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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.

Wild waters on the Firth of Forth this afternoon. The winds have been blowing every which way for weeks now and it’s stirring the sea up.

 

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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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Fuji X-Pro 1, 27mm lens, f.8

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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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Anglers

 

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.

Birds

 

Taken from the window of our friends’ house. Their chickens were amusing but cheeky too. They had recently destroyed an outdoor buffet spread by running across the table stealing food and trashing the rest; and you had to be vigilant when eating your dinner in case something disappeared from the plate.

The Sun as a Heart

Another Orkney photo. I am now convinced that Orkney is a place where magical coincidences can be found more frequently than other places I visit. As you can imagine it was fiendishly difficult to get a decent exposure of the sun as the speed just meant blacking out everything else. But I was sure I saw something in the reflections and persevered while trying to avoid burning the retinas in my eyes.

Deerness

 

This was taken in July on our visit to Orkney.  It was just off the coastal path from near a collapsed sea stack called The Gloup on the far east of the East Mainland. I was struggling to keep the tripod from moving in the wind. I took a few and this one was the sharpest (although not so much when you zoom in!). There is an echo of the previous photo’s composition in this (see Moon Over Orkney).

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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.