Saturday, 18 December 2010

Brief Visit to Strontian in the snow

Strontian Post Office
Strontian Post Office
also the petrol station and general store
and, of course, 'the boat'

Strontian Hotel in snow
Strontian Hotel

Kilcamb Hotel in snow
Kilcamb Lodge Hotel

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Periwinkle shell

1 of 3 different concrete shells along Carnoustie beach front. Really good along the seafront here now.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Yachts at Brechin Castle

Brechin yachts 2/4
amazing to watch these radio controlled yachts being raced at Brechin Castle

Sarah oil vessel

Sarah 1/2
x-bow vessel in Montrose harbour

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Corran Ferry- floating pier (video)

Corran Ferry- floating pier

Corran Ferry- floating pier 6/7
installed to allow the MV Maid of Glencoul to provide a service during the reconstruction of the pier at Nether Lochaber on the Corran Narrows.

Without this temporary solution, the local population would have been without a ferry for several weeks. There are restrictions on vehicle weight and sailing hours during the work.

Expected completion date early December 2010.
click through for more photos

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Seed head

Seed head
This seed head managed to remain intact for 2 days.  It was hiding underneath the bridge where there was obviously no draught at all.

Friday, 10 September 2010


Swallows fleeing
I could hear them and I really couldn't miss seeing them either. Lots of swallows. Some were feeding and others were gathering on nearby roof tops and.... aerials!

Did we have 2 hatchings this year? I don't know, perhaps they were just late because of the strange weather.

This gang was sitting on the aerial and ignored me as I took photos from below until, just as I took this shot, a door slammed. This was the result.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Rowan Gorilla VII

Rowan Gorilla VII 2/2
Jacked up oil rig towering above the city in Dundee.

photos taken from moving car near to the Kingsway East last friday evening. (by the passenger!)

Monday, 6 September 2010

Prinsendam meets Calmac in Oban

Prinsendam meets Calmac 2/3
Calmac ferry 'MV Isle of Mull' sailing past Holland America's 'Prinsendam' on her way into Oban today.

The original destination was supposed to be Fort William but it was changed some weeks ago. Looking at the size of the cruise ship, can you imagine what she would have looked like in the Corran Narrows? if she fitted through... that is.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Sunset over Loch na h-Achlaise

Rannoch Moor sunset 1/3
Heading west across Rannoch Moor on Friday evening at the end of a warm sunny day.  The sunset was spectacular and we were just travelling fast enough to get several different photographs.

Taken from the moving car but I wasn't driving

Saturday, 4 September 2010

North Esk bridges

North Esk bridges 3/12
The 'retired' rail bridge on the left,  now a cycle/walking path and the road bridge on the right.

Both bridges reflected in the North Esk

12 photos from this series-  click on this photo.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Sail around The World

Round the World in an hour
not quite what it seems, notice for a trip boat in Oban today.

The World of Residensea

The World
Residensea cruise ship in Oban Bay today.
The WorldThe World- starboard 3/6The World
The World

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Seagull antics series: 1/11

Seagull antics series: 1/11
Now there must be a switch in here somewhere?

click on the picture for the full series

Stornoway,  29 July 2010

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Marco Polo in Stornoway

Calmac and Marco Polo 3/4
MV Isle of Lewis leaves MS Marco Polo in Stornoway

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Ny Alesund, Svalbard

We arrived at the tiny town of Ny Alesund and, although the ship didn't actually fit on the pier, the Captain skillfully docked us alongside.

Pirates!  Here in Ny Alesund?  perhaps not,  this raft looked like it was built for fun.
The hotel looked kind of quiet...
This amazing place had all sorts of buildings,  the Kafe...
the research buildings...
and the small wooden houses and huts...
not to forget the furthest north post office.
they all sat on the edge of the Arctic tundra

but the train didn't seem to be running today.  (okay, I had to take a photo of the train, everyone takes a photo of the train ! )

Magdalenafjord, Svalbard

An early morning arrival in Magdalenafjord was signalled by a change in the engine tone on Marco Polo.
Glaciers again, a very big glacier
there were strange patterns in the ice
and Rudolf Nureyev danced on the deck.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Longyearbyen (3)

The cotton grass grew,  bigger than it does it home
We visited the museum,  in the same building as the university and learned about life high in the arctic.  We also learned about the explorers and how Longyearbyen had been an international coal mining town.
the museum has beautiful wooden floors so you have to take off your shoes before entering
I saw the Svalbard seed vault where they're storing crop seeds for the future from around the world in case of disaster.
I watched the glaciers again as we departed.
while some brave passengers sat in the jacuzzi-  I didn't think you were allowed to feed the dolphins?

Longyearbyen (2)

We got on the shuttle bus to town...   this is Longyearbyen high street,  it includes shops, post office, hotels, stores, tourist ships, sports hire and a pub.
The church sits on the hill overlooking the town
the snowmobiles are parked in front of the houses,  stored, waiting, until the snow returns.
there were multicoloured houses and multicoloured flats
and a strange structure that looked as though it had come straight out of 'War of the Worlds'

Longyearbyen, Svalbard

More glaciers,  I hadn't realised that there were any at Longyearbyen.  More photographs,  aren't you glad I'm not posting them all here?
the light shone through the clouds and hit the edge of the ice.
the rock structure was unusual-  but I was soon going to realise that this is a feature of Svalbard and the arctic.
we sailed past the... campsite ?..
and moored at the quayside.  ''Beware the polar bears'' we were warned.  ''Don't go outside the town,  don't go past the notices without a guide''