For the duration of this notice, unless otherwise stated, all images have been trawled from my photographic archives... pandemic times have curtailed camera times!!!

30 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY SEVEN b

It is Last Thursday - when things go even more sideways!






















A reflection in a window some way off caught my attention. Then got shifted in PhoXo...

29 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY FIVE b

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


28 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY FOUR b

Shipping by...



One of the many in our local fishing fleet... however, that day its transponder wasn't on so no online tracking and I couldn't make out it's name here either.... clearly it is trawling, rather than creeling...

27 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY THREE b

Monday's Critters




























Extreme extension of the lens has resulted in less than clear vision... was hunting for lambs - no luck...

26 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY TWO b

MOONdays

























February on the wane...

25 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY ONE b

Saturday Symmetry


























That's Fishery Patrol Vessel 'Jura', (sister ship of 'Minna"). Leith harbour. 

24 April 2015

TAKE SEVENTY b

"Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire."
(William Penn)


23 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY NINE b

Thursday is the day for looking sideways..


















Giant capstan at Leith Docks

22 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY EIGHT b

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


























...sigh... slim pickings...

21 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY SEVEN b

Shipping by...



A387, RFA Fort Victoria; naval supply and fuel replenishment; 1990; 204m; 31000t.

This was round at Loch Striven oil depot. Barely a week later, there was a great flurry of movement upon the Clyde Estuary (remember we have Faslane just up the creek...) To see an incoming convoy series.... click here!

20 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY SIX b

Monday's Critters



Have been doing some desperate things to try and build up my critters folder again... I was parked having a flask of tea and this lady walked by... surreptitiously got the Fudge into action via the wing mirror!

It's a chocolate labradoodle, 'case you were wondrin'...

19 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY FIVE b

SUNdays




...I can see the sun... can you see the sun???

18 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY FOUR b

Saturday Symmetry



The car park of the Ocean Terminal Shopping monstrosity mall, Leith, Edinburgh.

17 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY THREE b

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
(Mark Twain)


16 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY TWO b

Thursdays take a walk to the right of left...

















The Pentland Hills loom large behind the spires of Edinburgh city as seen mid-winter and at midday... switched into 'soft focus sepia' mode.


...and then, just because I could...

15 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY ONE b

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




Remember the Tufted Duck? Well a couple of weeks later and half a country away, I found some more - including this female of the species. Unlike Mallards, these appear to prefer to separate into same-gender company. Presumably that changes at the appropriate time in Spring!

14 April 2015

TAKE SIXTY b

Shipping by...
Wanted to round up the 'takes' from 2014 and ex-the 'Nik'... so here's the final three of that year.

















NOT monochrome - just one of 'thoooose' November mornings. Also just before I discovered 'Marine Traffic' and so no details on this, as I also can't make out the name...











Headed for Finnart.
JAG LYALL, Mumbai India, 2004, oil products bulk carrier, 244m, 90000t.


















Headed out from Finnart.
NANSEN SPIRIT, Nassau Bahamas, 2010, a 'Haz A' class tanker, 249m, 109000t.


Those of you who are regulars here will by now be getting a 'scale'... as I nearly always have the lens stretched to the full 30x zoom and stand in exactly the same spot at my window. Thus the occasional appearance of trees or chimneys gives a baseline measure. Which is to say, the Nansen is a MONSTER... &*>


13 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY NINE b

Monday's Critters


Early Spring - thought there might be a lambkin or two - but had to make do with just me and a ewe... or three.

12 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY EIGHT b

SUNdays.


I was the passenger as the father drove us one wintry weekend afternoon....

11 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY SEVEN b

Saturday Symmetry




Continuing to use my stock from Leith Docks. The 'Wings' offering was from this place... top left corner of structure - you can just make out the shag - I somehow didn't notice the statue at the end until I uploaded to the computer.

It appears to be 'nekkid'. Not a fisherman then.

As one does, a search was made.  If you are interested, CLICK HERE.

10 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY SIX b




"In search of my mother's garden, I found my own."
(Alice Walker)

09 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY FIVE b

Thursday again already.  What is today's pot-luck?




...Utopia???

No. It is, though, a new housing settlement on land reclaimed from industrial use North of Edinburgh. This shot was taken from Leith Docks, across the firth to the area called Granton - it is an actual terms some seven or eight miles 'crow-flies' distance, but the Fudge's zoom brought it nearer.

08 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY FOUR b

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


This was a bit of a coup. Early January, when the weather turned to actual winter, looking out the Father's window in Edinburgh a single bird of different plumage was spotted.  At first I thought female blackbird (as there was a male of that species also on the shrub). However, when it turned to me I realised it was something else.

FIELDFARE! Rare enough to see in it's usual flocks - more so in urban areas. This one was all alone. May have been blown off course by the gales.  What a little darling!

07 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY THREE b

Shipping by...




Am a bit behind in putting up ship shots... this one was taken back in December, down at Hunterston, off Largs.

New Hydra, out of Panama; 2011; bulk carrier; 292m; 179258t.

...dat are biiiigggggg...




Here's a littlie, just to balance things out a bit. Taken also in December (hence all the 'misty-ness').

HMC Valiant; Border Force (customs); 2004; 'Cutter' class, 42m. 

06 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY TWO b

Monday's Critters



Resorting to some chicanery as am short on critter-picz still.  Here's something to test your eyes this day... spot the critter!!! Answer will be given after comments (if no one gets it).

05 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY ONE b

SUNdays




...that one magical sunset in December 2014...

"Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed." (St John 21:29)

A BLESSED EASTER TO YOU ALL.

04 April 2015

TAKE FIFTY b

Saturday Symmetry























This bridge at Leith Water is being preserved. It cannot be walked upon.

03 April 2015

TAKE FORTY NINE b

"The men who learn endurance are they who call the whole world 'brother'."
(Charles Dickens)


02 April 2015

TAKE FORTY EIGHT b

It's Thursday. Anything goes...



Peering through a gap in two-metre high hoarding, a backwards glance at the 'Windsor Castle'.

01 April 2015

TAKE FORTY SEVEN b

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





















Clearly there was business to attend to here! Black-back gull taking flight, Gull fledgling observing it; shag preening, as are the pair of common gulls.




Taken at Leith Docks, New Year 2015.