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Another photo of Greenock etc. taken yesterday at the Ben Bouie ridge:

Glorious

There is nothing quite like a good walk on a clear spring day. Yesterday morning the sun was shining even though there was ice on the car windscreen.

It was a toss up between a walk and a canoe trip.

Having had nagging back trouble over the last couple of weeks, the walk was the gentler option.

I’ve written before about the climb at Ben Bouie. A forestry road takes you right to the top, where the views of the firth of Clyde and Loch Lomond are more than ample reward for the 1 hour each way walk.

It was a good day for photos:

View from the ridge. Greenock, Bute, Cumbrae and Arran.

You can just see Ardmore point on the left, Greenock straight ahead and that is Arran in the distance.

Only a few hundred yards from the point I took this, at the other side of the hill is the quite different vista of Loch Lomond:

Ben Lomond, Loch Lomond and Islands.

Inchmurrin, Creinch, Torrinch, Inchcailloch, Clairinsh and Conic Hill. Aka the Highland fault line.

Arran

I mentioned the island, often referred to as Scotland in Minature, in my post about the Highland Fault the other day. Michael (Greenwell) mentioned about a recent visit to Lochranza on the north of the island and I said I’d dig out my photos taken on a trip there a few years ago. Then I remembered I’d put them in a montage and uploaded them to Youtube with the Trashcan Sinatras song Freetime as backing.

So whilst this is a re-post I don’t think there’s any need for an apology.

Out and About

More photos

This container ship has been in the Clyde Estuary all week

Helensburgh from the Upland Walk

From the Helensburgh Upland Walk. The layers are Gareloch, Rosneath Peninsula,River Clyde,Greenock and the Hills of Arran

Sundown scene, Helensburgh Pier

More from the Trashcans

At last night’s gig the band played a song called “Freetime” which is from their wonderful album Weightlifting. I had noticed a line in the song before about the hills of Glen Rosa which I knew referred to Arran.

Frank introduced the song as being “about Arran” so today I dug out some photos I took there on holiday in 2005 and selected Freetime as the soundtrack.

Here it is.

Random Photo

 

I took this one at Corrie early one morning on my last visit to Arran

 

 

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Photo Cube

Not for the first time thanks to Alastair at the Heart Monitor for the inspiration. Also the Helpless Dancer (at the Endless Note) who I first saw using this gadget. These are all my own photos. You can click on a photo to see it enlarged. Pretty neat and if you Click Here you can make your own.

 

 

Edit: The pictures are from the Isle of Arran, Brodick Castle, Pladda from Kildonan, Standing Stones at Machrie.

        Also the Waverley approaching Helensburgh, Sunset Helensburgh from Colgrain and Ben Lomond/Loch Lomond.

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Picture This.

 

 

 

 

 

I'm not a serious photographer. In fact I have two fairly basic digital cameras but I do enjoy taking a good photo. Plenty of them are rubbish of course but every so often I get one just right and I'm chuffed.

I took this one of the Waverley paddle steamer at Helensburgh Pier 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this one on holiday on the beautiful isle of Arran in 2005. I had noticed an accoustic jam session advertised at the hotel at Kildonan. With the kids tucked up and the missus settled in front of the telly, I set off with guitar and harmonicas to Kildonan. As I arrived there this glorious picture presented itself and fortunately I had the camera on hand. The picture shows the Ailsa Craig in the distance and the little isle of Pladda with its lighthouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one shows the French Prison at Dumbarton Rock. The Rock has a very long and interesting history going back thousands of years. During the Napoleonic wars French prisoners were held here hence the name.

I took this photo from the track at Strathclye Homes Stadium Dumbarton as a game progressed between Dumbarton and Rangers in July 2006.

Which brings me to the next one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I have previously mentioned I was chairman of the Craig Brittain Testimonial Committee. Craig has played for Dumbarton for 10 years and we organised a match against Rangers as one of the events.  As an organiser I was priveleged to be able to take some photos from the track during the game. Surely there isn't a more spectacular setting for a football ground in the U.K.

It's hard to believe the game was a year ago this week. Dumbarton won the game, against a Rangers side made up mainly of reserves 1-0.

 

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