Brodick and Goat Fell

The Isle of Arran is a large island off the coast of Scotland in the Firth of Clyde. It is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature” since it has both highland and lowland terrain (and a sole distillery!). Brodick is an important village in Arran as it is the ferry terminal and the main access to the island.

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The photograph above shows Brodick Bay with Goat Fell mountain in the distance. At over 874m high, it is the highest point on the island and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This picture is a HDR composite of 3 bracketed shots at -2, 0 and +2 eV, processed in Photomatix Pro and Adobe Lightroom. Click on the photo to see a high resolution version on Flickr.

The temple of Saturn

Not much remains of the temple of Saturn in the Roman Forum, except these 8 pillars and the pediment which reads:

Senatus Populusque Romaus, incendio consumptum restituit

Or translated as “The senate and people of Rome, restored (this temple that was) destroyed by fire”.

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A tulip in detail

Shot at home on a bright red tulip. Converted to black-and-white for clarity. Can you spot a teeny-tiny aphid in the picture? You may wish to see this picture in a larger size on Flickr by clicking on the photo.

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Camera Settings: ISO100, f/10, 1/125
Lens: 105mm f/2.8 Sigma macro lens

Blowin’ in the wind!

My workplace is also home to a wetland habitat. The wild grassland bordering is a haven for moths, butterflies and damselflies that thrive on the plentiful thistles. I find them especially beautiful when they set winged soft silky winged seeds ready to be blown by the gentlest breeze.

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Thistle seed heads. Click on the photo for more viewing options on Flickr

Insignificant portrait

What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

These words came to mind when I looked at this photo of me taken by a friend. In the vastness of space, we are but insignificant creatures living on a tiny planet in orbit around an average star in one corner of a galaxy amongst billions of galaxies!

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At Heysham on Morecambe Bay in Lancashire, UK.

Lake Grasmere, Cumbria

The lake made famous by William Wordsworth, Lake Grasmere in the Lake District National Park is a mile long tranquil lake. I took this picture from a low perspective and attempted to capture the natural beauty of this place. In the distance, Allan Bank, a property managed by the National Trust can be seen. A small island in the middle of the lake was Wordsworth’s favourite destination while he was staying at nearby Dove Cottage. Click on the picture for more viewing options. Photo best viewed in large size!
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