Dunnottar

In June while visiting Aberdeen we took a day trip to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire while there we spent the afternoon at nearby Dunnottar Castle. Although I have visited the site of Dunnottar Castle several times over the years this was the first time that I explored the actual castle itself. The castle provides some majestic views over the North Sea.

Stonehaven

Back in June while visiting friends and family in Aberdeen, we took a trip to Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire. While growing up my parents would take me on many day trips to Stonehaven and it has become one of my favourite costal towns in Aberdeenshire.

Beast from the East

Last week saw much of the UK under a blanket of snow caused by what is being nicknamed “The Beast from the East”, bringing at least some parts of the country to a stand still or at least a mild panic that there might be a sudden shortage of bread & milk.

Usually I mock the people of Yorkshire when there is the mere hint of snow. Although on this occasion I shall let them off as it did nearly get to Scottish standards.

Sadly I did not have much opportunity to capture the picturesque scenes that this sudden snowfall had created. Although some may have you believe that with the first hint of snow we all must stockpile milk & bread, and in the madness forget how to drive safely, life does still go on and we must all still go to work. These are just a few of the scenes that I managed to capture.

 

Curbar Edge

What better way to spend a bank holiday Monday than to go walking in the Derbyshire hills. On a clear day from Curbar Edge you can see out over the Derbyshire moors and valleys. I forget how close we are to the Peak District.

Eynsham Hall

While visiting friends in Witney, Oxfordshire we stayed at the magnificent Eynsham Hall, which is one of the great country houses in Oxfordshire. The house and grounds offer the perfect retreat in the beautiful Cotswold’s coutryside.

Eynsham Hall –  “In the 1700s a wealthy gent enclosed 3,000 acres of Oxfordshire to create the ultimate space in which to entertain guests.”

 

Autumn Woodland

Autumn is upon us once more. I wanted to capture some of this years autumn colours in their glory and what better place to do this than in woodland so I decided to explore the woodland within nearby Graves Park. The park has so much to offer all year round, from the grassy lawns, woodland and animal park it makes it the perfect place to capture nature throughout the seasons.

I had attempted some photos earlier in the year of the woodland, but they did not not turn out as good as I had hoped. The woodland thrives in Autumn an is more atmospheric showcasing the many different colours and hues of Autumn.

Under the canopy of the trees the woodland can be quite dark, which is why my previous attempt did not fair so well as this endeavour. On this occasion I to captured a few different subjects which I shall share in later posts.

I feel quite lucky that we stay so close to Graves Park, no longer have to trek to the other side of the city. All in all feel lucky that we are surrounded by much more parks etc than where we lived before. As much as living in the city has it benefits it is nice to be able to withdraw to a less urban environment.

I feel I shall have many more photographic expeditions to Graves Park during the various seasons to capture what this natural wonderland has to offer.

Banchory & the River Dee

On our recent trip to Aberdeen we took some time out to visit Banchory a small rural town situated in Aberdeenshire, where I spent many a summers day while growing up. Banchory is considered the gateway to the Royal Deeside.

On this visit we spent some time taking in the views on the banks of the river Dee. The rolling rural countryside that surrounds the banks of Dee and the nearby river Feugh.

Camden Town

[Camden, London]
While staying in London last month we visited Camden Market, it wasn’t quite what I expected. I was expecting lots of market stalls and not shops, although I’m guessing Camden Market probably did start out as such many years ago.

On arrival to Camden we were met by Camden’s street entertainer the Mad Hatter aka Leandro Facundo.