Baywatch

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A stormy sky and an empty beach, it’s not LA is it? The rain came down shortly after this one.
A slight HDR put on this one.

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Sunshine Beach

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Nope not on the other side of the planet but in sunny Scotland, Crail to be exact. Apparently this is a pretty decent beach to find fossils from creatures that roamed the land back in the day, didn’t spot any of those but them I didn’t know about it until about five minutes ago.

Quite a nice wee beach and a right wee sun trap in the summer months. Sadly it’s not the summer months so put away the swimming gear and get the thermals back on.

New season same dreams

A new season of football started in Scotland today so I was off to try my hand at some sports photography.
Glenesk Park was the destination home of Dundee Violet the only Dundee side to win the Scottish Junior Cup(1928/29)

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Kick Off

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
First half volley

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Snakes alive 55

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
A warning

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Free Kick

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Goal mouth scramble(Stramash)

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Keepers ball!

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Closed down

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Point blank save!

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Cleared

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Disagreement with the assistant

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Still no way through

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Wing play

Dundee Violet v Bankfoot 2013
Attacking a corner

Violet also saw the talents of James Scotland Symon(Scot Symon) who would go on to have a senior playing career with Dundee, Portsmouth and Rangers he is also one of only two players to be capped for Scotland on both the football and cricket field the other being Andy Goram.
Once Symon’s playing career was over he would go on to have a successful managerial career leading East Fife to Scottish League Cup glory and Scottish Cup runners up. After East Fife he moved to Preston North End taking them to an FA Cup Final.
After a year at Preston it was home to Scotland and Rangers taking over from the legendary Bill Struth he would lead the Ibrox club to six League Championships and two European finals.

Dundee Violet were unable to achieve back to back promotions last season and started this season on the wrong end of a 0-3 scoreline. A long way to go though.
I would have maybe photographed the goals but they came early in the second half and I was enjoying a couple of pints of Guinness at the time.

Pretty happy with my first stab at sports photography although I have cropped on most of them, I know naughty boy.
Used two cameras for these my Nikon and my trusty old FZ45.

Violet v Bathgate
It’s ok ref he has a pulse

In the professional game a player would have had to hobble to the touchline and spray some water on his ankle magically returning to full fitness. In the juniors they just get on with it.

Dundee Violet v Bathgate
Curling a free kick just past the post

Dundee Violet v Bathgate
Golden chance

Violet v Bathgate
Header

Violet v BathgateTrying to break out

Violet v Bathgate
Free kick

Violet v Bathgate
Save from number 8

In its autumn tint of gold…….

Golden

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.  

By Edgar Allan Poe.      

A wee photograph taken on the first day of the year with my trusty old FZ45 can’t remember but it was probably taken at full zoom. I first heard the poem Alone not in my childhood schooldays but watching the film The Krays so they weren’t all that bad were they?