Sunday, 5 November 2017

A Varied Day

I attended an excellent concert last night at the Buccleuch Centre by Jaqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood. They did some nice takes on some popular classics, and left the audience feeling well entertained. Whilst I was there I had a chat with Tootlepedal at the interval and we arranged to meet at Wauchope Cottage in the morning for coffee and a stroll.

After coffee we drove up to the feeder station, parked the car and headed down to the Tarras Burn at the bottom of the hill

There was some nice light on the trees but lacking in colour

The stream was looking quite attractive.

I did some experimenting with my new camera by moving the camera vertically at a reduced shutter speed to get a blurred abstract effect, I was quite pleased with the result.

I did this one by accident and find it the most pleasing.

We stopped off at the hide before heading home but there wasn't much activity apart for the pine trees just about to shed there needles.

In the evening I got a phone call from my friend Helen inviting me to go with her and her family to the bonfire and firework display at Eskdalemuir Hub to which I gladly accepted. It was a lovely moonlit night when we arrived but the trade off was it was extremely cold but it was an excellent show and I managed to get some reasonably hand held shots.


  1. Excellent collection of photos Sandy. The walk from the Bird Hide is one of my favourites as I do it every Saturday morning when I go to top up the feeders. You should take a look under the corrugated iron sheets next to the road as I regularly see mice and voles under them but you have to be quick if you want to photograph them. Its probably better if one person lifts the sheet and the other has the camera ready to shoot.

  2. I look under the corrugated iron quite regularly Gavin but they must sense me coming all I've ever seen is a toad, but yes it's a lovely walk down to the bridge and beyond.

  3. I thought they worked reasonably well.