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The Old Fire Station

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Just look at this gorgeous building close to my house (on the dog walking route). It was an old fire station, built in 1897 and used right up until 1973. After it was no longer required, it was left to go to rack and ruin. Parts fell away leaving the sides exposed to the elements, pigeons made it their home (as did a few homeless people), and plants grew out of the windows. Now, after many months of scaffolding and building works, it has been renovated into flats, and cleaned up again.

I love that it has been rescued, but I do wish that some old buildings could be given back to the community for everyone to use, instead of turning everything into housing……but that’s just me and my idealistic world, haha!

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Seascape (Rockscape?)

Rocks and seaSo I was looking through some photos and realised that I could now use an online program called Pixlr to have some fun with photography filters. I couldn’t use the website for the longest time because its flash based, and my “Tea” Laptop (I’m referring to the one I drowned as the Tea Laptop, just for future!) did not have flash capabilities at all. So there were many websites I couldn’t access, which was vaguely annoying. I thought I would mess around with this shot I took on the Isle of Bute, in Scotland a few weeks ago to see how it could look with a nice dreamy filter on it.

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A lighthouse

We went for a walk a couple of days ago along the beach, and I took a photo of a lighthouse that was on some craggy rocks. The rocks were split so far apart that we couldn’t reach the lighthouse for a proper look, but apparently it was built in 1911 and still works as a proper guiding light for ships (or warning, depending on your point of view on a stormy sea!)

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I made it black and white for effect – I love that sky!

 

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Fancy a Walk? (Picture Heavy)

So today we sailed off to the beach – one of many little islands dotted around the Scottish coast. It was a bleak day, mostly…muggy and grey. I only took my phone camera with me to snap a few shots, so here they are…

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This was the view from the ferry – see how grey blue it all is? But interesting things happen on the water…

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A Submarine!

Fishing Boat

A rusty old fishing boat

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A yacht. (Not mine, sadly!)

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I found some jellyfish….GIANT jellyfish on the empty beach as the tide was going out…

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My walking boot for scale

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These things were like something from a horror movie!

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Look how clear the water is though!

B&W Standing Stones

We found some ancient standing stones – I took this in black and white to highlight the “faces” I see there. I see faces in most things!

Escaped Cow

I tried to rescue an escaped cow that couldn’t get back in her field…..she ran away from me and her friends gathered around moo-ing defensively. I left them to it. Scary things, cows are – especially in a gang!

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On the way back on the ferry, I just had to take a photo of this adorable lighthouse!

CCTV Face

As we waited for the train, I saw this……now someone did make a face with this….didn’t they? They did. So funny!

 

 

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Macro Flowers Photography

I was out with my little dog today, and came across some lovely flowers – tulips I think. They had ragged edges, which looks quite lovely. The Frayed Tulip its called.

The painted flower

This one looks painted doesn’t it?

Pink Tulip Edge Macro

This is pretty as well.

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Of course they have been modified to look like this, which my heart doesn’t agree with really (hypocritical, i know, since I’m posting them here saying “oooh pretty”) but I’m more of a wild meadow flower lover.

 

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Quick photo

abbey in the evening

I took this photo last night when out with the dog. Again its the local Abbey (12 century dontchya know!) and what struck me was the single cherry tree – which is now very old, blooming as much as it can. I think the surrounding trees are struggling to flower this year….I have noticed that less and less blooms are appearing as each year passes. In fact, the council are now starting to chop a few trees down, which is very very sad, but if they are diseased or something, maybe its for the best. Down below the Abbey is the river which cuts through the town. It hosts so much wildlife, like herons, swans, ducks, otters, kingfishers, etc. This was taken in the evening so its getting dark and not much can be seen, but I thought this was a nice shot anyway. I’m trying to record the Abbey as it is, before it becomes a visitor centre with a glass frontage (ugh!).

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Hrrrm, Spring has sprung?

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So I was out walking the dog this morning, and felt that, despite the gloomy skies, Spring was stepping her little dainty toes in and around the local area. I haven’t seen much in the way of snowdrops or crocuses this year, but daffodils, oh they are in abundance! One thing I will say about round here, nobody picks the flowers. People tend to leave them alone, which is quite nice to see. I took this shot at the local Abbey and fiddled around with filters to highlight the daffs. The building is beautiful on a nice sunny day, but being gloomy as it was this morning, well….not looking its best.

Wherever you are, I do hope you are having a lovely weekend! 🙂

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Why, hello Scotland!

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We just came back from a few days away. Well….it was supposed to be a “few”, but turned out only to be two. Saturday, Sunday, returning Monday. Now we actually went because of the dog. Let me explain….in a word, Fireworks.

Fireworks are the bane of our lives. From the last week or so in October, through to the middle of November, these things are let off randomly around where we live. Not including the big main “event” on the 5th. Our dog is terrified of them, and scrabbles on the floor, runs around the house, hides in the darkest cupboards, in an effort to escape. She shakes and  pants and panics so much, its awful to watch. So, this year we booked a little place in the middle of nowhere, in an effort to get away from them.

It was a log cabin, surrounded by hills and water. (not the cottage pictured though)

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Lovely walks in Autumnal woods

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Being here was so relaxing and peaceful. But there were still fireworks. So we came home again. Because thats what we do. So far the night seems quiet, so fingers crossed. But the colours at this time of year are quite stunning – my phone doesn’t do them justice, sadly. But still….I love the countryside.

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Hubby allowed me to post this – only because “its the back view” he said. He isn’t keen on getting his photo taken, ha!

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Wall Art App fun!

So today, I discovered this app which is free, operates in your browser (so no downloads) and you can upload your art or photo’s to see how it looks in an actual room setting. I must say it puts a whole new perspective on things – although the rooms they have are limited, they now allow you to upload your own room to get a better idea of how your picture looks. Once you are happy, you can save the image. So I played around for a while, and came up with a few of mine. I must say now that the rooms are not my style, but hey….the pics look wonderful (if I do say so myself, heh!)

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So yeah, I am well impressed with this. It really puts the image in context.