Photo Friday: Flowering

Springtime in a Bavarian garden and the bees are getting busy :-)

 

Springtime, Bavaria

Springtime, Bavaria

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Photo Friday: Explore

Exploring the snowy mountains.

Exploring01

Exploring01

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Exploring02

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FINALLY!

Walking the Forth and Clyde canal

Ever since I started exploring the Forth and Clyde canal in Glasgow a few years ago I’ve been wanting to walk/hike the entire length but working Monday to Friday, 0900 – 1700 and trying to have a social life on weekends it seems near impossible to find the time but with my new found freedom I’ve been taking out time for some of those small projects :-)

I started the day early when a dear friend dropped me of by the newly build Helix Park and walked east to my starting point, The Kelpies. I had hoped they would be lit up in the morning darkness but sadly the whole construction site they sit on was completely covered in darkness and I quickly turned west and started walking as I had approximately 36 miles to go and the days are short in January!

The miles flew in while I followed the canal though the urban landscape and it took more than an hour before the early morning light allowed me to take any decent photos and the only people I meet as the day was dawning were either dog walkers or joggers with earphones and a sad stare in their eyes.

It was a joy to see the abundance of birds who have made the canal their home and I was surprised to see Grey Heron sleeping in the trees, balancing their long legs on a branch.

While walking I took the time to read the history of the canal on the information plaques that was alongside the old tow path and tried to think about how it would have looked when the canal was still a main highway for transporting gods between East and West coast. There is still a few buildings standing today, even though The Underwood Lockhouse have seen better days after it burned to the ground back in July 2013 but a local resident I spoke to assured me that it was just a matter of time before it would be restored to its former glory.

As I arrived at lock 20 I was meet with a nice surprise, a sign informing me that I had walked 10 miles and “only” had 16 miles to go, I knew the whole stretch should be 35-36 miles but in my naive mind I thought I had remembered it wrong and was almost halfway :-) Imagine my surprised sad face when I four miles later came across the next sign informing me that I had walked 14 miles but still had 22 miles to go! That was like a kick in the gut and Dear Canal People,  please correct this.

Around 10.30 I stopped for brunch at one of the many picnic tables there is to be found along the canal but it was far too cold to sit and enjoy it for long and as soon as the last hot chocolate was gone I packed up and carried on walking.

Shortly after 13.00 I reached the halfway point and was feeling the miles in my legs, I’m a little embarrassed to admit that as the light started fading, the rain got heavier and a painful cramp in my right upper thigh made me just put my head down and get on with it, resulting in a lack of decent photos for the last five hours of the walk and just as the last light faded I reached the outskirts of Glasgow and guided by the city lights, after nearly 13 hours I finally made it to the end of the canal and you would think it was an easy evening after that walk but as I was picking up my car, I found the parking area locked with no signs informing who to call or opening times, eventually I knocked on a canal boat where the lights were on and asked for help to get out of the car park and they were kind enough to let me out :-)

As always I would appreciate your questions, comments and feedback below.

 

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Tourist for the day ‘AKA New camera’

It’s been a while since my last post and while there have been loads to write about I haven’t felt the need to write about it but I am building up to sharing some images from the last three months on the road.

But something happened that I need to share, I got a new camera :-D

I’m still very much trying to get used to all the functions but wanted to share some of my first photographs with you.

This first one is from the Falkirk Wheel, the wheel is the first and only rotating boat lift that was completed in 2002 and build to replace the 11 locks that once linked the Forth and Clyde canal with the Union canal. It’s an impressive sight when a boat is loaded in the top gondola and is lowered 35 meters down.

the Falkirk Wheel

the Falkirk Wheel

The next photo is a new landmark called the Kelpies and it’s still under construction but  a very impressive sight when you walk up to the 30 meter monuments. The Kelpies mark the entrance of the Forth and Clyde canal.

the Kelpies

the Kelpies

And I included the second one to give a sense of scale to these marvellous looking creatures.

the Kelpies in scale

the Kelpies in scale

As always I welcome your comments and questions below :-)

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2013 in review

As 2013 came to an end, it was time for the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys to prepar the 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Danish Sand Art

I’m currently road tripping and visiting friends and family in Europe and of course my old camera is with me every step of the way.

I’m still trying to get used to the fact that it’s ok to slow down and smell the roses if I like or stop every time I see a great photo opportunity. But I am getting better at relaxing and slowing my life down.

The other week my travels took me to Denmark where I drove past this Sand Art exhibition Near Blokhus on the Danish West coast and I wandered in to check it out, It turned out it was a couple of months old and as you can tell from the photos, it had been raining a lot those past months but most of it was still pretty intact.

The theme for the Sand Art was Nordic Mythology and being of Nordic descent myself I of course have a soft spot for this :-)

It was an international team of sand artists that was gathered for this event and sadly my notes about the exhibition have gone lost somehow along the road so I cannot tell you much more about it :-(

I have included a small gallery below and notice the different colours in the sand as the rain came the light changed quite a lot.

I can’t decide on a favourite as they all have amazing details but I would love to hear your favourites and comments below.

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The Berghaus desktop calendar 2014

Hey Peeps,

I could really use your help here.

The amazing outdoor brand Berghaus have a small photo competition going and one of my photos have been shortlisted and this is where you can help by voting/liking, there is 12 photos in the gallery and my photo is number 8.

Please note the gallery will not work on a mobile device and is only viewable on a computer.

Please vote/like and share via this link.

https://www.facebook.com/berghaus/app_212173268954995

The photo shows Buachaille Etive Mor at the entrance to Glencoe in autumn colors.

I took the photo in Scotland during a microadventure road trip where I concentrated on photography as my legs were still recovering from hiking the West highland Way a couple of weeks earlier :)

Thank you in advance ;-)

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