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I was quite pleased to notice that one of my favourite afternoon quick-escape locations is technically just north of the Highland Boundary Fault.

As I drove off the road, a flock of over 20 grouse shot out from the undergrowth and sprinted for dear life in front of me up to the carpark. Walking through the trees, I disturbed a deer grazing on the heather. Sometimes, you just can’t beat a few hours in golden sunlight, staring at mountains, for relaxation.

Light, Land and Heather… and ferns I was quite pleased to notice that one of my favourite afternoon quick-escape locations is technically just north of the Highland Boundary Fault.
Just Because on Flickr.

Just Because on Flickr.

Forth Railway Bridge

A friend of mine has regularly suggested that someone seems to dot road-signs saying “Take Photo Here” around the landscape.

Forth Railway Bridge

A friend of mine has regularly suggested that someone seems to dot road-signs saying “Take Photo Here” around the landscape.

Breadalbane, from afar on Flickr.

Breadalbane, from afar on Flickr.

One Saturday afternoon in September, I clambered up the Radical Road in Edinburgh to my favoured viewpoint. Herewith, some photos of crepuscular rays over the city.

Sunlight on Edinburgh One Saturday afternoon in September, I clambered up the Radical Road in Edinburgh to my favoured viewpoint.
Oct 8

A study in decay.

A listed historical building dating from around 1870, the Arkwright Society had a go at restoring this old bobbin mill near Sheldon in the late 70s, but nature seems to be winning again.

Ashford Bobbin Mill A study in decay. A listed historical building dating from around 1870, the Arkwright Society had a go at restoring this old bobbin mill near Sheldon in the late 70s, but nature seems to be winning again.
Oct 4

A few photos from a trip around Derbyshire.

Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the White Peak area of the Peak District, Derbyshire, consisting of about 50 local limestone boulders now mostly recumbent in a circle surrounded by a ditch and embankment.

Arbor Low A few photos from a trip around Derbyshire. Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument in the White Peak area of the Peak District, Derbyshire, consisting of about 50 local limestone boulders now mostly recumbent in a circle surrounded by a ditch and embankment.
Oct 2
Oban harbour

Oban harbour, one sunny Sunday afternoon

Oban harbour

Oban harbour, one sunny Sunday afternoon

Announcing Timelapse.jl - frame interpolation for timelapse photography

Announcing Timelapse.jl – frame interpolation for timelapse photography

A few years ago I wrote a python utility for interpolating a greater number of frames from a smaller set, for use in timelapse video/photography.

Recently, I’ve been trying to learn Julia. As a small challenge – to fulfil a potential forthcoming need – and because it claimed to be quite a fast language – I’ve rewritten the core of the script.

It’s quite refreshing – none of the gratuitous OO…

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A small selection of photos from The Hermitage near Dunkeld: some experiments with tree filigree – appreciating the patterns of tree branches and twigs lightly silhouetted against the sky – and the Black Linn waterfall as the River Braan flows through a gorge (some obligatory long-exposure work too, of course).

I met a gorgeous collie-x-lurcher on the way out of the carpark; the mud instantly went to trouser-pocket level and I didn’t care a jot, the merely 4-month-old wee dog was so overjoyed to see everyone.

Quite a nice place to walk in the woods of an afternoon!

The Hermitage A small selection of photos from The Hermitage near Dunkeld: some experiments with tree filigree - appreciating the patterns of tree branches and twigs lightly silhouetted against the sky - and the Black Linn waterfall as the River Braan flows through a gorge (some obligatory long-exposure work too, of course).

Sometimes, when the golden hour starts immediately after work finishes for the day, one just has to go for a drive around the middle of nowhere in Perthshire. A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across this scene along the back-road from Forgandenny to Glenfarg and was taken by the light on the undulating lines of the landscape.

I thought it interesting to compare it both in black & white versus colour, although both are a little more strongly processed than my usual taste.

Golden Hour Sometimes, when the golden hour starts immediately after work finishes for the day, one just has to go for a drive around the middle of nowhere in Perthshire.
Berries

More seasonal colours - red hawthorn berries seen on a walk in locally woods.

Berries

More seasonal colours - red hawthorn berries seen on a walk in locally woods.

Seasonal Delight

Detail of a fly agaric mushroom - just one of many tens of fungi found on a walk in the Black Woods of Rannoch, one of a few Caledonian Forest reserves.

Seasonal Delight

Detail of a fly agaric mushroom - just one of many tens of fungi found on a walk in the Black Woods of Rannoch, one of a few Caledonian Forest reserves.

How I Voted…

How I Voted…

Happily.

It’s the orthogonal thoughts that caught my eye, so to speak.

The trees still stand. I mean, the town still stands – apart from one tent in the very middle of the pedestrian area, I saw no more campaigning.

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Yes & No placards reside side by side, as do their representatives, chatting together outside the polling station.

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The Church is open for business, contemplation, prayer, stillness.

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How I’ll be Voting

How I’ll be Voting

Individually. I hold the idea of nationality very loosely: it sometimes applies but does not define.  I rate people trying to live their lives far higher than the games of politicians playing nations.

Thoughtfully. Manifestos have been read; factors – economic, political, constitutional, cultural, socially – considered, their importances determined;  a decision has been reached.

Carefully. The…

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