Single frame… Bass Rock, August 2020

Bass Rock, August 2020Bass Rock, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 74mm, 1/340s, f11, ISO 200

Bass Rock (Creag nam Bathais in Gaelic) is an uninhabited island in the Firth of Forth, roughly three miles north-east of North Berwick. The island is home to a colony of more than 150,000 Northern gannets (Morus bassanus) and they give it its… ‘distinctive’ colouring.

The pic was taken from Seacliff Beach and on that particularly glorious August Saturday the beach was busy with swimmers, kayakers and paddle-boarders… me? I limited myself to having a paddle!

Single frame… Serendipity in Scotland

My pal Mark (husband of my regular ‘Photography Friday’ partner in crime, Rachel) loves flags so it came as no surprise when he suggested a visit to the National Flag Heritage Centre at Athelstaneford during a trip to Scotland.

Lone tree, AthelstanefordLone tree, Athelstaneford
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 19mm, 1/200s, f11, ISO 200

The Heritage Centre occupies a lectern doocot (dovecote) dating from 1583 to the rear of Athelstaneford Church but it was the above scene that caught my eye when I rounded the corner!

I’ll confess to not knowing what kind of tree it is but I recognise a Poppy (Papaver rhoeas) when I see one!

Single frame… Cove Harbour, August 2020

Cove Harbour, August 2020Cove Harbour, August 2020
Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 32mm, 1/300s, f11, ISO 200

A brief trip to the Scottish Borders last weekend gave us the opportunity to explore a couple of lesser known locations on the coast below Dunbar.

Cove Harbour was one such location. The tiny natural harbour was improved in 1831 by the building of a breakwater and to all intents and purposes not much has changed since then!

Access to the harbour from land is via a tunnel through the cliffs that was dug by hand in the 1700s, a tunnel that has a number of side chambers that were used for storing fresh fish (and no doubt a variety of smuggled goods!) The chambers continued to be used as changing rooms by bathers until they were sealed up in 1981.

It’s a location I’m very keen to return to!