Skates On

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If you should go skating
On the thin ice of modern life . . .

Seeing as we’ve had a dusting of snow I venture out like a 21st century Shackleton in search of epic adventure.
Well maybe not epic, a quick skirt around the local reservoir was enough for me. Three chaps had a walk around the frozen water and then one of them slipped on the old skates and shot around the ice which appeared to be thick enough for some winter sports.

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Feather Droplets

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Taking a Sunday stroll with the camera to Dronley Woods.
A cold day but nicely sheltered in the denser parts to keep the worst of the chill out. Spotted a couple of red squirrels but even with my zoom lens struggled to get close enough for a decent shot.
My shot of the day is this feather holding on to some water droplets. Flipped my 50mm lens and handheld it against the body for this macro effort.

Shots from a wanderer

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Just starting out on my wee ten miler on Wednesday past I spot a slightly frosted leaf. I like frost and I like a single leaf, they remind me of New Order’s True Faith single cover.

Tales From The Black Forest

I always hope I can make one of these woodland trails look spooky and otherworldly. Think I’m still falling short, perhaps a mist shrouded day would be better.

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Finally a forgotten driveway soon to be engulfed by the creeping foliage and hidden for good.

This Sporting Life

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Nipped down to see the famous Stobswell Rugby Football Club today and take a shot at shooting a bit of rugger.

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I don’t know too much about this game but thought I’d see if I can get some decent shots. I was hoping for a bit of rain and mud and shoot the whole match as black and whites but it stayed dry whilst I was there.

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Above is my shot of the day a nice bit of movement and nice blurring.

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Not sure what the score was as I don’t actually know how you score rugby. I do know that the opponents did get at the very least three tries and once the temperature dropped I was off. These foreign bugs are tough too shake off!

The Falls Of Reekie Linn

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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.

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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!

The Hands Of A Conjurer

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A few shots I’ve taken recently for the chaps at Designer Events
Scotland’s very own DJ/Cocktail mixer extraordinaire. They do one, they do the other or they do both at the same time!

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The hands of a conjurer or a card shark!

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Not posted much this year so far. I do have a roll of film sitting in a camera that’s a couple of shots away from being finished. Been in there so long I’ve forgotten when I started it, once finished I’ll develop and show the results.