Winter Sunrise in Scotland

A perfect example of a beautiful winter sunrise as seen last week from my mum and dad’s back garden in the North of Scotland… 🙂

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Al Fresco Artist at Work

I was out for a wander this afternoon and saw someone sitting outside painting the wide open landscape of Wanstead Flats here in Leytonstone, East London – and it seems she was doing a pretty good job! 🙂

Sunrise from the overnight train…

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I very recently travelled overnight from Inverness to London on the Caledonian Sleeper, sitting up all night in the seated coach rather than splashing out on the relative luxury of a bunk-bed in a compact cabin, so I happened to be awake early to see the sun rise over the English countryside.

It’s surprisingly difficult to take a non-blurry image through the double-glazed windows of a moving train rattling down the tracks in the dim early morning light with nothing more than a decidedly mediocre phone camera, all the while avoiding power lines and poles and other such trackside objects obscuring the view.

I’m just happy at having a reasonably straight horizon and not too much glare and flare 🙂

Loch Ness from Dores Inn

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I’ve been away visiting my family in Inverness, and it’s truly done me the power of good 🙂

Here’s a snapshot view of Loch Ness from the shoreline at the Dores Inn, taken with my camera phone. Looking straight down the loch towards Fort Augustus (about 23 miles away as the crow flies) the sky was ominously grey and rainy, but looking sideways across the waves lapping onto the shore the sky was much more blue. And OMG it was really cold and windy standing there, even if technically it is still summer…

Which Way After the Wildfire

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Although we live in Leytonstone in East London, we have a much appreciated area of open greeen space accessible only a few minutes walk from our home.

Wanstead Flats sit on the Southermost edge of the ancient Epping Forest, and provides for local residents a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday city living. I usually walk there a lot, but sadly during the recent heatwave we had a wildfire that quickly spread through the tinder dry grasses, scrub and trees, causing a large area to be burned before the fire was brought under control.

A couple of weeks later once the heatwave had broken, the threat of further fire had passed, and the area was no longer cordoned off by the emergency serices I went for a long walk along my usual pathways and took these images with my phone camera. I love the way the hard compressed ground of the well-worn pathways have remained so visible across the charred earth, and how resilient nature proves itself to be.

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