For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... 2020 was not my most prolific camera year, so have some catching up to do!!!

28 February 2015

TAKE FIFTEEN b

Saturday Symmetry




Deep mid-winter brings short hours and dim days - yet colour emblazons the sky on some kind of death-wish machine at Princes Street Gardens German Fayre... I feared for the finials on Scott's monument!!!

27 February 2015

TAKE FOURTEEN b

"Do not look upon this world with fear and loathing... bravely face whatever it offers."
(Morihei Ueshiba)


26 February 2015

TAKE THIRTEEN b

Last Thursday - where it gets a little bit weird...




















A weary old stump in the Castle House gardens... attractive enough in its raw state, it 'polarised' up rather effectively in Fotor.

25 February 2015

TAKE TWELVE b

Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious of photographing birds.



The common crow. Rascals they are.


Taken at Largs foreshore.

24 February 2015

TAKE ELEVEN b

Shipping by...



The very first morning I had the Fudge, the dawn was golden...

Up the Clyde came the Ganges Star; tanker; out of Malta; 2010; 129m; 11500t.

That was the day I went round to Loch Striven and had a regular photorgy with the Maersk Rapier. Later in the arvo, the Ganges Star was on her way out again...



23 February 2015

TAKE TEN b

Monday's Critters












SPOTTED!!! It thought it could sneak around the corner after the pigeons nibbling on the scarce seeds... Taken through the kitchen window early one morning...

22 February 2015

TAKE NINE b

MOONdays

Last Sunday already?!!  Ah well, that's February for you - fickle and frosty...


21 February 2015

TAKE EIGHT b

Saturday Symmetry







This amazing gate separates the residential part of Leith Water from the docks area.  Could not locate any info, but as far as I could make out, it does operate on that central pivot.

This whole area has been rejuvenated and the buildings on the other side are all new-build and this gate must have been commissioned for them.

20 February 2015

TAKE SEVEN b

"Lead me O Lord, till perfect day shall shine through..."
(A A Proctor)


19 February 2015

TAKE SIX b

Thursdays bring surprises...

In a bitter wind, but sun-kissed day, walking towards Leith Docks, this artist was spotted, silhouetted wonderfully against his own subject...

18 February 2015

TAKE FIVE b

Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in photographing birds.

Had this on full-stretch of Fudge's lens and stopped down a bit on exposure and didn't have the monopod with me so did a little 'sharpen' post process - which I think worsened the graininess!!! Clearly Goosey Canada #3 wasn't all that impressed with me...

Taken on Dunsapie Loch, Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh; the blue is the actual sky relection! Bitterly cold though...


17 February 2015

TAKE FOUR b

Shipping by...

Okay, prepare yourselves for some indulgence. Usually I am clicking through the double glazing into the sun, so many of the ships are seen in their own shadows.  That first trip out with the Fudge, though, brought many delights, not least the Maersk Rapier (Vital Statistics = UK rego, built 2000, 171m, 34985t, Oil Tanker).  You've seen glimpses of her before, here are three more - a little more 'intimate'!


















































Continuing indulgence... Joanne asked, on last Thursday's post, as to the nature of drydocking... Allow me!!!

EXCAVATION; aka 'Graving'; is the one many of you will be familiar with, and is generally used by large shipping.
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FLOATING; as the name suggests, the ship is lifted through a float and hydraulics system.  The 'bed' of the dock is drifted in under the hull and then ballasted upwards - again, larger shipping is generally placed in this.


PATENT SLIP; a mega-version of the yacht winch you may have seen weekend boaters using. Instead of onto a trailer, the boats are pulled onshore and often undercover (as seen on Thursday's post - here's another taken as these are from good ol' Google Images..)
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SHIP LIFT; the names says it all - reserved for smaller craft.


THANKS FOR WATCHING!!! &*>


16 February 2015

TAKE THREE b

Monday's Critters

A bitterly cold, yet starkly bright day in Edinburgh... the sun must have been warming those slates!
(Click to 'biggify')

15 February 2015

TAKE TWO b

SUNdays



A 'rerun' - just because....

14 February 2015

TAKE ONE b

Saturday Symmetry



Using the Fudge on it's 'pop colour' option, favouring the blue, this already blue but very faded hoarding springs into interest... Leith docks.

13 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FIVE a

Oh my word - that's the second year of TAKES complete!!! Wooooooohoooooooooo... Break out the coconuts and maybe a chippy or nine. Ahem.


A drive-by shooting at night...crossing the Forth Road Bridge, looking out at North Queensferry.  It wasn't a smooth ride but, hey... pretty as a party in pictures...

12 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY FOUR a

Thursday's are 'anything goes' days...



I know, I know, another sneak out from my shipping obsession interest - but this didn't quite warrant a full shipping post.  This is over on the Isle of Bute, at Port Bannatyne, as viewed faaaaaaarr across the water from Toward peninsula... ferrys under maintenance.

11 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY THREE a

Wings on Wednesday -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious in photographing birds.
























Spotted at Leith Harbour...

10 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY TWO a

Shipping by...

The Cumbrae Island Ferry, taken from Largs foreshore. "Lochinvar" is 43.5m and carries up to 200 tonnes, UK registered in 2013.


09 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY ONE a

Monday's Critters

Yup - another 'skwirril' shot!!!

Actually, I also reposted this over at MENO blog, along with a little 'dialogue'... read it here.

08 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY a

SUNdays



It is a hard heart that would view this sunset and not wonder at the glory...

07 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY NINE a

Saturday  Symmetry


A raw and chill day but harsh with the low winter sun.  Leith Water, Edinburgh - because of the deep shadow, I used the flash to bring up some of the detail of the pathway...

Wierdly, the post nearby didn't reflect it...

06 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EIGHT a

"The cause is hidden. The effect is visible to all."
(Ovid)





















These pelargoniums alone blossomed midwinter - the slightest shelter brings forth life!

UPDATE;;;; Just discovered over at image-in-ing that USA is having a RED DAY - intended for clothes, but think this will fit the bill!

05 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SEVEN a



Took lots of this ship round in Loch striven... but this was the most 'arty and scenic' so it is sneaking in here!  It was the first outing with the Fudge.

04 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY SIX a

Wings on Wednesdays -
YAM's take on the good, the bad, the ugly and the downright hilarious of photographing birds.


A White-fronted Goose, which overwinters here. Taken at Dunoon's shore walk, on a sports setting and lens stretched 5x optical.

03 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE a

Shipping by...



This is the same foggy morning which has featured the last two weeks; actually this was the first photo of the day. As the ship drifted in, I noted the Ashleigh Jane was on her prawn run, and then got the two together!

The ship is the 'sister' of the Cemfjord, recently lost. This one is a regular on the Clyde - it is the Cemisle out of Antigua and Barbuda, 2000, cement carrier,
6000 t; 120m.












































This one was taken with the Fudge on 'toy' function, which seems to be a 'funnel nostalgia' kinda thing.

02 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR a

Monday's Critters



...did you think I'd used them all up last week???  Like a squirrel, I have several 'pouched' away!

(sorry to be 'recycling' so many but really have not seen any critters for a while... and anyway, these really do bear another viewing!)

01 February 2015

TAKE THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THREE a

SUNdays



Duthie Park, Aberdeen.

The sun was very reluctant to join us that morning!

















Taken with the 'Nik' on manual mode, 400ISO and using infill flash.