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!!!

31 March 2015

TAKE FORTY SIX b

Shipping by...


Well, this was an interesting one... Not all that large really, but still with the two tugs. Turns out this is the RFA "Wave Knight"... worth clicking that link!  I had taken several shots, but switching into mono definitely favoured this one.  Do you agree?

30 March 2015

TAKE FORTY FIVE b

Monday's Critters
.....resorting to archives again......tsk.... have 'tizzied' it up, for a point of difference.


29 March 2015

TAKE FORTY FOUR b

MOONday



Really?  Another month down?  Yikes.

Two of the same moon rise in January for you today.






















Not super-sharp because they were taken through double-glazing at a disadvantaged angle...and, let's face it, the glass could be cleaner...

28 March 2015

TAKE FORTY THREE b

Saturday Symmetry


Bright winter sun and a long draw on the lens gave this photo of the tug "Fidra"  and the control house at Leith docks a sharp cut. The Firth of Forth stretches out behind them and yonder dark hills are actually the Kingdom of Fife... nearly three miles away!  The poles giving the symmetry are lamps - well more like spotlights really...

27 March 2015

TAKE FORTY TWO b



"The imagination is the golden path to everywhere.." 
(Terence McKenna)

26 March 2015

TAKE FORTY ONE b

Anyway Thursdays are when it gets a bit strange...


Ocean Terminal is at Leith Docks. The Royal Yacht Brittania (decomissioned) now rests here as a tourist and events pavillion.  Around it an enormous shopping extravaganza has arisen.  Oh well...



Meanwhile, some of us have to really deal with the ocean... or at least some small part of it... as we make our way home.

Aboard the Gourock-Dunoon ferry. When perhaps one ought to have thought better of it...

25 March 2015

TAKE FORTY b

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



The Father and myself had a fun time trying to find out what this one might be called. He did not recall ever seeing one before and we were quite sure it would be something exotic.

Meet 'The Tufted Duck'.

Yup.  That's all folks....

24 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY NINE b

Shipping by...






...the Cumbrae Ferry "Loch Shirra"... nowhere near Cumbrae!  This was a dreadful stormy day and I was waiting for the Gourock-Dunoon ferry myself, when this one chugged by, heading into Greenock.  Just to prove that there can be still and golden moments here on the Clyde, managed to capture this next one of the "Eilidh Anne", one of our local fishing vessels, in a fine winter's sunrise.


23 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY EIGHT b

Monday's Critters



Leash?  What leash....? A crisp winter's morning waddle for this pair of elders!

22 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY SEVEN b

SUNdays



The Fallen of the Commonwealth; a row of decorated fighters.

Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh.

21 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY SIX b

Saturday Symmetry



Jewish Section, Newington Cemetery, Edinburgh.

20 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY FIVE b



"The world is full of magical things waiting for our wits to grow sharper."
(Bertrand Russell)

19 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY FOUR b

Anytime Thursdays... a pick of peeks...



The building which featured last Saturday, but in a longer shot... and how about a skyline, just for good measure...



This was taken from Leith docks looking over towards the city centre... Edinburgh's East end, Calton hill.

18 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY THREE b

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



A Greylag Goose enjoying brief winter warmth....

17 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY TWO b

Shipping by...



I apologise for letting the side down... I totally forgot to look up the details of that top one and cannot make out the name on the hull... sigh... nice shade of red though.  Next is the Cemisle, 'cousin' of the Cemfjord, which was lost at sea recently. Lastly, to make up for these two miseries, a beauty-shot of one of my favourites...

16 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY ONE b

Monday's Critters


A 'drive-by' shooting... the sheep almost disappear into the landscape!

15 March 2015

TAKE THIRTY b

SUNdays



Clouds are not all bad, you know...

14 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY NINE b

Saturday Symmetry

This Victorian building at Leith Docks may once have served as an ocean terminus of some sort - and is currently utilised as the offices of Forth Ports PLC. Glad it wasn't demolished as it lends strong character to the waterfront.

13 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY EIGHT b

"It was one of those March days, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold; 
when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade."
(Charles Dickens)


12 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY SEVEN b

Thursdays are a bit loose and fancy...



...as if you hadn't seen enough wintry pictures all over the net by now...

11 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY SIX b

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



Caught this cormorant capering... everyone must take care of morning ablutions!!!

Technically, it is a Shag, the smaller cormorant species which is in 'amber' status here in UK. One of the few places its numbers are stable is around the Firth of Forth - which is exactly where I found this one.

10 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY FIVE b

Shipping by...


Who is that peeking round the tree?

'Tis the mighty "Yeoman Bank"; Monrovia, Liberia; 1982; general cargo; 44,000t; 205m.

09 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY FOUR b

Monday's Critters

NIGHT DUTY!... I happened to look out and spot this fellow in the wee small hours... extended lens and long exposure ensured the blur. Sorry about that - but then again, is this not how things tend to look when you have woken half way through a decent sleep and wondered where in the world you are?!

08 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY THREE b

SUNdays.


















Looking across St Margaret's Loch, (Holyrood Park) to St Anthony's Chapel.

07 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY TWO b

Saturday Symmetry




Down here by the coastline, snow, if it comes, generally doesn't stay around for long.  There can be one or two exceptions though. The symmetry of nature and the man-tended lands are transformed...




06 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY ONE b

"Solitude is a place of purification."
(Paul Buber)


05 March 2015

TAKE TWENTY b

On Thursdays, it's a free for all... a little series from around Leith Water and docks.



04 March 2015

TAKE NINETEEN b

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



The female Red Breasted Merganzer you saw a few weeks back turned up with a mate...

03 March 2015

TAKE EIGHTEEN b

Shipping by...







On the 24th November last year, these two ships crossed my particular horizon.

Ternvag; Denmark (Skagen); 2003; Chemical tanker; 141m; 12500t.



Bro Developer; Denmark (Copenhagen); 2007; Chemical tanker; 147m; 13000t;

02 March 2015

TAKE SEVENTEEN b

Monday's Critters



This fine, though ageing, pair of mutts walk early every morning and are always keen to say hello if met on the street. They were spotted through my first floor window on this damp and windy day as keen as ever to check out the pee-mail!

01 March 2015

TAKE SIXTEEN b

SUNdays.

















Glisten... Pre-Christmas sunrise over the Firth of Clyde... (NOT mono - that is the pewter colour Scotland can throw out!)