Sunday, June 30, 2013


The Queen will climb at least 39 steps before opening a new Peebles museum. The John Buchan museum, which the Queen opens on Wednesday honour's Lord Tweedsmuir, Peeble's best known literary son. Later, but without returning via Waverley  or taking tea at Marmions in Melrose, the royal party will move on to Sir Walter Scott's former home Abbotsford near Galashiels which has undergone a multi-million pound restoration. 

As I photographed Abbotsford from the opposite side of the River Tweed this mum and her eight ducklings swam past. (Click on Either image to enlarge)

Friday, June 28, 2013


Just thinking I've not seen a hedgehog for ages and one walked across my track at 11pm last night. Lucky camera's have built in flashes as even with a super high ISO it would not have been possible to photograph this prickly portrait. (Click on image to enlarge)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Eildon Hills

Sunlight bathes cows in the folds of a field between Galashiels and Melrose. In the background the Eildon hill's lower slopes are covered in flowering gorse and broom. (Click on image to enlarge)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tweed Bridge

Peaceful Peebles, complete with low flying RAF jet, just before Noon on Wednesday. Click on image to enlarge.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Linkedin luvvies looking for connections can be the rudest people. Last week a typical connection request appeared in the in-box and in an email from a well known photographic dealer.
Whilst I'd never met the man, I'd been aware of his existence for almost 40 years. My teacher, Jim Page, who introduced me to photography at the age of 10 had bought a camera from this dealer.
Somehow I'd remembered the conversation, probably reinforced by advertisements for the dealer's business, through the years in photographic magazines such as "Amateur Photographer".
So, I responded and said I'd be happy to accept his invitation to connect and at the same time sent a personnal note (message within Linkedin) stating how I'd heard of him all that time ago.
Did I get any sort of reply or acknowledgement?
Not a peep, quick to delve through my connections no doubt but not so quick to reply, so he may have some super recommendations but he's no longer one of my connections.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Beltane 2013

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Crowds line Tweed Bridge, Peebles as Saturday's Beltane proceesion crosses the river. Nikon D800 + 180mm 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Markings on the underside of a flowering but closed poppy and the head of a poppy about to flower.

Both side lit with the Nikon SB700 flash off camera wirelessly triggered.

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I cannot identify this unusual visitor to our small garden this evening. Only managed one photograph before it took off for the delights of next door

Friday, June 14, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sophie Swinton

Sophie Swinton's Jewellery Design degree show opened at Glasgow School of Art's temporary Skypark campus on Friday 7th June 2013. In the photographs clockwise from top left: a visitor watches Sophie's short film, Images of the students line one wall, Sophie far right discusses the jewellery, her dad Brian concentrates on the sound-track to the film, the complete display of Sophie's work, Sophie tells a collector about her jewellery.

Sunday, June 09, 2013


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Seven cygnets snuggle into mum on at the Water of Leith in Edinburgh. One egg has not hatched and maybe infertile. I plan to return during the year until the youngsters fully fledge.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Peebles Cycling Club 25 mile Time Trial

Time trialling on Leadburn Moor this evening

Time Trial

Neck and Neck on the lonely expanse of Leadburn Moor, the final metres of the first nine miles climbing, during Peebles Cycling Clubs premier 25-mile time trial this evening.

Front Step

Max and I just after I moved the Azalea to the front step. The next task was to tie the climbing rose back to the house front above the window. It is all intertwined with the rose branches which made for a prickly half-hour.

Blipfoto Advert on My Blog

This really made me chuckle today I have removed myselft from and made some dramatic changes to my own blog. Including re-installing Google Advertisements between posts. Scrolling through the blog this morning I found an advert for Blipfoto, they won't refund my member's subscription but it is very tempting to click on the advertisement a few times.

Monday, June 03, 2013

Apple Blossom

Two different shades of apple blossom on our allotment tree - the pink on the left was purposely shot at a fast shutter speed with fill flash to darken the background. Fill Flash was used on the right to pick out the white against the sky, with exposure set for the sky. We should now escape cold nights and may be in for another bumper crop.

Sunday, June 02, 2013


Meconopsis at sunrise. Photo info: Lit from below with Nikon SB700 flash on stand using the D800's commander mode, onboard flash set to 1/128th of full power, remote flash set to TTL  (through the lens metering) -0.7. Using Nikon 60mm Macro 1/320th f11 ISO 100.


Meconopsis later in the day by Geraldine. Photo info: Lit using sunlight, Nikon D800 + 60mm Macro ISO 320 1/250th f8 metered with spot meter.