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Stormy Monday sounds better than Sunday. The seas continue to hit the shorelines, such as here at West Wemyss on the Fife coast.

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The recent fog is great for photography if you can be ready for the breaks when the sun comes through to provide enough light. There was the most amazing sunrise this morning as it broke through the horizon above the water and below the mist.  I watched The Theory of Everything at the weekend, which was brilliant; but as enticing as the science is, there are some days when the sun really does seem to be a golden disc rising in the sky just for you.

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This is just freaky. Keep looking at it. I was driving home from the shops today and saw an interesting cloudscape beyond the houses above Dysart. So I parked the car, ran into the house, grabbed my camera bag, and went down to a road called School Brae where I could get an expansive, open view of the sea. I took a few pics, dropped my lens cap which I had to rescue from the drop below, and headed home. This is the first of 8 shots I took.

I didn’t see the face at the time. I only saw a great cloud above the ship and the water. It had passed over our town shortly before, depositing its water on us. When I looked at the images in Lightroom I was delighted to see the image of a face looking down on the ship. Serendipity.

I converted it to black and white and as I increased the contrast the face just got more and more obvious. I then made a few under exposed dashes to highlight some facial features, but only about 3 or 4 strokes with the mouse to bring out the eyes.

The more I stare at it the spookier it gets!

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i had to skilfully skip over a tree trunk that lay across a stream to get to this area that caught my eye: a large pond tucked away beyond the path. I thought there would be some interesting reflections in the still water but it was the angular branches crossing at head height that made better pictures. The rest was too crowded and confusing, although I quite liked this fallen tree…

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This was taken at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh as the light was dimming across Charles Jencks’ Landform Ueda. The design was inspired by patterns of nature, the idea of movement in nature, from meteorological effects to chaos theory. Jencks said he ‘wanted to design something which reflected these natural forces’. I didn’t know any of this when I took the photo. I was trying to create a sense of autumn turning to winter, when falling leaves blow across the landscape of the mind. I think this reflects some his ideas about what he wanted to create so I was happy.

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Here are three images from the top of Haystacks in the Lake District. This was my version of a stag weekend before getting married and my friends were at pains (literally) to point out their suffering of a weekend of arduous walking. Fortunately their shortness of breath meant the comments were few and far between 🙂

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The boys had been on a laserquest outing for their cousin’s birthday. When I returned to get them a wet mist had moved in and I didn’t have to walk far into the woods to find some eery scenes.

 

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This was taken on Saturday morning as I took the dog on his usual route through the harbour and into the park. The high tide had brought out a few early morning anglers and there was a nice soft light coming through the remains of the morning mist.

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From a stone paving slab in the grounds of the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney. I’d like to claim credit for it but I saw my friend Rachel taking a picture and I hovered over her shoulder and she showed me what she had seen. I have worked away at the image to give it that feeling of a northern night.