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Playing with pictures

February 21, 2013

I have been very busy so far this year. I have a new camera and I have treated myself to Lightroom 4 to edit the pics. I'm still learning how to use it but here are the first two pics that I've played with.

I'm also working on an eBook celebrating 50 years of Doctor Who in haiku. My working title for it is Fifty, Eleven, Seventeen (50 years, 11 Doctors and 17 syllables). There will be at least one haiku for each story with some other haiku for returning monsters, companions and a narrative of the history of the show. I hope I'll get it done in time for the 50th anniversary this November.

Thank you for taking the time to read and I hope you'll enjoy the pics.

Forth Bridges

Purple Wheel


A Stupendous Saturday

November 7, 2011

I am sometimes lost in this sandstone.

My figure was once beautiful,

My name whispered by mortal men.

Now my name is foreign to their lips.

They stumble over it

As if it were made of stone.

As I if I were some old lover from a past,

Replaced by another. Remembered

In vague memories,

But with nothing there worth dwelling on. 

I hope you had a nice weekend. I certainly did, with most of the fun being on Saturday.

What happened on Saturday? I imagine you asking.

I’m so glad you asked. On Saturday, I went into Glasgow and was part of an Instagram meetup. For those of you who don’t know what instagram is, let me tell you. It is an iPhone camera app. It’s kind of like twitter with pics instead of tweets but also like facebook with the likes and comments.

If I am clever and remember, I will put a link HERE. (Unfortunately, you need to view the instagram pics through the app but check out flickr and twitter

The Event was organised by @igersscotland (aka @nannyf) other members of our merry band were; @ladrumbot @lupsv @mmosoca @r2builder @shazzerini  @socobloke @socobird @t_baws and pics were tagged #scotwalk1

They all took amazing pics and unbelievably for Scotland in November, there were blue skies and sunshine….and no rain.

We met up in George Square. As it was the first time we had met, it was wise to look out for people playing with their iPhones.

Their prayers fall upon deaf ears.

There are no gods left and

Even if there were, we would not help.

I have been blind now for many years,

The smog from the city burns my eyes,

But I doubt much has changed.

They that wander below go no where.

They replaced us for another god

And now he feels our pain.

He is second to a god

That gives them their heart’s desire.

How long before he is carved

Into this sandstone,

Like a gargoyle?

We walked along George Street and up to the gardens where the maternity hospital once stood. The sun continued to shine and we went onwards, past the High Kirk of Glasgow and up to the Necropolis. There we wandered round the graves as the sun set.

My figure is scratched away

Layer by layer until I cannot feel a thing.

But hell hath no fury than

A woman scorned,

Or forgotten. So I wait

With those who hide against the sandstone,

Where human eyes glaze over us,

As we forgotten gods hold their arches

And their proud buildings tall.

Then we headed back into Glasgow, where I had to bid farewell.


I had to return to Falkirk and then onto Linlithgow so that I could hear my friend perform at an open mic event that was part of the Linlithgow Book Festival.

I enjoyed the performances of the other speakers but I really enjoyed the poem that you my have noticed in this post. The poem is called Aphrodite and my friend’s name is Karyn Dougan (@missnovocaine on twitter, next time you’re there, please tell her how amazing her poem is). Karyn also recited a short story, but that will be for another time…


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.


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


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…


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…



A bike ride

May 4, 2011


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.



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



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.



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


And I also saw some cows going for a paddle.


My turning point…


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.


A Duck(lings) post

June 10, 2010


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.