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Lanzarote winter sunset #2

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Lanzarote winter sunset #1

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A change in the weather

Now that I know what winter weather can be like in Lanzarote, and know the places I’d like to spend more time in, I’m pretty sure I will go again, but not among the crowds in the baking summer sun.

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A walk in the park

Well not exactly a walk. First a drive, then a lengthy wait for parking space, followed by a couple of minutes’ walk up the hill to the bus, and finally a bus tour with recorded commentary complete with musical drama – the only way allowed to see the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya, Lanzarote. Spectacular nonetheless. [Photos taken through the bus window with my phone].

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Clouds on a sunny day

La Graciosa, across El Río, Isola della Montaña Clara behind, Alegranza in the distance


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On the edge

of the Atlantic.

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A day out

Remembering one is almost as good as having one.

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Lingering surfer

The surfers had all gone, except for the one lingering ghostlike in my long exposure.

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21 billion midges

According to this article, 21 billion edges were predicted for Scotland’s 2017 midge season. I reckon that a fair number of them, like me, opted for a trip to Ireland that summer, boosting the already thriving local population.

Those pesky creatures turned these peaceful spots into pure torture, at dawn and dusk respectively.

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On my Not To Do list: do not venture here again without a midge net and repellent.


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Atlantic sunrise

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another beach, another sunset

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Evening at the beach

Just for a change 😉

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Early one morning at the Castle

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Later that night at Inch Strand

The surfers had long gone…

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Inch Strand

It was relatively calm this evening, though the wind was fierce enough around the head of the strand. As the surfers packed up, there was plenty of space for some wide & long exposures.

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Kerry sunset

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Day 3: surfers

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Day 2: Dingle surf


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Day 1: Dingle sunrise

Bloomin midges up early searching for breakfast 😫

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I stayed just long enough to look up the beach towards the castle, then glanced behind me to see what was going on.

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And back again.

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The midges had had their lot! Now it was time for my breakfast.


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Killarney sunset

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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.