Raindrops — Water Water Everywhere #127 and LAPC #200

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ 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 ๐Ÿ˜

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 ๐Ÿ˜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 ๐Ÿ˜‰.

The Rule of Thirds — Lens-Artists Challenge #197

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜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 ๐Ÿ˜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 ๐Ÿ˜‚

Feeling Blue — Lens-Artists Challenge #195

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Anne from Slow Shutter Speed: Colourful Expressions.

I don’t know why the colour blue is associated with feeling bad; to me, it’s bright blue skies, warmth & happiness. Like this guy enjoying the Californian sun.

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Bokeh — Lens-Artists #194

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks LAPC set by Sofia: Bokeh.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’d never really come across this term & was generally just happy to have a soft background to provide focus on the true subject. I haven’t always actively sought bokeh & it has been a happy by product of a shot; that was until I got my macro lens & concentrated on this effect more ๐Ÿ˜

Gorse macro
Gorse macro
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Barely A Straight Line In Sight — Lens-Artists #191

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks LAPC set by Leya: Curves and Debbie’s Six Word Saturday.

Curves of a dewy spider's web
Curves of a dewy spider’s web
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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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