Saturday, 31 January 2009

Morning Sun

A "much earlier in the day than usual" post today as I want to avoid any potential access problems later on when I'm away from my connection.

The morning sun created a nice effect on the brickwork of the flats across the road. I also like the sharply defined shadow of the pedestrian striding along the pavement.

Friday's Post

More Macro

Damn - one minute late!

I love how images like this of small things feel like they're big enough to step into.

This one's a little soft - not bad for a compact though.

Thursday, 29 January 2009


Peppers - they really are very interesting fruits to look at.

Even in mono they're quite impressive.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Jack Frost

The ice was a bit of a surprise this morning. I noticed the patterns it made on the roof of my car as I prepared to scrape ice from the windscreen.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Sky & Clouds

I liked this cloud formation and the colours in the sky over the general area of Rosneath Point visible from my front windows when I got in from work tonight.

The water has some nice patterns too and I love the "burst" effect of the street light just coming into the bottom right of the frame.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Another Food Offering........

I do follow pursuits other than food, but here's another culinary delight.

This time it's a homage to the Chinese culture, this being their new year celebrations. A nice little stir-fry of: ham; yellow pepper; onion; carrot and peas with some rather nice noodles.

Does it look better than the haggis?

Sunday, 25 January 2009

The Bard's Day

Despite being Ayrshire dwellers, we're not massive Burns scholars, but we do usually mark the day with a haggis, served with tatties and neeps. This was a traditionally prepared one, cooked in a lamb's stomach.

Saturday's Post

"Alison through the Glass"

Not really sure why I took this. Just an experiment I suppose. Might develop the idea at some stage.

Friday's Post

The mound of fine stones is all that is left of Kilmarnock's Safeway store which closed when Morisson's came to the fore and opened a store elsewhere in Kilmarnock, rather than converting the Safeway store, as they had done in other towns.

Thursday's Post

Technical difficulties have prevented my usual daily upload since Wednesday night so here we are catching up.

Another "macro" shot.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Setting Moon

This waxing crescent caught my eye this morning just before it disappeared behind the houses behind me.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Are you following me?

This was taken in the rear view mirror, hence the relatively low quality of the image.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Hypodermic Triptych

A little bit of a wander into macro photography today - something I'd really like to do a lot more of.

I've always struggled with the term macro when used in photography as macro usually refers to BIG whereas in photographic speak we use the term to describe the capture of minute detail.

Is it because we make small things look big that the term macro fits in this instance?

Comments please?

Exciting News (Sunday 18/1)


I had a glass of wine tonight to toast my sister Jane's news. She and her long term partner Steven announced their engagement this evening.

A very big, huge, massive congratulations to them both.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Bass Bridge (Saturday 17/1)


Sorry for not having new pics for you Friday night and Saturday night. I was away from home and my laptop died.

The images were taken on the day they were intended for, so better late than never.

If this woeful image isn't a prompt for me to purchase a decent macro lens then nothing is.

The Renfrew Wheel at Braehead (Friday 16/1)


Sorry for not having new pics for you Friday night and Saturday night. I was away from home and my laptop died.

The images were taken on the day they were intended for, so better late than never.

I had hoped the wheel might do a spin while I was there to give a nice radial light pattern but no such luck.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

And then I ate them.........

"Only Smarties have the answer". Remember that advertising slogan for the colourful little hard-shelled sweeties?

I love filling my mouth with them and letting the shells melt, so the chocolate escapes. Mmmmmmmmm mmm mmmm mmmm mmmmmmm!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Where would we be without our beloved gas?

Methane (CH4). It supplies the energy to cook our food. It heats our buildings and by some strange quirk powers some fridges to keep our food cool and fresh. I've also heard of gas showers and gas tumble driers. Wonderful stuff. The colour of a natural gas flame is one of my favourite shades of blue.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen

Ho hum. An eighty-four mile round trip to sit in the cold watching the worst I've seen Killie play for a while.

Ah well, at least I can say I was there at the bad ones as well as the good ones.

The image: not the highest quality, but not bad for a Compact from the upper tiers of the East Stand.

Monday, 12 January 2009

My newest best friend.............?

I think this thing is very rapidly becoming my newest best friend.


Sunday, 11 January 2009


This is Emma from today's visit to Contrast.

I just noticed that some of my posts have been so late in the day that they appear to have been posted a day late. Must sort that out.........

Saturday, 10 January 2009

The Crane


One of the interesting things visible from my front windows.

Nice sunrise too!

Friday, 9 January 2009

My Favourite Grater


It was a toss-up between a light bulb and a grater today.

The grater won!

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Don't You Just Love Technology

A trio of MP3 players from my collection.

I love the red i-river one!

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Ever wondered............

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be inside the drum of a washing machine?


These are the kind of things I think of from time-to-time.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009


Typically, as soon as I got my camera out the normally busy flow of traffic became very quiet but I liked the curves created by the headlights on the vehicles coming off the roundabout.

Monday, 5 January 2009

I just liked it.........

I thought this artificial plant on my kitchen window sill showed a nice combination of colours, especially against the blackness of a winter evening.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Is this why?

Is this the reason that I find the first two months of the year so "depressing"?

Bare trees and dull skies.

At least the days are gradually lengthening.........

A Last Look at the Tree

Due to technical issues yesterday evening I was unable to post my 3/1 offering, so here it is today. Let's hope that doesn't happen too much as it now feels wrong to have no post on 3/1 and two on 4/1, but I suppose the images still depict the correct day.

Just a last look at our Christmas Tree before it comes down

Friday, 2 January 2009

Staple Diet

Where would we be without our over-indulgence in confectionery at this time of year?

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Day One of Another 365

Phew, just made it!

Seeing all the "365'ing" that's going on I thought I should try to commit to the process, inspired by Tom Thomson of ifotouscotland.

Given the whole thing has started during the festivities I'll have a bit of a food and drink theme for the first few days........ probably!