaking the ‘rules’ a little bit here, but I quite like this pic anyway! This is late evening at Cathkin Brae on the south eastern edge of Glasgow, with the Big Wood (best name for a wood ever) in the middle ground and the sun setting behind it, spreading its light all over the grass fields that flow all the way down to East Kilbride. Lovely.

Thurso Beach

Thurso Rocks W

Amazingly these pictures were taken around 11 o’ clock at night, quite a while after the sun had set on that particular night. Thurso is one of the most northern towns in mainland Scotland, and sits next to Scrabster Harbour which serves the Scrabster to Stromness ferry. The Cliffs at Scrabster are visible on the left hand side of the picture. Although the Orkney Islands are straight ahead, they aren’t visible except for an almost imperceptible line along the horizon.

The Bay of Skaill ‘standing stones’

Skara Brae Stones W

While in Orkney we ventured down to Skara Brae, the 5,000 year old neolithic site not far from Stromness. The site is situated next to the Bay of Skaill, and while we didn’t have time to see the real standing stones on Orkney, I did find these stones, left by someone a bit more recently!

Gorbals High Rise

Gorbals High Rise

Another pic from my wandering down by the Clyde the other night. This time in colour, I couldn’t resist with that beautiful purple sky. The weather might be grey 90% of the time during this part of the year, but when the colours do come out it’s worth it.

Loch Ard and Ben Lomond

Loch Ard & Ben Lomond

Last weekend me and my partner (also an academic, and a much better one that I) attended a writing retreat in Gartmore Village near Aberfoyle in the Trossachs. Most of the weekend was spent writing with the rest of the group, which was very productive, but I did manage to get a few pictures of the beautiful surroundings while I was there, despite the rubbish weather. This picture was taken from the east end of Loch Ard looking west towards the snow capped Ben Lomond in the distance. I’ll be taking a trip back here when the weather improves (and importantly it starts getting dark a bit later that 4pm) as it is a photographers paradise of beautiful woods, lochs and quiet little villages.

Dunure

image

Took a trip along to Dunure Castle in South Ayrshire last night for a bite to eat and a wander along the beach last night. I used to come down here a lot as a kid with my parents, first time I’ve been here in a while. The Dunure Inn still does tasty food, and the scenery is still as beautiful as I remember.

image

It’s hard to believe it but the harbour is still used by very small fishing boats, as it has been for hundreds of years. In the summer everyone lines up along the harbour to jump from the tower into the water, or they did when I was wee anyway. Good memories, it was nice to come back and visit the place after so many years.

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…

 

image

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.

 

image

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).

 

image

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

 

image

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

 

image

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

 

image

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

 

image

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

 

image

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

 

image

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!