A few years ago I discovered a pleasant gentle walk route around the Water of Ruchill outside Comrie. Almost entirely flat, it follows a loop from the village centre through scrub woodland (ideal shade on a sunny day!) along the side of the river past fields formerly occupied by a Roman fort, down to Cultybraggan […]
Concerning Rocks: an exploration of the Highland Boundary Fault at Stonehaven.
A couple of weeks ago in the middle of December, we were treated to a quick overnight blast of snow. It remains my favourite season for photography, so I staggered up Birnam Hill to fly in the late afternoon light. Landscapes: Straight-down abstracts – trees and outlines of the Birnam Burn flowing through the snow: […]
Many years ago, as I was buying my first ever house in Perth, I remember the solicitor advocating the Sma’ Glen as a landscape to explore and photograph. He wasn’t wrong, but it’s taken over a decade to really start to explore it properly. First there’s the natural appreciation of the place – light and […]
About 3-4 years ago, I first visited Birnam Hill. Made it around Duncan’s Hill to the south and through the woods… As I walked a path between old and new forestry, I wondered why there was a sharp drop down almost a metre to the level of the new trees. Over subsequent visits I took […]
My sense of the geography of Strathearn has not really fitted together until quite recently. There have been a few locations, isolated points and a few lines: the A822 from Gilmerton up past Monzie to the Sma’ Glen; The Hosh at the foot to access Glen Turret; a small B-road between the two; a hill […]
I’ve been to Birnam Hill and Duncan’s Hill area at least six times, so it made a good testing ground for the new Pentax K-1 camera. It wasn’t the best of days for landscape photography – a bit early in the day for what little light there was to be really photogenic – but there […]
I’m losing count of how many times I’ve been up Birnam Hill near Dunkeld, which is no bad thing. My favourite waterfall is still running and the scenery from Stair Bridge viewpoint, overlooking the line of the Highland Boundary Fault running past Rohallion Lodge is still beautiful. Herewith, a comparison of colour vs black-and-white renditions.
Another set from a photo-excursion in May this year, directly contrasting with the pleasure of nature’s bluebells earlier in the day. Cultybraggan is situated just outside village of Comrie. It was first used as a prisoner of war (PoW) camp during World War II and then became an Army training area before housing a Royal […]
A selection of photos taken around Glen Lednock, mostly up the Melville Monument overlooking Comrie. This is Highland Boundary Fault territory; the fault itself runs up Glen Artney from the south-west straight through Cultybraggan PoW Camp, on through Comrie and across the A85 to the east. I was also struck by how vintage Comrie itself […]