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The Water of Ruchill in Autumn

I was lucky to find stable and level rocks where I could put down my camera to experiment with long exposure of the river, the result being a rather pleasant mix of smooth and sharp areas.

+Johnny Wills asked to see "The Beautiful Countryside" on #JoinInDaily. I thought this was appropriate :)
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Woodland Stream

I went up in Perthshire again this weekend and with dry weather and diffuse light it was the perfect conditions for taking autumnal shots. This one was an experiment on long exposure on streams.

When you see this it's easy to understand how so many folk tales came out of Scotland, this just looks like the perfect dwelling for faeries. :)
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Waiting for the #Aurora looking down at the three bridges

After seeing the aurora on Thursday night and getting reports that there was a chance for some more on Friday I decided to try my luck and get pictures under a more scenic background than the buildings on my street.

Sadly after waiting nearly 4 hours, they were a no show but I got some interesting pictures of the 3 bridges across the Firth of Forth. Interestingly the Queensferry Crossing isn't lit very much so you don't see it as prominently as you do during the day.
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Aurora Borealis over Edinburgh

This was taken just a few minutes ago and is SOOC but this was the best light show I've seen, we have seen since moving up here. Thanks to the sun giving us a nice CME and the clouds kindly dissipating after tonight's rain.

I had missed this. Last time I've seen a show like this was in Northern Finland in 2001...
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Full Moon over Arthur's Seat

The moon moves really fast when you're trying to track it across the horizon. I noticed it peaking behind the left-side ridge of the volcano and by the time I had my camera out it had already moved.

In fact this is taken as a composite of 2 images to remove the unsightly lamp post that sits between my balcony and the view of the city and though the two images used were shot maybe 10 seconds apart when you align them the movement of the moon is quite visible.

I'm quite proud of my attempt to clone something out of a shot where the light changed so much the shot after the second one used to compose this taken barely a minute later is a much different blue. Plus it ended up with the position of the moon perfectly in between both ridges of Arthur's Seat.

[Edit] Click on the image for the full image, somehow G+ cropped my picture when displaying it as a thumbnail Fixed now I think
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Scotland voted most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers

To quote: Who can deny that these wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world?

Can't argue there :)
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20th Scavenger Hunt Images: Up

This is a corner of the basement in the museum of Scotland next to the artefacts from roman times where the walls open up all the way to the roof to let in that ray of light in a section which is normally rather dark. This made for an interesting setup with the light on top of a framed stained-glass window flooding down to the basement.

This wasn't my original idea for "up". I had (unsuccessfully) been working on an HDR image which turned out to be too busy and messy to be usable. Sometimes you just have to let it go and start again.

I'm happy to have received an Honourable Mention from +Laurie Rubin for this picture :D

(followers if you don't know about the Scavenger Hunt I invite you to follow +Lauri Novak and all will be made clear :))
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The Saltire

Taken at Edinburgh castle some 6 years ago.

A contribution to #JoinInDaily by +Johnny Wills for today's theme "flags"
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Walking among giants

A footpath in the woodlands of Perthshire.

For #JoinInDaily by +Johnny Wills​​ for today's theme "Shadows" 
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Scale model of the Queensferry Crossing - Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The Queensferry Crossing is the new road traffic bridge currently under construction to link the Lothians and Fife across the Firth of Forth. It is the third bridge to cross the estuary alongside the Forth Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge which it's meant to replace.

I can confidently say the real thing looks far less wobbly than this model. ;)

The bridge is due to open on 31 August 2017
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