Friday, 20 February 2015

RSPB Lochwinnoch

It has been too long since my last visit to the RSPB nature reserve at Lochwinnoch. The staff are very friendly and helpful, as are the visitors I spoke to in the photo hide.

Within a short space of time I had seen at least a dozen species of birds, some of which were too quick or distant to be captured by my camera.

I have promised myself a return visit shortly.

Male Chaffinch with a tasty morsel
Lesser redpoll beside a pond
A pair of  Mallards
Male Mallard
Male Siskin on a tree stump
Blue tit
Long-tailed tit at a peanut feeder
Long-tailed tit hiding behind the feeder
Robin on a mossy rock
Goldfinch on a thorny branch
Reed bunting
Great tit at a feeding station
Scarlet elf cup fungi on a branch
Snowdrops beside the visitor centre

Saturday, 7 February 2015

A82 Road Trip

Running from Glasgow to Inverness, the A82 is the main road linking the central belt to the western highlands of Scotland.

Within a relatively short period of time you can get access to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

We set out early in the morning with the intention of going to Glencoe, but had to stop several times to take in the sight before us.

A day is too short a timescale to take in so breathtaking vistas. The outcome being that a return trip is already being planned.

Mist covering the base of Beinn Dorain near Tyndrum
Bridge over the River Orchy
Loch Tulla
Black Rock Cottage with Buachaille Etive Mor in the background
Red deer grazing
Kingshouse Hotel
Loch Etive
Ben Starav overlooks Loch Etive
Red deer stag
Sunset over Glen Etive

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Monte Carlo Historique 2015

Back at Paisley for the second year running, the Monte Carlo Historique rally again chose Abbey Close as one of its starting locations for 2015.

It's always good to see the classic cars presented for the public to admire.

With the race starting in the evening, camera shutter speeds were low. This meant that most of my photos were taken while the cars were static.

Volkswagen Golf
Mini Cooper

Ford Escort Mk 1
A little bit of last minute route planning in a Sunbeam Talbot Extreme
Saab 96
Spare wheel on a Morgan +8
A pair of Austins, A40 and Mini
Lotus Cortina
Cars lined up for the start of the rally
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Paisley Abbey providing a colourful backdrop
Opel Kadett setting out for Monte Carlo
MGB GT waiting to start the race

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Bo'ness Diesel Gala

My last photo outing of 2014 took me back to Bo'ness, a place I have visited several times throughout the past year.

While I have a preference for steam, I thoroughly enjoyed my day out even though the temperature struggled to raise itself much above freezing point all day.

There were several classes of engines going back and forwards from Bo'ness station to Manuel, near Linlithgow.

Manuel halt on the Bo'ness & Kinneil railway
47643 at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
Class 37 diesel loco passes Kinneil Halt on a frosty afternoon
GB Railfreight diesel loco 66721 at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
47643 at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
66721 at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
Deltic loco 55022 and her admirers at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
66721 at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
Deltic loco 55022 Royal Scots Grey at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
Close-up of Deltic loco 55022 Royal Scots Grey at the Bo'ness Diesel Gala
Festive lights on Bo'ness station patform
Bo'ness station platform
Bo'ness Diesel Gala drawing to a close