Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Sunset from Portencross

September has probably been the best month for weather here in Scotland with more dry and sunny days than we had during summer.

With the prospect of good weather all week I took a trip to Portencross in the hope of seeing a colourful sunset.

There was just enough light cloud in the sky to add colour and texture once the sun had gone down.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Edinburgh at Night

After walking around the Royal Mile all afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of the Fringe, we decided to head for Calton Hill to look down on the city as day turned to night.

The city has a very different feel after dark and from my viewpoint I could see along Princes Street and across to the castle.

The evening finished with a fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle as part of the Tattoo presentation.

Princes Street and Balmoral Hotel's clock tower
Edinburgh Castle
Fireworks display

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Hailed as the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh Fringe provides entertainment from music and dance to drama and comedy.

By day the performers gather on the Royal Mile handing out fliers and puting on short previews of their act.

The public gather round the makeshift stages and enjoy the colourful entertainment.

With people coming from all corners of the world to take part and also to spectate, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to come in August.

A man in his underpants juggling machettes
while balancing on top of a latter
Performers from 'The Korean Beautiful Performance' parade along the Royal Mile
'Fourth Monkey' actress handing out fliers
'Swingerella' possibly looking for a handsome prince
Music and dance from 'Split Second'
Hats with sunflowers
Girl playing her violin
'Afropella Night' a cappella singers from Ghana
Asian dancer
Dramatic poses underneath Adam Smith's statue
Cast member from 'Distinguished Gentlemen'
A tribute to 'The Blues Brothers'
'Hansel &Gretel' actress

Saturday, 25 July 2015

East Fortune Airshow 2015

Having been washed out of East Fortune the last time I visited, I had been hoping for better weather for a return trip to their annual airshow.

As can bee seen from my pictures, the weather started off sunny and grew cloudier as the day progressed with the rain coming on around 4pm. Fortunately this was a light enough shower which didn't cause many problems.

We had a wide range of aircraft displaying, from biplanes to the RAF's current Typhoon fighter jet.

More pictures will be added to my Picasa gallery as I edit them.

RAF Grob Tutor
Bucker Jungmann in Spanish Air Force colours
RAF Red Arrows
Spitfire configuration
Fairey Swordfish
Trig aerobatic team
Trig aerobatic team
Trig pilot waves to the crowd
Lockheed Orion with bomb bay opened
Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spifire, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
RAF Hawk T2 trainer jets in formation
Bristol Blenheim
Royal Navy Sea King from HMS Gannet search and rescue
Sea King displaying a rescue manoeuvre
Supermarine Seafire and Curtis Kittyhawk
"Huey" helicopter, widely used by the US military in Vietnam
Eurofighter Typhoon, not usually seen on camouflage markings

Monday, 20 July 2015

Boabarge 34

With the second of the new aircraft carriers coming together like a giant lego set, Boabarge 34 came up the Clyde to collect another section and transport it to Rosyth where it will be fitted into its location  on the Prince of Wales.

The barge was towed from Norway by Boa Udin, recognisable to some as ex-Svitzer tug Svitzer Pembroke.

On arrival at Greenock the barge was then handed over to local Svitzer tugs, Anglegarth and Ayton Cross for her journey upriver to Glasgow.