In June the setting sun is in the north west illuminating the land in a way we don’t normally see. This is the River Tay looking northwest from Kinnoull Hill, Perth being lit by crepuscular rays from the setting sun.
- ABSTRACTS AND DETAILS
- Aerial photography
- Canada – Abraham Lake
- Canada – Bighorn Sheep
- Canada – Butchart Gardens
- Canada – Cape Breton Island
- Canada – Horseshoe Lake
- Canada – Iridescent Clouds
- Canada – Prince Edward Island
- Canada – Rocky Mountain Lake Reflections
- Canada – Sled dogs in the Spray Valley, Alberta
- Canada – Snowploughing in Alberta at minus 25
- Canada – Vancouver
- GRAN CANARIA
- Kinclaven Bluebell Woods
- Perth Fireworks 2018
- Scotland – Ardnamurchan peninsula
- Scotland – Braco Castle Gardens
- Scotland – Cape Wrath
- Scotland – Glen Affric
- Scotland – Glen Cannich
- Scotland – Glencoe and Loch Leven
- Scotland – High Water in Perth
- Scotland – Northwest Highlands
- Scotland – Panoramas
- Scotland – Perth in snow
- Scotland – Perthshire in Autumn
- Scotland – Raasay
- Scotland – Scone Air Show
- Scotland – The Kelpies
- Scotland – Viewlands Park, Perth
- Slovakia – Bratislava
This year there were many heavy rain showers in May making the land very green indeed. No saturation added to these pictures!
It is always cheering to see the leaves of this huge willow tree near my house turn green in early April. A sign of the spring to follow.
In March I visited an exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci drawings in Glasgow’s lovely Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. There was low lighting to protect these wonderful old works and they proved impossible to photo without my own image appearing – so I went with the flow composed a selfie composite of myself in Da Vinci’s ‘A deluge’ which was drawn in 1517 or 1518.
In February I had the good fortune to be in Alberta, Canada when a polar vortex brought a cold snap. The snow ploughs were impressive, huge and passed like steam trains with splendid puffs of snow.
At the end of January I journeyed to Canada and had to travel via London. I was dreading this but the flight over the centre of London with the buildings sidelit by early morning light proved to be a treat.
In the small hours of 21st January 2019 there was a total eclipse of the moon visible from where I live, weather permitting! It was forecast to be cloudy so I didn’t stay up but set an alarm for just before the greatest totality at 5.12am and then woke anyway. There was an eerie orange glow in the sky, no moon visible and then I saw it looking like a copper coloured planet, not the bright shining disc we normally see. An arresting sight. It had to be photographed but it was so dark: 30 seconds exposure as wide as my lens would open at ISO 100 – useless because of motion blur due to the relative movement of the moon and the earth. The ISO had to go up to 1000 to give a reasonably sharp but grainy image. I got a couple of pictures and hoped to do a sequence every 10 minutes until the eclipse ended – but clouds intervened. I almost gave up then the clouds partially parted and eventually I managed a reasonable sequence until just before the end of the eclipse when the moon disappeared behind thick cloud. I was groggy the next day and slow to function but it was worth it!
For once we had a sunrise on the first of January!
On Christmas Eve we had a hard frost which decorated the car beautifully! The garden was pretty too and there was a nice sunrise.
This year I chose to observe Perth’s annual charity fireworks display from Smeatons’s Bridge over the Tay. The action appeared above St John’s Kirk.