Next Stop Africa


Last week I’m in Spain for our final holiday of the year. I was struck down with a little bout of food poisoning so getting out and about wasn’t ideal.
The above shot from the beach front from Fuengirola to Torreblanca across that sea somewhere is Africa, nice weathered boards made me think it would make a decent black and white image.


A stack of chairs above makes for a decent wee black and white too. This one was in Malaga where they were getting ready for the beatification of Padre Arnaíz who had once performed a miracle. A crowd of ten thousand was expected for the event.

Where the river boat swayed beneath the sun . . . .

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Finished a roll of film the other day from the Canonet QL17. ISO was set at 400 and I didn’t remember ever having 400 colour film, turns out it’s been so long in there it was actually black and white in the back.
A couple of shots from Amsterdam tells me that the film has been in the camera for two years.

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For a little while I was on Google Street sipping a beer by the side of a canal but it seems that image is no longer available.

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Pansies and Victoria


Today I’m back at Glenesk Park the Theatre of Dreams! Been a while, the good lady was working today so morning shop done and it’s off to the match I go.

In full flight and bearing down on goal!

Like I say it’s been a while since I’ve seen the Violet in action but they started the match well, I always find it tough to take in the game when I’m mainly watching it through a viewfinder.

Hurdled like Usain Bolt!

Is this the breakthrough? No!

Despite Dundee Violet having the vast majority of possession in the opening exchanges it’s Arbroath Vics that go one goal up. From where I was standing it looked like a goal from the tightest of angles.

That’s the opener!

From memory that’s Arbroath’s first shot on goal and it’s in the net to open the scoring. Going into this match Arbroath are joint bottom with Forfar Albion and Couper Angus only goals separating them. . . . . a lot of goals!



Above and below: Violet look for a goal


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Vics’ defence holds strong


Beautifully chipped

A fine chip over the goalkeeper but over the bar too! Doesn’t matter the ref says offside and it wouldn’t have counted anyway.

And that’s the second!

Unbelievably Arbroath Vics go two goals up, from my position it looks like the keeper has spilled the ball and gifted the second. So far this season the Vics have only scored 2 goals and now they’ve doubled that tally.

Fighting for every ball

A header towards goal is cleared off the line. For a team that’s shipped 26 goals going into today’s match they’re holding firm against Violet.

Second half starts

Box of tricks?

Violet have had the half time team talk which probably wasn’t pretty. Someone once said to me “They’ll come out like kids on a load of fruit shoots!” but it looks like nothing is coming off for Violet today and really the Vics’ keeper hasn’t had anything difficult to deal with.

Playing the captain’s part

Keeper’s beaten!

An acrobatic overhead kick which I failed to capture ends in the net but the referee has blown for offside and Arbroath hold on.

Surely this time!

A little dink over the keeper but again Arbroath have a man on the line to mop up and clear the danger.

Touched by the hand of God!

The ball’s in the net but it’s with a hand and if I remember correctly the ref had already blown the whistle.

Shot from the big defender. . . . .

Every time I saw this player through the viewfinder I just thought Ronald Koeman! Not sure if he actually looks like him but he did through my wee Nikon. They did have a Messi in the past so I fully expect a Koeman on the next team sheet!
Back to the action and his shot cannons of the side of the post followed by a roaring expletive. Nothing is going Violet’s way in this game.
Well nothing until below with eight minutes to go Dundee Violet get a lifeline and a penalty os expertly dispatched and leads to a little goalmouth stramash afterwards.

That’s one back!

It’s there!

The Arbroath defence is broken with what was virtually the last kick of the game to make it 2-2. Arbroath will go home feeling deflated although hearing some supporters saying had they been offered a draw before the game they’d have taken your arm off. Violet plugged away but didn’t look too dangerous up front although it’s early doors yet and only six points between first and eighth.
Arbroath will be disappointed but are finally off the mark with their first point of the season.

Been a while since I posted. I used to take hundreds of shots and be able to have a post for every day. Now I go out and take five and don’t like any. Happy to have sneaked the New Order song in this match report though.

No Fly Posters


Five years ago I posted a couple of shots of old painted signage outside tenements in Dundee city centre. LINK

Passing the same doorway yesterday I noticed that someone has made off with an old brass address plate revealing this poster underneath.
I’ve done a wee bit of research through the old Dundee directories and it appears that Mr Smith was at these premises from 1926 until 1939 when he moved to Victoria Road. He started out as a joiner and appears to have moved into property letting as the years went on.

This wee simple poster is not far away from 80 years old which I’m sure makes it the oldest one on show in the city of Discovery.

Big Cat Diary in Spain


Imagine getting paid to photograph these fantastic cats. Like the rest of us mere mortals I don’t get paid to photograph them but I did get to see them everyday for the past week and could have sat and watched them all day.


The lion King of Beasts always looks regal when he decides to sit up and cast his eye over his land. Sadly this chap doesn’t have much land to look over however I suppose he doesn’t have to worry about predators with rifles hunting him down.


I pretty much had him to myself whenever I went to see him. Most days he would simply be sleeping in the hot sun as cats do.
I decided to sit with him and see if he’d pop his head up to see if I could get the money shot, face straight on with eyes locked on me.
Once he decided it was time to poke his head out from the grass his gaze followed me wherever I walked, too hot for him to walk out for a close up shop though.
Below is the money shot, my crack at the greatest photograph of a lion ever!


A photograph I’m pretty happy with. Originally I wasn’t going to take a camera on this trip as it was going to be relaxing by the pool for a week. Thankfully I did or there would be no close up shots of these beautiful cats without my trusty old zoom lens.

The Falls Of Reekie Linn


The weekend past had fairly reasonable weather. We might be heading out of our recent ice age conditions and getting some heat soon, just before winter comes around again!

We’re at the Reekie Linn waterfalls they get their name from the Victorians. . . well the first part anyway. In Scotland Reekie means smoke and the spray coming off the water can have a smoke like appearance. Linn is Gaelic for dark pool or deep pool. So there you have it a smokey dark pool that apparently once conjured up the Devil himself.

The above image is one of the stumps on our walk out by the falls, looks like a Gothamesque skyline. Well it does to me anyway.


All that way and the above shot is my favourite of the day. A dead tree clings on to the side of a cliff with new creeping ivy slowly making its way up the trunk.

I don’t think my shots do the waterfall justice so here’s a wee video I snapped clinging on to the final boulder. Next stop the bottom!

It’s actually two falls but when it’s in full spate it creates a more stunning violent single torrent.
There’s a cave at the bottom of the falls called Black Dub. Legend has it that a murderous outlaw hid in the cave and as luck would have it the Devil popped up in the form of a large black dog and the spooked chap handed himself over to the authorities the following day. Could have been worse, he could have become chums with the dog and went all Summer of Sam on the local region.
The greatest trick the Devil ever produced was turning himself into a dog!