Shadows Need Light — Lens-Artists Challenge #152

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Leya: Shades & Shadows.

Icicle & its shadow
Icicle & its shadow
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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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Light and Dark — Lens-Artists Challenge #138

Hi all 😃 My entry for this weeks challenge, set by Amy: Natuarl Light.

My favourite natural light is in the dawn; with the greatest contrast between light & dark. The same can be said for dusk, but I’m very much a morning person!

Arbroath sunrise
Arbroath sunrise
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