A Bit the Worse For Wear — Lens-Artists Challenge #168

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: Seen Better Days.

Starting off with some old buildings.

A tattered wind sock.

Wilted flowers.

Recuperating Muscovy duck with damaged wing.

Muscovy Duck

A storm damaged tree.

Storm damaged tree

Misty Mornings, Golden Grass and Blue Skies Overhead — Lens-Artists Challenge #167

Hi all 😃 My entry for this week’s #LAPC, set by Amy. This is also my entry for Terri’s Sunday Stills, Cee’s Mid-Week Madness Challenge, & Heyjude’s Life in Colour.

The leaves haven’t really started to change that much yet, but we are seeing a marked drop in temperatures, with mist & low clouds prevalent in the mornings & clear blue skies above.

Low cloud in the Forth Clyde Valley
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Actually in Colour — Lens-Artists Challenge #156

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge: Black & White, set by Anne of Slow Shutter Speed.

I thought I’d take a different approach to this one & share some shots that look black & white but are actually colour originals. This effect has come about from a combination of lighting, subject matter & even meteorology. At first the effect was unintentional, but became something I sought out from time to time.

The first are a pair of black boots on an indoor studio set up; I used to wear these at work & looking closer you can see blue paint transfer from pallets around the sole.

Boots on a indoor studio backdrop
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Squirrel Bench — Lens-Artists Challenge #146

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Patti: Focusing on the details.

These benches are in Kibble Palace in the Glasgow Botanic Gardens. At a casual glance they appear ro be wrought iron benches with wooden slats; looking closer, they have squirrels in the armrests.

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Learning to Fly — Lens-Artists Challenge #144

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: Taking Flight.

Originally my post was going to be titled “Floating not Flying” & feature this pair of mallards having an early morning paddle on the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Mallards on the Fourth & Clyde Canal
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Scottish Moorland in April — Lens-Artists Challenge #143

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Amy: Colourful April.

In Scotland at the moment we haven’t quite got into the green phase of spring. The Trees are only just starting to sprout & the wildflowers are not yet coming out to play; it’s almost a very autumnal scene on the moorland. April colours are a palette of browns, greys, golds, all set off by bright blue skies.

These shots I’m sharing with you today were all taken yesterday, just after sunrise. What is special about the April colours here, is the cleanness of the air. As we move through spring into summer, an inversion sets in — a quick meteorological lesson: Ordinarily temperature decreases with height, but during the summer months when high pressure is more prevalent over Scotland, cold air from higher up in the atmosphere sinks, dries out & warms up, forming a layer where the temperature actually increases with height — the inversion (usually around 2000-3000ft). This acts as a physical boundary in the lower atmosphere, trapping dust & industrial particulates lower down, causing haze. At present, with low pressure dominating, this is not the case, with very crisp, clear air and fantastic natural colours.

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