Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

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Muiravonside Walk

August 3, 2011

A glorious Sunday, early evening. Time for a walk…

The weather was beautiful and the views stunning…

Time to enter the forest…

But first, I look at the blue sky above…

There are so many decisions to make…

But what is this I spy through the trees…?

It is an aquaduct ~ The Union canal is contained there…

I pause to snap a flower…

While this fellow watches on…

If you wish to see where I walked, please click here

Thank you for joining me on my walk.

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A woodland walk

July 21, 2011

Here is  a link to a map of my walk, the gap between the start and finish is my fault as I forgot to start the app.

I began my walk by walking along the Union canal, but it was once I walked into the woods that I got the camera out…

Woodland path

Trees

Alas, I didn’t see any squirrels in the treetops but if I had, I would have been able to get a better pic…

Further along the path

This path leads up to the Falkirk monument…

Remembering the second battle of Falkirk

Here is a picture of the plaque…

The second battle of Falkirk - 1746 (not as famous as Culloden)

As I was taking these pics, I had the feeling that I was being watched…

What are you looking at?

This stretch of the walk is next to a road and some of the plantlife here allowed me to test the macro ability of the camera…

Macro Shot

I also saw a treat for the birds…

Fresh Raspberries

It’s not just trees that are in this forest…

A wired forest

Even when walking in the depths of the forest, you can see the light ahead…

Walking towards the light

Some trees have been removed over the past few years in order to make the paths easier to walk on…

Textured stump

Open spaces allow me to try a panoramic shot…

The path is not curved

and another…

The view from the gate

and finally…

View from the viewpoint

There are so many decisions to make when walking…

Decisions, decisions

And it’s important to put your best foot forward…

My left foot

Summer is a time for swooping swallows but these guys were taking a break…

Swallows on a fence

These fellows were looking at the swallows but weren’t as impressed…

Cows and calves

I had the chance to capture some more wildlife, this time in macro mode…

Macro Bee

I finally arrived at the Falkirk wheel…

The Wheel in motion

Insert barge in here

A closer look at the mechanisms that turn the wheel

How the wheel keeps the water level

Almost at the top

The red barge reaches the top

There were rain clouds above and it started raining just before I returned home but there wasn’t enough wind to spin these…

Distant windmills

That concludes my journey. I hope that you have enjoyed the pictures and if you have, THANK YOU…

Now, I wonder what else this camera can do…

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Linlithgow ~ a test run

July 21, 2011

A palace with an unusual spire

I treated myself to a new camera and went for a walk in the woods [watch this space] but before I had a full day to play with my new camera, I gave it a test run at Linlithgow.

A welcome sight

I was welcomed by the sight of this swan swimming on the lake along with some other feathered friends which allowed me to play with the panoramic setting on the camera…

An experiment with the panoramic setting

I also saw a duck having a drink…

A thirsty duck

A swan having a preen…

Elegant swan

A cygnet having a swim…

A fluffy youngster

A proud parent and cygnet spending some time together…

Swimming at twilight

And a last view of the Palace spire…

Spire

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A bike ride

May 4, 2011

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On Monday I decided to go for a ride on my bike. (First time in a while) I rode along the side of the Forth and Clyde canal. Communing with nature on my last day off before going into hospital on Thursday. I passed the Falkirk Wheel (which connects the lower Forth and Clyde canal with the higher Union canal). As you can see, the weather was wonderful.

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There was a gentle breeze (as you can see from the surface of the water) which aided me as I rode.

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It had been a week since I had seen the swans and so this was a welcome view. It was not, however, my last sighting of the swans.

On my outward journey, the canal was on my left. This was the view to my right.

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It was one of those days that I just wanted to keep going forwards. Stopping to see some friends on the way.

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And I also saw some cows going for a paddle.

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My turning point…

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I returned home slightly saddle sore but relaxed. Since then, I have purchased a padded seat cover. I look forward to the time when I will be out on my bike once again. It was fun.

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The untaken picture

July 20, 2010

I saw a sight on Saturday that left me wishing I had my camera ready but it was one of those situations where it was either fumble about for the camera and miss the sight or watch and commit it to memory to share later.

I usually walk along the canal on the way to work and encountered some swans. But in recent weeks I had not seen them. I had heard that they had been seen further down the canal but I had yet to see them myself. Instead, I got to see a brood of ducklings grow up.

But on Saturday, I was a passenger in a car that was driving over the canal. I looked at the water but my gaze turned to the path alongside the canal. Walking along the path was a family of swans. There were two adults and about 3 or 4 cygnets (who had already grown to almost adult size). It was wonderful to see them and they were perfectly content to walk up the path ~ an evening stroll. I hope that I will see them again soon.

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A Duck(lings) post

June 10, 2010

DUCK!

For those who don’t know, (and for those that do but have bad memories) I live near two canals, the Union and the Forth & Clyde).  To get to work, I walk along  the Forth and Clyde (which, as its name suggests, is a link between the river Forth and the river Clyde). A few weeks ago, I was delighted to see this on my journey…

Ok, maybe I wasn’t so delighted to see the litter in the canal, but the sight of the small feathery puffs was uplifting.  I wouldn’t see them every day, but sometimes I would see them huddled together while their mother watched over them…

I pass under a bridge and one time I saw mother and ducklings having a swim away from potential predator’s eyes…

They are still there, keeping together and hiding in the reeds at the bank when they need to. But I have mostly seen them relaxing on the bank of the canal…

I have recently seen a few ducklings, but not as many as I saw here.

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An Evening Stroll

April 24, 2010

One of the real pleasures of life is an evening stroll. The pleasure increases when the weather is pleasant, and the walk takes you beside a river as the sun starts to set.

There is such a sense of peace (except, of course for birdsong or the buzzing of a bee). The sound of the river is very soothing too.

There were some lovely trees…

and flowers

The saddest part of any walk is that it has to end.