Saturday, November 15, 2014

Autumn Newburgh North Fife

Autumn Newburgh North Fife. A very wet much rain, evidenced by the standing water here, the roads are awash. Wonderful colours from the leaf fall shed by cherry trees by the Abbey garage.

Cock Pheasants sparing for dominance (as they do) on the road beside my house one of which now spends its time with the ducks in my garden and is becoming quite tame. Such is their testosterone imperative, many fall victim to traffic, oblivious to me when I took this picture.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Castor oil plant North Fife

False Castor Oil Plant (Japanese Aralia, Aralia)

Castor oil plant at The Steeple Arts courtyard Newburgh, just starting to flower from the profusion of buds atop the 5ft high growth.


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Tayview 6th October 2014

Looking East towards Dundee from the road by Balinbreich, I was struck by the clear line of the dew point bottom of the cloud and remarkably a similar colour to the fields below

Tayview 4th October 2014

Tayview 4th October 2014, North Fife. Glorious colours.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Hermitage Perthshire

Glen Sma Perthshire, heather covered hillsides, in the gullies and aside of the scree  blue berries thrive. On the road very few vehicles pass by either way... magical to be in such a natural and quiet space.

This wee wander was on the way to The Hermitage.
The Hermitage sits astride the river Braan at a spectacular waterfall, at the rear a vantage point gives a wonderful view where salmon and sea trout struggle against the falling water at (the Black Linn Falls) to swim to mating and spawning waters upstream.

Once part of one of the most important 18th century picturesque landscapes in Scotland, an attractive woodland walk leads though spectacularly large Douglas firs (including one of the tallest trees in the country) to the amazing folly, Ossian’s Hall overlooking the Black Linn waterfall.
Follow in the footsteps of notable visitors of the past including Wordsworth, Queen Victoria, Mendelssohn and Turner as you wander around this magnificent designed landscape with it’s dramatic natural features.
Ossian Hall was refurbished in 2007 with sliding panels, secret handle and mirrored artwork to recreate the illusions of shock, surprise and amazement, the aims of its original design.
Enjoy the wildlife as you walk along the river Braan, with the dark foaming pool and the spectacular Black Linn waterfall. Let your imagination run wild as you admire the Totem pole, carved from a Douglas Fir tree by a native Canadian from the Squamish Nation. Extend your walk by linking in to one of the trails of the Dunkeld walks network.

Down by the river Braan
Such richness, well worth a visit and it's free apart from a wee parking charge. Such are our times.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tayview Sept 25th 2014

Near high water today 25th September. I've taken this view hundreds of times, always different of course, the changing nature of light, water level and of the fields. Harvest is largely over, ploughing and sowing is in full swing advantaged by the clement weather. Today had a brisk westerly wind drying the remaining crops, noticed was a field of oilseed rape being combined, only potatoes and root vegetables remain.

Land Rover North Fife

Land Rover North Fife, 36 years old, languishing but about to be liberated, restored and put into good road worthiness. In spite of lying dormant for years it is in remarkably good condition.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Referendum View North Fife

Referendum View North Fife. A dreich overcast day reflecting the mood of 1.6 million voters in the Scottish referendum. Soon, lets hope the sun will shine.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish Referendum voting Newburgh North Fife

People in Newburgh North Fife were out in force casting their all important votes today, by lunchtime 45% had done so. Of the few I spoke to, one was a don't know due to being confused by the spin and debate and decided not to vote at all. Others fell into both camps about 50 - 50 which if it reflects the final outcome, half of us will be disappointed, half jubilant. Acceptance will be the order of the day.

 All very divisive, even one of my daughters has fallen out with her long term boyfriend over the issue.
A dreich day that never the less enriches the colours in the local fields. Us too are being enriched by being mindfully involved in such an important transformation. I'm now off myself to submit my choice.
Just back....the turn out at 7-45pm was 87%, amazing, the polling booths are open till 10-00pm. It will be higher.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scottish Referendum North Fife

Tonight I for one and many millions know that to vote YES is the best thing since sliced bread in the referendum.What a chance to be free of the vested punitive interested status quo, a sense of oppression, historic and present under  Westminster rule. Who in their right mind would vote for more of the same. An opportunity for grass roots politics to organically emerge and grow into a new order of equality, fairness, shared prosperity, openness, to be fulfilled and happy.

Straw bales with something to say, a tremendous energy abounds just about everywhere, in the villages, towns, cities, the islands, highlands & lowlands. There are signs/flags in fields, gardens, hanging out of windows, all over. A momentous time that is already shaking things up.A new order which ever way the vote goes. A catalyst for change for the better all over the UK or K. Ken?
Friday, we will all know.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunflower North Fife

Sunflowers are one of my favourites, late flowering, are a rich source of nectar for insects, provide oil and seed for human consumption. I have fond memories of seeing fields in France, countless hectares of them, like being in floral heaven.

Here visited by a hover fly.
In the few minutes of taking these shots bumble bees were present too. Earlier blooms are now fully developed, the seeds of which provide us with additions to breads and salads. Easier to go to the supermarket for the oil.