Spring, frogspawn, new life

Frogspawn photographed a couple of weeks ago in a trackside pool in the Pentland Hills not far from West Linton.

Takes me back to my formative years a long time ago now, when as a boy, I collected some spawn, put it into an old fishtank in the garden with rainwater, large stones and some chickweed and was absolutely fascinated over the next few weeks watching the growth progress of the tadpoles. Observations ended when I was told to get rid of the tank contents after many tiny frogs appeared.

In some ways, when it came to being interested in nature and the environment, my parents were philistines! Probably one of the reasons I rebelled. 🙂





Moor Road

Single track road from West Linton onto the A701 near Penicuik. Generally just known as  the continuation of Deanfoot Road as far as Whitfield farm and then it’s just… well, the Moor Road; although there is probably an official B or C road designation or classification somewhere.

I find this first seven miles of my trip to work preferable to using the main A702. During the morning rush at least, the 702 has far too many kamikazi drivers who either tailgate until they can get by, or zoom past at 80 or 90mph, even often in the rain, although the official speed limit is 60mph.

So, a more leisurely start in the morning for me is heading out over the moor. Besides, when there’s lovely light like in these pics, you can easily stop in a passing place and take a minute or two to do some snaps without some gofaster idiot trying to kill you.

November dawn heading towards Penicuik
Electricity poles traversing the soft peaty moorland with a blanket of ground mist just after sun-up
A double rainbow half way over the moor
Rainbow over a passing place. Southern Pentland Hills just visible.

Dressing for the occasion

Being an ardent people watcher, I’ve always found what folk wear to events quite fascinating.

Mostly when working, I dressed as smart casual, usually because, with heavy bags and two or three metal cases full of necessary picture taking tools, I needed to be comfortable. If it was a fairly formal occasion I occasionally wore a morning suit with tie, just to blend in.

On black tie evening functions if I was photographing some VIP’s or Royals, I even went as far as hiring a formal dinner suit, although quite honestly these are bloody uncomfortable to work in especially with three Nikon SLR’s & flashguns around your neck!

These two pics were done during a local afternoon event I’d been asked to photograph when I went out for a bit of fresh air during a break in the proceedings. I found the contrasting dress styles quite amusing.