Double Dipping — Cellpic Sunday, LAPC #181 and Weekend Sky

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ This is my latest post for LAPC, hosted this week bt Tina: Double Dipping. Thanks to the decent shots my new iPhone SE takes, I’ve joined the ranks of those who take part in John’s Cellpic Sunday; it’s real simple — take a pic with a cell phone & post it. These two shots of the same bit of woodland were taken 2 months apart.

Spot the difference
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A Big Change in 2021 — Lens-Artists Challenge #180, Sunday Stills and CFFC.

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Tina: Favourite images of 2021, Terri’s Sunday Stills & Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

These first shots are not just some of my favourites for 2021, but of all time. I enjoyed this session in particular because I arrived at Fannyside Lochs at sunrise & the conditions I found were as I expected. I felt I was able to get my eye in quickly, & of course, Lensy made an appearance.

…and so to the big change mentioned in the title; the arrival of our e-bikes. My wife (Susan) & I, have been car-free for nearly 10 years now & pre-covid would get around on public transport. Once covid came along, we decided public transport was a risk too far, so any travelling was done on foot. All this changed in May when our bikes, Stormy & Kali arrived & we were once again mobile. This photo & the new found sense of freedom that it represents, is our favourite of the year.

Kalkhoff e-bikes Stormy& Kali
Kalkhoff e-bikes Stormy& Kali
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A Dreich Day by the Canal — Fan Of… #135 and Lens-Artists #175

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ Feel free to join in this weekly challenge whenever you find yourself thinking “I’m a fan ofโ€ฆ” (see below for how-to).

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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A Trip Round Glasgow — Lens-Artists Challenge #173

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My entry for this week’s challenge, set by Tina: Interesting Architecture.

Transport Museum

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Waters of the Past — Water Water Everywhere #100, Fan Of… #131, PastSquares & Lens-Artists #171

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ Feel free to join in whenever you have a water picture, video or poem to post (any type of water, in any state, will do), or find yourself thinking “I’m a Fan Of…”. See below for how to join the fun ๐Ÿ˜

First off, a huge big thank you to all those who follow my blog, participate in my challenges & host their own, you’re all awesome ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

Woohoo ๐ŸŽ‰ 100 episodes of Water Water Everywhere ๐Ÿ˜ & as such, I thought a revisit of past WWEs was the way to go for the post & seems perfect to link up with Becky’s #PastSquares & my weekly Fan Of… challenge. These are my top 5 pics in no particular order (I was trying for top 3, but couldn’t wittle them down any further ๐Ÿ˜‚).

Although water may not be particularly wierd it is certainly wonderful, although I suppose viewing it through a lensball does add a touch of wierdness to it; as such I’ve linked this post into the Lens-Artists Challenge: Wierd & Wonderful, set this week by Leya ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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 ๐Ÿ˜ƒ 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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