Winter 2010-2011

Between 26th December 2009 and into the early new year to 2nd January 2010 there were significant falls of snow – at least for this part of southern Scotland.

A series of very low night-time temperatures followed, alternating with slightly milder weather during daylight hours.

Large icicles proliferated on houses with the repeated melting and freezing, and the main A702 road between Biggar and Edinburgh running through West Linton was closed for almost 24 hours.

Brown bears aren’t indiginous to this part of the world but a bit of PhotoShop fun seemed quite appropriate at the time.
Looking across the River Lyne to St Andrew’s church hall from Chapel Brae



Whipman rideout

One of the things that annoys my visual senses is when I see pictures of the Whipman rideout coming through the village. Mostly in photographs taken there are vehicles, quad bikes, bright yellow no-parking bollards or folk in high vis jackets, all getting in the way of a good shot.

Being a bit of a purist, I wanted to get a picture that showed just the horses and riders with the Whipman hopefully waving the flag.

I was happy with this image. The pic was done in 1996 in the days when the riders went up Medwyn Road (Golf Course Road). Even the nags at the front have their ears pricked and appear to be looking at the camera despite me being 100 yards away!

35mm Fujichrome colour transparency using a 300mm lens.


Domestic wildlife

There’s some lovely walking country around West Linton, and roughly three miles northwest of the village is Baddinsgill Estate, which last time I was up there, had a nice herd of highland cattle.

They’re quite placid and docile but naturally protective of their calves. Be careful if you have a dog with you though!

Here’s a couple of fine examples. Don’t be fooled by the hair over the eyes… they can see you.