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Category Archives: Scotland
In which Gary visits Benmore Botanic Garden and gets some photos of the autumn colours.
In which Gary visits a park which has a great a viewpoint over Glasgow. Using his new camera he gets a photo of a slice of the city in the setting sun.
Pollok Country Park – on a cold, misty afternoon – yields a tree silhouetted against the fading colours in the twilight sky. Continue reading
Alloway’s auld haunted kirk was the location of the demonic gathering of witches in Robert Burns’ classic poem “Tam o’ Shanter”. I visited the ruin two years ago and got this spooky shot as dusk fell…
Driving back to my hotel, along the road from Mallaig, I was confronted by this striking rainbow. Continue reading
Craignethan Castle, a Historic Scotland property, is located in the Clyde Valley. The castle was built in the early 1530s and only lasted as a fortification for about 50 years before being demilitarised. Construction was started by an illegitimate son of James Hamilton, the 1st Earl of Arran – Sir James Hamilton of Finnart. Sir James went on to become Master of Works to King James V from 1536 to 1540.
One well known guest at the castle was Mary, Queen of Scots. Forced to abdicate in 1567 while imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle, she escaped the following year and was sheltered/entertained for a while at Craignethan Castle.
I hadn’t heard of the castle before, but it looked like an interesting afternoon out – and not too far from home…
This residential block at Cowcaddens Road and Port Dundas Road, near where I work, is known as “The Matrix”. I had spotted that at lunchtime the sun illuminates the south-facing main side of this apartment block quite nicely, bringing out the colour in the various panels.
I didn’t leave Ballachulish until the sun had set, so my drive down to Oban began in the dusk and ended in the dark. That was a pity since it seems to be an attractive drive. However, the Oban plan was for after-dark shots, so this didn’t matter too much. The first objective was to drive up to McCaig’s Folly.