Treasured Memories at the Beach — Lens-Artists Challenge #206

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Aletta from nowathome: Treasures; this is also my entry for Terri’s Sunday Stills.

A lot of my treasured memories are time spent at the beach with my wife, Susan. We met whilst both on meteorological courses in the Navy, at Culdrose in Cornwall. We both have an affinity for the sea & spent alot of time walking or body-boarding at the many beaches. This first set of beaches are at Malibu & Santa Monica from 12 years ago when we spent a month there after I retired from the Navy.

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Watchful Eyes — Lens-Artists Challenge #205

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: The eyes have it.

I have virtually no shots of human eyes, so I’ve gone with the animal world & a few different eyes.

These guys are definitely watchful.

Some young eyes…

calf
Calf

…some scary eyes πŸ˜‚

Some warning eyes…

…& some wooden eyes.

Cute eyes…

…& some tiny eyes.

Finally, some eyes that seem to follow you around the carpark!!!

Within a Days Ride — Lens-Artists Challenge #203

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Anne from Slow Shutter Speed: Local Vistas.

These are our bikes, Stormy (mine) & Kali (Susan’s). These are our only mode of transportation; as well as doing all our shopping with them (yes, we have a trailer for them), we also go sightseeing with them.

Kalkhoffs at the Forth & Clyde Canal
Kalkhoffs at the Forth & Clyde Canal
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Simple Yet Complex — Lens-Artists Challenge #202

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Sofia of Photografias: Minimalism/Maximalism.

This first shot of a sheep was originally posted in my Rule Of Thirds post; one of the comments I receieved was how simple the shot was.

Sheep
Sheep
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One’s Not Enough — Lens-Artists Challenge #201

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Leya: Three of a Kind.

I love macro photography, but sometimes getting up close doesn’t convey the scale of the whole picture. The local glen is carpeted with bluebells at the moment which is not seen in a macro shot.

The same is true with this huge blossom tree.

Large structures like the Forth Road Bridge, can need more than one shot to see the whole.

Sometimes, things just turn up in threes πŸ˜ƒ

Raindrops — Water Water Everywhere #127 and LAPC #200

Hi all 😁 Feel free to join in whenever you have a water picture to post (any type of water, in any state, will do). See below for how to join the fun 😁

This is also my post for Lens-Artists #200, set by Amy.

I’m always on the hunt for nature’s jewels, raindrops on plants.

Wild rose with raindrops
Wild rose with raindrops
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An Industrial Past — Lens-Artists Challenge #199

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by John of Journeys With Johnbo.

The central belt area of Scotland, from the River Clyde, across to the Forth Estuary was at the forefront of industry in the past.

The docks in Glasgow saw such ships as the Glenlee, a three masted sailing ship, but with engines & mechanical windlasses.

Here you can see old dock buildings on the Clyde with the new Transport Museum & masts of the Glenlee in the background.

Old dock buildings in Glasgow

The Padlle Steamer Waverley is the last seagoing passenger ship of its type in the world. She still runs sight seeing excursions on the Clyde & Clyde Estuary.

Waverley Paddle Steamer alongside Glasgow Science Centre

Caledonia Macbrayne (known locally as CalMac) ferries are the modern vessels serving the highlands & islands of Scotland.

CalMac ferry at Largs
CalMac ferry at Largs

The Finnieston Crane is another symbol of the Clyde’s industrial past.

Finniston crane
Finnieston Crane

The ornate Templeton Building near Glasgow Green was once a carpet factory, now home to offices & apartments.

Templeton Building
Templeton Building

The next three pics all link to the canals, a vital link between West & East.

Original horse power
Original horse power
Lock 20 on the Forth & Clyde Canal
Lock 20 on the Forth & Clyde Canal
The Kelpies -- a memorial to the heavy horse of the industrial era
The Kelpies — a memorial to the heavy horse of the industrial era

The Falkirk Wheel has to be seen to be believed; this modern marvel of engineering, it lifts boats from the Forth & Clyde Canal up to the Union Canal & vice versa.

Lensy’s been seen at the Falkirk wheel on occasion πŸ˜‰.

The Rule of Thirds — Lens-Artists Challenge #197

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Tina.

The rule of thirds is, to me, more of a guideline than a rigid instruction. That being said, I do apply it quite a lot in my compositions.

This Kelpies shot is one of my favourites, with the snow-covered hills in the background.

The Kelpies
The Kelpies
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Getting Funny Looks — Lens-Artists Challenge #196

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by John: Humour.

Getting funny looks from our feathered friends; I don’t know who looks more funny, me to them, or them to me.

I get odd looks from skwurrels as well.

Skwurrel

I was having a good laugh at these two playing hide & seek.

A pumpkin carving of the thhe Wellington statue in Glasgow, with it’s ever present traffic cone (the real thing below).

At the end of the day, the Kelpie on the right found it all funny πŸ˜‚