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

31 December 2019

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Let the old year sink away, and may you float smoothly in the new!

HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HOGMANAY DEAR BLOGPALS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND COMMENTS THROUGHOUT 2019.

MAY 2020 BE ALL THAT YOU HOPE OF IT!!!

30 December 2019

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Monday's Critters























A doe, a deer, a female deer...

...and a suckling fawn! A little bit of awwwwwsome to end 2019's critter showings.

29 December 2019

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MOONdays



New moon, new year rising...

28 December 2019

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Saturday Symmetry


As we walk into another year, may it be paved as beautifully as this!

27 December 2019

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"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every new year find you a better man."
(Benjamin Franklin)

26 December 2019

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Last Thursday of the last (for this year).



























A stand of toadstools got YAMerised...

25 December 2019

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Said the Cocky to the Kooka!

It was coming up to barbecue time and territory was being established. We had a family of six Kookaburras who held their ground. There was Peter, Piper, Pickeda, Pieca, Pickled and Pepper.

No. I am not kidding.

HAVE  A FUN DAY EVERYONE!!!

24 December 2019

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I saw three ships...

Well... three wee boats in Newhaven harbour, North Edinburgh.

23 December 2019

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Monday's Critters
























The subordinate stag of the Torridon herd. No red nose...

22 December 2019

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SUNdays

The central panel of the chancel window shown in yesterday's post. One of the most lovely stained glass features I have ever seen ... and there have been many.


21 December 2019

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Saturday Symmetry


The large chancel window of Inverness Cathedral. It is truly magnificent. Come back tomorrow for a close-shot.

20 December 2019

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"The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy."
(Helen Hayes)
In response to enquiries yesterday, I went in search of more about the Rondello violin. This short article and image are interesting. There are several lengthier and more academic items if anyone cares to do their own search. There are no musical items available for listening, sadly.

19 December 2019

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Third Thursday of the last.


One of only six 'rondello' violins ever built - right here in Scotland!

18 December 2019

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



second of the archival scans showing the cockatoos which would visit our yard in Turramurra (Sydney). This was shot from my bedroom window, at quite an angle, hence the 'warping'.

17 December 2019

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another taken from that speeding bus (hence the lettering at lower edge). That looks like a digger of some description on the deck - your guess is as good as mine!

(Look closely in backgroung - that's the Dumbarton train headed for Glasgow!)

16 December 2019

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Monday's Critters


To see out the three weeks of the Festive Season, a series of shots from the deer park at Torridon. The dominant stag kept his distance but definitely wanted us to know he was watching the watchers! They are red deer.

15 December 2019

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SUNdays


This is the full image from which I created this year's seasonal blog header. The three kings (or wise men, if you prefer) offering their gifts, and the departure from Bethlehem.

14 December 2019

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Saturday Symmetry


The second in the mini-series of sacred windows.

13 December 2019

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I'll remind you all, however, that for government, existence is a privilege, not a right.
(L. Neil Smith)

12 December 2019

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Second Thursday of the last.


A Nairn fishwife.

Okay. A bronze cast representing a Nairn fishwife. 

11 December 2019

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


Another of the scanned shots from thirty years back: and the first of three of the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos who used to frequent our backyard!

10 December 2019

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This was taken from a fast-moving bus, so I'm delighted I got anything to show you at all! This is the Glen Sannox. A ferry under construction for Caledonian MacBrayne, it has been the source of much agonising in the ship-building industry fo the Clyde. The government has now taken over the yard in the hopes of finally getting the thing completed and the sister ship done as well. It's been on the go for over four years now... This is Ferguson Marine at Port Glasgow.

09 December 2019

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Monday's Critters


Last offering from the taxidermy series at Inverness Museum. This is Felicity. An elderly puma who was caught in Cannich (in the hills above Loch Ness) in 1980. Not a native of this land, but of the Americas, she was almost certainly an escaped (or abandoned) pet. She saw out her days under the care of the Highland Wildlife Park.

08 December 2019

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SUNdays


Taken from the car as we passed it in Nairn.

Not particularly sunny, but very much fitting second Sunday Advent.


07 December 2019

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Saturday Symmetry


Windows can be relied upon for symmetry. Cathedral windows every bit so - this is the first of three from Inverness to see us up to Christmas week.

06 December 2019

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"You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one."
(Jean-Jacques Rousseau)


05 December 2019

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Thursday. First of the last.

The river runs through it... the city of Inverness.

04 December 2019

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

From the archives... taken on the old Minolta thirty years back! This print was scanned so lost even more integrity, but still very recognisable as a juvenile mountain Lowry (aka Crimson Rosella)

03 December 2019

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I gave you the close-up of this wreck and Rose asked to see more. Well, here it is. The story goes that 'Captain Disaster' (as he was known after this), a fisherman of Dialbeag, got 'well-oiled' one night and decided he needed to take the boat out despite the storm. His crew protested, to no avail. They were scarcely a mile from the harbour before getting blown right back to the spot you see here, with obvious consequences. No loss of life, but definitely loss of face...and livelihood. Now Captain Disaster goes around the Torridon area as the 'fix all' handyman.

Would you want your plumbing or carpentry 'fixed' by Captain Disaster?

02 December 2019

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Monday's Critters



Another of the taxidermies at Inverness Museum. This was the alpha (breeding) female of a pack of Mackenzie river wolves which resided at the Highland Wildlife Park. None of that original pack remains. Scandinavian wolves are now the pack in the highlands.

This picture does her no justice - she was HUGE!
As tall as a great dane and two times the mass.

01 December 2019

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First SUNday in Advent.

A close-up of the rood cross above the choir screen seen in yesterday's image.

The design of this and the screen was by Sir Robert Lorimer, who was also responsible for the Scottish War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle. The cross and screen were erected in 1923 as a war memorial to local fallen.