Winter in Aviemore

We had a winter break in Aviemore at the end of February for a change. It snowed on and off throughout the week. We had a visit to Loch Garden, from where we parked to the osprey centre was a 5 mile round trip.

This was taken not far from the small car park, the snow in the woods was untouched.

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Converted to monochrome in Luminar 4.

Further on we came across this small lochan with a viewing platform. The lochan was frozen over with a coating of snow. The tree stumps sticking out of the lochan gave the place a surreal dead feeling.

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Converted to monochrome in Luminar 4.

We eventually got to the end of our route, the osprey centre. Across the road was this view across Loch Garten. It was very cold but worth the effort and we had the return journey to look forward to.

Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed in Luminar 4.

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Storm Ciara At Monifieth

I was out for a walk with Max this afternoon during a break in the rain from storm Ciara. We went to the beach to see what the waves were like, quite stormy as you can see! The storm defences have held up as best they could but there has been a lot of erosion behind them. Our usual path has been washed away.

Sony RX100 III. Processed in Luminar.

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Santa Cruz Music

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On holiday in Tenerife we had a day out in Santa Cruz which was good. The opera house is an amazing structure. We were having a wander through the older part of town and saw this guy playing his trumpet.

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Fujifilm X-E2, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Second image converted to monochrome in Lightroom CC for iPad.

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Stormy Tay Sunset

Monifieth beach storm

It was getting really stormy in Monifieth so I headed across to the beach with Max and my camera. The clouds were moving past quite quickly and the light was changing all the time as it got darker. Needless to say we had the beach to ourselves.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed from raw in Lightroom.

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Seaton Cliffs

Arbroath cliffs frame

Out for a walk along the cliffs at Arbroath, I was drawn to the sea framed nicely through the hole in the sandstone cliff. I particularly liked the way the sun lit the cliff and brought out the red in the sandstone.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed from raw in Lightroom.

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Serene Spey

Fishing hut Spey

Out for a walk along the banks of the river Spey, I spotted this fishing hut on the opposite bank. The water was quite calm and I was drawn to the reflection of the hut in the river, particularly the red roof.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed from raw in Lightroom.

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Cairngorm Forest

Pine forest Morlich

Pine forest near Loch Morlich. I liked the softened light in the trees even though it was bright overhead. I find being in a pine forest like this quite calming and peaceful.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed from raw in Lightroom.

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Arbroath Fishing Boats

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Out for a walk at Arbroath harbour, I saw these 4 fishing boats lined up in a row. I particularly liked the way one of them was pointing in the opposite direction, like a petulant child.

Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 15-45mm. Jpeg from the camera.

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Max’s Dilema

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Out for a walk at the beach with Max. He has spotted another dog along the beach and was contemplating whether to go and speak to it or stay and chase his ball.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Processed from raw in Lightroom.

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Message From Mother Nature

Groynes detail

I was out for a walk with Max to the beach at Monifieth and I spotted one of the groynes covered in green seaweed. After a high tide, the black seaweed had been left in these patterns, like letters or symbols. The evening light gave the green of the seaweed a nice colour which contrasted with the black seaweed.

Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XC 16-50mm. Jpeg from the camera with Velvia film simulation to bring out the vibrant colours.

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