Water Lilies — Fan Of… #117

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This week’s Fan Of… is Water Lilies. I’ve always enjoyed seeing other peoples shots of Water Lilies but never had any to share myself. That is, until now, when the ones down at the Forth & Clyde Canal started to bloom.

Here are a few…

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This Weeks Bike Ride #2 — Sunday Stills and CFFC

Hi, all πŸ˜ƒ If you’ve seen my Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115 post, you’ll know that my wife & I recently got these bikes & are using them to explore the local area. As I’ll be taking plenty of photographs on the trips, I thought I’d share some of these with you πŸ˜€

This is also my post for Terri’s Sunday Stills: Are You Ready for the Great Outdoors; the answer is a resounding Yes 😁 & Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Water Found in Nature.

Another long ride this week, 80km (50 miles). Looking on various maps, we’d seen that there was an old Tower House in Alloa, so we thought we’d head over to the other side of the Forth & go have a look. Our ride was the usual mixture of canal paths, National Cycle Routes & cycle-friendly roads.

As usual, we joined the Forth & Clyde Canal (NCR 754) at Lock 20 & headed east towards the Kelpies. It was a bright, still morning with some good reflections in the canal, plenty of flowers & even a Heron sunning itself in the morning sun.

From the Kelpies, we headed north on NCR 76 towards the Clackmannanshire bridge to cross the Forth. There were some great views from the bridge of the older Kincardine Bridge and the flood plain as a whole.

Once over the bridge, we continued northwest towards Alloa along designated “cycle friendly roads” where the cars are told to slow for oncoming cyclists πŸ˜ƒ We paused briefly to get some shots of Clackmannan up on the hill; Clackmannan Tower is just visible through the trees in the last pic (we visited there on the way back).

Finally we reached Alloa Tower.

It was now time to start heading back, with a quick sidestep to Clackmannan Tower. This sits up on the hilltop with commanding views over the Forth Valley & the Ochil Hills to the North.

On the way back we decided to return via the Kincardine Bridge & headed onto a coastal cycle path (very narrow) which took us under the Clackmannanshire Bridge.

A wrong turn near Kincardine happily led us to a perfect spot for lunch. This was next to a large anchor acting as a memorial for lost sailors & ships from the local area. Again, there were great views of the Forth & the Kincardine Bridge.

After lunch, we headed up onto the bridge & picked up NCR 76 to take us back to the Kelpies, link up with NCR 754 & back home.

…and finally — there is one downside to cycling in good weather, particularly if you have little hair on your head. Whereas my wife suffers from helmet hair, I suffer from helmet head. You can actually see the pattern of my helmet on my scalp where it has been shaded from the sun 🀣🀣

Birdlife at the Canal — Fan Of… #116

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This week’s Fan Of… is birdlife at the canal. Enjoy this gallery of a mixture of swans, ducks, geese, a great blue heron & a cormorant πŸ˜ƒ

Geese
Greylag geese
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This Week’s Bike Ride #1

Hi, all πŸ˜ƒ If you’ve seen my Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115 post, you’ll know that my wife & I recently got these bikes & are using them to explore the local area. As I’ll be taking plenty of photographs on the trips, I thought I’d share some of these with you πŸ˜€

This week’s ride turned out to be a bit longer than anticipated; well, we knew the distance, but you can’t really get a feel for topography off 2D maps without contour lines πŸ˜‚ The end result was 73km (46 miles) & plenty of hills πŸ₯΅ We headed out to Bo’ness & back using a mixture of canal paths, National Cycle Routes (NCR) & normal roads. Today was more about seeing how far we were comfortable going in one day, so not so many snaps.

Down at the Forth & Clyde Canal, it was still early & mist was sitting over the water’s surface.

Forth & Clyde Canal
Forth & Clyde Canal
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Kalkhoff E-Bikes — Fan Of… #115

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This week’s Fan Of… Our Kalkhoff e-bikes which are totally awesome & have changed our lives.

My wife & I are just entering our 10th year without a car & couldn’t be happier about it. Up until last year, we went everywhere by public transport or on foot. Last year, with the pandemic, came major travel restrictions, especially so on public transport. As restrictions have started to lift, we are still not overjoyed by the prospect of sitting in an enclosed space with others to travel & have become confined to where ever we can get to on foot.

Until last month, that is, when we took delivery of our 2 new Kalkhoff Agattu 1.S XXL e-bikes (the shot below was taken the day after we got them) & we couldn’t be happier with them πŸ˜ƒ

Kalkhoff Agattu e-bikes
Kalkhoff Agattu e-bikes
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Lensy’s View of the Falkirk Wheel — Fan Of… #114

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This week’s Fan Of… Lensy’s view of the Falkirk Wheel.

These first two shots were taken at the lock entrance to the wheel basin, & the wheel in the background looks like a giant bird head.

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Falkirk Wheel — Fan Of… #113

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This week’s Fan Of… is the Falkirk Wheel. The Falkirk Wheel (☜ click here for more info) is a rotating boat lift that moves canal boats up & down between the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals.

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A Different View of The Kelpies — Fan Of… #112

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This week’s Fan Of… is the Kelpies as seen by Lensy.

This Fan Of... post follows on from last weeks Fan Of… #111 about The Kelpies (☜ click here for more info). So far, I haven’t seen many other lensball shots of the Kelpies & thought they would lend themselves to this style of photography.

Lensball shot of the Kelpies
Lensball shot of the Kelpies
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The Kelpies — Fan Of… #111

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This week’s Fan Of… The Kelpies.

The Kelpies (☜ click here for more info) are the largest equine sculptures in the world & are modelled on two workhorses of times gone by, Duke & Baron, representing the lineage of the heavy horse that were key to Scotland’s industrial success. The Kelpies sit at the eastern end of the Forth & Clyde Canal & are well worth a visit if you are ever in the area.

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When Photography Goes Wrong — An Unfortunate Silhouette πŸ˜‚

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ I was out with Lensy for a dawn walk yesterday, visiting what has become my favourite sunrise spot. There’s a post that Lensy usually sits on for his shoot, but I found a new seat for him.

Lensball on fallen branch
Lensball on fallen branch
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