Scotland

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Cloisters

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Never a dull moment

I got soaked this afternoon.

Then there was just a slight breeze.

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I saw the clouds gathering again.

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False alarm…

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Never a dull moment.


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Riverside walk


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Glasgow Flowers

A wet summer Sunday is as good a day as any for a walk in the Botanic Gardens, which this year celebrates its 200th birthday. Today I noticed something I hadn’t spotted before: the city’s motto Let Glasgow Flourish and its Coat of Arms sculpted into the wall of a building just inside the Gt Western Road/Byres Road entrance, complete with the tree that never grew, the fish that never swam, the bird that never flew and the bell that never rang.

For the story behind the City of Glasgow’s Coat of Arms, see here.


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A walk in the west

I had to go and get some keys cut up at Anniesland, but the hint of rain had made the air so fresh that I took the waterproofs and set off for a four-hour walk through Glasgow’s West End.

And sure enough, by the time I’d come out of the hardware shop, the drizzle was on. I braved it for a few minutes but finally stopped to take shelter under some trees and don the waterproofs. It occurred to me that I’d passed this pond so often along Great Western Road, but had never taken a closer look._MG_9831

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On my way back were the colourful scenes at the front of tenement blocks.

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No walk though the West End is complete without a stopover at Hargan’s Dairy. Re-exposed to the elements for almost a decade now, the 1960s lettering is peeling fast.

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Wild summer dreams

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Oh I do like to be beside…

… the Scottish seaside 😎IMG_0264

In the best possible company 😉

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surrounded by welcoming signs 😳

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Guarded by sentinels

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and picnicking with the seagulls 😲

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Some find it hot…

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Others feel the chill

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And some go paddling

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Homeward bound at dusk

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exhausted 😴😴😴

PS Shoulder out of action for another 6-9 months, making do with my phone.


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Elgol evening

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Skye sunrise

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Transience

Clouds, rain and sunshine come and go in the ever-changing light of Skye.

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A classic view

Neist Point Lighthouse at the tip. Beyond, the islands of North and South Uist, and then the Atlantic Ocean. Wet, windy and wonderful._MG_8159


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Talisker Beach #2

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Sunset beach

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At the old Sligachan Bridge

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evening at the old Sligacidge

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one morning at the old Sligachan Bridge


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At the beach, Skye

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The drama of Skye

In a matter of minutes, the clouds moved, the sky changed, the sun appeared, and the landscape changed from this:_MG_7980

to this:

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Skye dawn

The journey from Glasgow to Skye isn’t all that long as far as drives go, but it could take forever because of the concentration of stunning places to see along the way: a landscape photography paradise._MG_7967

The odd thing about that part of Scotland – especially on breezy mornings at sunrise – is that it can be colder at any time of year than a Siberian winter: the wind chill factor. A sturdy tripod is obligatory, along with windproof and water-resistant everything.

 


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Cloud and Skye

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Later that day

The sun shone

2 seats in the semi-shade

buttercup in the sun

closer


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Mist in the city

first bus in the morning mist

first bus in the morning mist

bru in the morning mist


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City morning

At Partick train station

At Partick train station

A view from the creative zone,  11th floor of Livingston Tower

A view from the creative zone, 11th floor of Livingston Tower

That Wall

That Wall


The wind that blows the Sea Pink

Also known as thrift

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Auld Reekie / Windy City (because of the politicans?)

in yer mooth she staps a leid
naebody kens, in yer hert a stane

(Janet Paisley)

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Liquid refreshment

liquid refreshment

liquid refreshment