Made in Scotland: The Forth Railway Bridge

This magnificent cantilever railway bridge crosses the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Built between 1882 and 1890, this iconic structure is a symbol of Scotland and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At one point in its construction, approximately 4,600 men were employed. Local historians have so far found records of 73 who died in the process.     This second picture shows both the Forth Rail Bridge and behind it the Forth Road Bridge.     A third bridge is currently under construction and I am so looking forward to seeing it on my next trip up to Scotland. If the pictures I’ve seen of it so far are anything to go by, then it’s going to be the third iconic crossing from Edinburgh and the Lothians over the Firth of Forth and into the Kingdom of Fife. Thanks as ever to Cee for her Black & White Challenge which this week was “Built by Humans”.  

Ardnamurchan Point

In response to Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: After After a great coastal walk on the Scottish Hebridean Island of Mull, I enjoyed the view (over my boots) across to Ardnamurchan Point.  

Puffin with Family’s Dinner

Throwback Thursday : A Puffin with his Family’s Dinner I don’t check the stats very often on my flickr account but when I looked this morning I saw that this picture had 5,959 views in one day (yesterday). I’m intrigued to know the reason for this , as it can’t have been flickr members as there are no comments or likes. Surely out of almost six thousand hits somebody would have liked it. So I’m puzzled, but pleased. Coincidentally, I took this picture exactly 5 years ago on 16th June 2011 on a birdwatching trip to the Isle of May Bird Sanctuary, off the Fife Coast in Scotland. For a whole afternoon you get to wander around this beautiful tiny island, always carefully keeping to the marked paths to avoid stepping on puffins’ burrows. There are hundreds and hundreds of puffins, as well as terns, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars,cormorants, seals and so much more. It is a magical place that allows you to get really close to the birds as they have no reason to fear humans. They seemed to view us with a mixture of curiosity and acceptance .     I’ve just checked on the Isle Of May […]

The Glorious Mellon Udrigle Beach

When I saw  Hugh’s Photo Challenge : Glorious,  I immediately thought of the many wonderful beaches in Wester Ross in the North West of Scotland. If you like beautiful deserted beaches there can be no better place on earth. If, however, you also want a guarantee of blue sky and sunshine, then head instead to the Mediterranean where you’ll also get rows of sunloungers, beach cafes and thousands of sun worshippers. But if you’d like to share your dream beach with only perhaps a couple of sheep and maybe a highland cow, then head up the West Coast. This beach at Mellon Udrigle is one of my favourites:      

City Skylines: Glasgow

Thank you Cee for prompting me to look out a few pictures of my home city of Glasgow for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge .          

The Eagle has Landed (you just can’t see it)

Thanks Hugh, for your Photo Challenge Week 26 : Distance as its given me a chance to post something I never thought would see the light of day on this blog. Distance? Oh I know all about that in my pursuit of THE wildlife image. When I had a 50mm-270mm lens, I kept trying to take birds that were just too far away, whilst ignoring those that were within easy reach.  So……I bought myself  a Canon100-400L lens ….and……again ignored what would have been a good capture to focus even further away to something on the horizon, always  knowing at the back of my mind that when cropped to show the bird, it would be so full of noise and so pixellated that I wouldn’t consider posting it on any of my wildlife groups. But I couldn’t resist firing away in continuous shoot mode which I sometimes think now  I did  because (a) I loved the noise it made and (b) everybody else was doing it. On a trip to the beautiful Scottish island of Mull, renowned for its abundant wildlife – especially White-Tailed Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles and Otters – I did indeed see the most amazing sights (Through a powerful […]


In response to a challenge from Heyjude-the earth laughs in flowers who this month is looking for Wild Flowers. These photographs of Armeria Martima, commonly known as Thrift, Sea Thrift or Sea Pink were taken a few years ago in my home country of Scotland.   The British threepence coin issued between 1937 and 1952 had a design of thrift on the reverse. I must have spent many of these, at the rate of one a week, from my pocket money. The big decision being whether to buy a tube of Rowntrees Fruit Pastilles or a packet of Spangles.

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