Helix Park — Fan Of… #136 and Pull Up a Seat #48

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This week’s Fan Of… is a visit to Helix Park.

This is also my entry for Xinfumama’s Pull Up a Seat Challenge. Check out the seat below 😃

Helix Park is an outdoor visitors centre just outside of Falkirk & forms part of the Kelpies attraction. The Park is a very open area with a kids playpark, café, plenty of bike parking & two very large ponds. Both ponds are frequented by a variety of water birds: Swans, ducks, coots, geese & gulls, to mention but a few.

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A Dreich Day by the Canal — Fan Of… #135 and Lens-Artists #175

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This week’s Fan Of… is a dreich day by the canal. Probably not everyone’s idea of a day to be out on the bikes, but we’ve decided we’re not just fair-weather cyclists.

Being out on our bikes exploring is our version of bliss for my wife & me, & so this is also my entry for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, hosted this week by Lindy Low LeCoq: Follow Your Bliss.

We don’t have a car & since we got our bikes earlier in the year, we have clocked up over 700km & have seen many local attractions & a plethora of nature that we would never have otherwise come across. We use the Forth & Clyde Canal a lot to get around & I have been able to capture many images that have featured extensively in my Fan Of… & Water Water Everywhere Challenges, as well as in many other photographic challenges.

A soggy Susan & the bikes at Auchinstarry Marina
A soggy Susan & the bikes at Auchinstarry Marina
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Cycling by the Canal In Autumn — Fan Of… #134

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This week’s Fan Of… is cycling by the canal in autumn; low sun angle, still waters & reflections, lots of golden browns & a family of swans 😃

Low sun on Forth & Clyde Canal
Low sun on Forth & Clyde Canal
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Whale Fall Phone Holder — Fan Of… #133 and Cellpic Sunday

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This week’s Fan Of… is my new Whale Fall Handlebar Phone Holder. All the pics in the post were taken with my iPhone & so this is also my entry for John’s Cellpic Sunday. John’s challenge inspired me to use my new iPhone SE camera more for photography & hence the new phone holder. My previous holder, whilst sturdy, was not waterproof & also a bit fiddly to get my phone on & off of. This one is much simpler & allows me to stop, get my phone, quickly take some pics, & put it away again before carrying on riding 😃

This new holder attaches to the bars using a simple screw ratchet (can just be seen under the holder body).

Whale Fall phone holder
Whale Fall phone holder
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Lunch With a View — Fan Of… #128

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This week’s Fan Of… is Lunch with a View.

Viewpoint overlooking Forth/Clyde Valley
Viewpoint overlooking Forth/Clyde Valley
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Camera Bag Modification — Fan Of… #124

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This week’s Fan Of… is modifying Snappy’s camera bag to fit the Klickfix adapter on my bike. Since we got our Kalkhoff e-bikes, we’ve used them for all manner of purposes; short, local runs, including shopping & runs further afield to explore new places & get plenty of photos for mine & other challenges. From the outset we decided on a handlebar system by Klickfix to carry front baskets for our essentials; for me that’s Snappy with his 18-300mm zoom fitted, amongst other things.

I’d looked extensively at all manner of bags & baskets & settled on one that would comfortably hold him, his spare lens etc. The basket I got had a zippable lid & raincover, the inside also had bottle loops that were ideal for securing lenses. The only downside was that Snappy had to sit on his body with the lens pointing up. This meant that I had to lift him out by the lens which I was not a fan of.

I looked far & wide for a bag specifically for a DSLR, but drew a blank. This led to me modifying my existing shoulder case with a Klickfix mounting plate to fit the adapter 😃

DSLR bag modified for Klickfix handlebar adapter
DSLR bag modified for Klickfix handlebar adapter
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