This shot was taken today as I went for a stroll along the Union Canal (the one without the locks, if you recall my post about the canals, and if not, check it out). This canal goes through to Edinburgh and that means I was heading into an Easterly direction. It was a peaceful walk, I could here the sound of birdsong, a robin, magpies and jackdaws mostly. I even managed to get a shot of the less well-known fuzzy robin (so-called because it looks out of focus in pictures).
The weather has improved of late and although today was overcast, it wasn’t cold and when the sun briefly won the battle with the clouds, I could feel the warmth that has not been felt this year. Spring definitely feels close but the trees are still barren of leaves.
The towpath (where the horses who pulled the barges, before they were powered, walked) is on the left hand side of the canal, there are stretches of the canal where there is a path on both banks but the left hand path is continuous.
There also happens to be a long tunnel on the Union canal. The railway line that stretches from Edinburgh and goes to Glasgow Queen Street runs alongside the canal and the rail tunnel is just beyond Falkirk High Station. It takes a few minutes to walk and as you can see, it is lit. On the other side of the tunnel is Hallglen and Glen Village (but I haven’t got a pic of them).
As you may know, I often pass and photograph the swans that I see on the way to my work ~ but I have not seen many recently, so it was a nice surprise to see another of my feathered friends.
This wasn’t the only feathered friend that I encountered. Here are a few more ~ can you guess their names?
These two birds were photographed at Polmont. A short distance away and the view alongside me looked like this
Not all my feathered friends were water birds or fuzzy robins, 3 great tits flew past, perching on branches but not quite long enough for me to get a good shot.
But there is a danger to the birds who live on the canal
For those of you without large monitors (or if you cannot see the lurking menace) then here is a close up…
I have shown you some of the sights on or around the canal, but what of the canal itself? Well these two shots show the way ahead and the road behind.
While the Wheel was being built, renovations to the canal were also being done. Most of them concerned bridges where the road crosses the canal
I did not go all the way to Edinburgh. I Went as far as Muiravonside Country Park (which, according to my phone, is over 8 miles away). The entrance of which is fiercely guarded.
Muiravonside is a country park with woodland walks where you can see trees like this
I also encountered a whispering friend.
And that is pretty much the end of my journey, it was a very pleasant walk and I thank you for joining me.
This has nothing to do with my walk today but I love this beautiful sunset.