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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…

landscape

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

submarine

A Submarine!

Fishing Boat

A rusty old fishing boat

Yacht

A yacht. (Not mine, sadly!)

Empty Beach

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

Jellyfish1

My walking boot for scale

Jellyfish2

These things were like something from a horror movie!

clear water

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!

Lighthouse

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.

Yellow edged tulip

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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River and Reeds (painting)

River and Reeds

Hello everyone! I hope you are all well. Gosh its turned SO cold today – we had snow and wind and allsorts….I thought it was supposed to be Spring! Anyway, I did this little decalcomania painting of a little stream running through some reeds out into the open river. I was thinking of my local river and how high it is with all the recent rain, and the treacherous waterfall that pounds over the rocks – I really must take a photo in the next couple of days, because it has swamped all the little islands that the ducks live on, and now they are all paddling furiously around trying to find food and dry land! (Having re-read that I realise how terribly British it is to complain about the weather. My last post was on that subject too –  I do apologise *ahem*)

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Hrrrm, Spring has sprung?

Daffodil Abbey

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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Macro Mother Nature

Hello, back again with some photographs. Playing with the macro setting again, and examining the details in some flowers I came across at a local park garden.

“What are you doing?” asked a young mother with a small child who had been niggling for ice cream but had been dragged over to “see the pretty flowers” instead

“I’m taking photos of flowers” I said, waving the camera to clarify the fact.

“Yes, but why are you so close to them?” she asked, trying to grab her child before he flew towards the now disappearing ice cream van.

“well, so I can get good detail shots of the petals” I said.

“But why?” a seriously puzzled look had appeared on her face now. “Its better to get a picture of them all isn’t it? Not just one petal?”

“Yes, but I like close up photographs”

“You must need glasses then” she said as she wandered off with her grumbly child.

Hrmph. Here we are, some close ups.

foxglove macro

 

curved flower

roadmapleaf

yellowflowerredberry

rose macrowhite macro flower

waterdrops leaf

symmetrical fern

 

 

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Woodland Walk

Hubby and I jumped on a random train today (with the dog), and ended up in the woods. I love Scottish woodland, because its wild and interesting – not just uniform trees. I saw this

scary tree root

which fascinated me – what happened to the tree? And whose idea was it to build stairs? Is it some sort of tree sacrifice? It looks so very strange and scary…….

Anyway, further on I found this

fossil leaf

This is tree bark, from a fallen tree. But the thing is, with the tree being fallen it got damp, so the bark was coming off in separate sheets. A few layers in, was this thing – which I like to believe is a fossilised leaf from when the tree was growing. The leaf fell onto the bark of a young tree, one Autumn day, and got stuck, and then bark grew over it in the coming years, causing the leaf to become mummified. Its very cool – I brought it home. 🙂

Then we have the Braided tree

braided tree

Now looking at it again, it looks kind of powerful…..muscles? Maybe its tree abs? Maybe it took so much strength to fight for light, that its just over developed compared to the other trees. Clearly some children thought it was a magic tree, because they put a little fairy door at the bottom. Quite what fairies are going to do with a plastic door, I have no idea, but its nice that kids see the potential 🙂

And finally

delicate flowers

No walk is complete without some flowers. These were very delicate papery flowers which I thought were very pretty.