On St Andrew’s Day… The Kelpies, November 2018

Wishing my friends and readers north of the border a safe and happy St Andrew’s Day 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 I’ll be having a wee dram on your behalf tonight…

The Kelpies, November 2018The Kelpies, November 2018
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 28mm, 4.5s, f11, ISO 400

Love them or loathe them, the The Kelpies (designed by sculptor Andy Scott) have quickly become Scottish icons since their opening to the public in April 2014.

Single frame… Grey Seal pup

Grey Seal pup, November 2019Grey Seal pup, November 2019
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 55-200mm f3.5~4.8 R LM OIS at 116mm, 1/125s, f9, ISO 640

This week’s ‘Photography Friday’ saw Rachel and I visit Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast to see the Grey Seals (Halichoerus grypus) that breed (and give birth to their pups) there every year between October and December.

The area is a salt marsh, used by the Royal Air Force as a bombing range but it is also home to a staggering 30% of the worldwide Grey Seal population!

The public viewing area is managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the volunteer wardens do a fantastic job of keeping both seals and visitors safe, the above image was captured from well behind the fencing that separates the two!

Throwback Thursday… Flaked out dog, Sheringham

Flaked out dog, SheringhamFlaked out dog, Sheringham
Fujifilm X20, Fujinon Super EBC 7.1-28.4mm f2~2.8 at 24mm, 1/550s, f8, ISO 100

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Five years ago it was this very bored-looking dog at Sheringham, waiting for its ‘humans’ to get on with the walk they’d promised him…

The X20 was my first Fujifilm camera and was directly responsible for my entry into the X mirrorless system in 2015 (with the X-E1). It’s also partially to blame for my friend Rachel’s interest in photography… she borrowed it during our holiday to Scotland in October 2017 and hasn’t looked back!