Time passing

it seems hard to believe that we are well into April and I have not posted, or taken any photos since the beginning of the year. Have been busy with GIS and wrestling with Geoserver a lot, which isn’t really an excuse for not going out to take photographs or experiencing anything of life lately.

I do go through periods lacking inspiration for going out roaming, but I am starting to feel some good thoughts coming back and will hopefully get out soon, whatever the weather (as this is Scotland) and release the shutter a few times.

So, as I have nothing new to add I re-worked one of the last photographs that I took for nothing more than shits and giggles. Have just deleted all the photos out of the Photo’s app and on the desktop as I am “fairly” sure they are all in the Lightroom Catalogue. And let’s face it, if it isn’t in the catalogue was it really worth keeping anyway? Probably not, or probably not worth remembering.

When you’re too late for the sunset.

When you’re too late for the sunset.

New Year 2019

I think it is only appropriate to start this post by saying “Happy New Year” to my readers/followers. I have spent most of the festive period in digital isolation, which is a cute way of saying i have spent most of it in front of the television watching marathon sessions of Netflix. The only interaction I have in these periods is Netflix asking me if I am still watching? How do you disable that annoying feature anyway, if I wanted it paused I’d train the cat to pause it on command. My apple watch also tells me to get up once an hour, but I just put it round the cats neck to make sure that it thinks I am moving and alive.

I did venture out on New Years Day with absolutely no idea where I was going to drive to but I did have the foresight to pack my camera. As I pulled out of the driveway I had two thoughts, Fife or the Trossachs. The latter dominating my thoughts primarily as I was in the wrong lane on the motorway for Fife as I sailed past the junction.

The Trossachs generally refers to an area of wooded glens and braes with quiet lochs, lying to the east of Ben Lomond in the Stirling council area of Scotland. The name is taken from that of a small woodland glen that lies at the centre of the area, but is now generally applied to the wider region. It is part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which opened in 2002.

I have posted below two shots, Loch Ard and the Lake of Mentieth. I was a little late for sunset, but I did manage to get a few locations that I can go back to.

Loch Ard at dusk

The Lake of Mentieth at dusk

Birthday Macaroni

As another year of my life has disappeared rather more quickly than I had imagined it would I decided, once again, to bury my head in the sand and pretend that it hadn’t actually passed.

This year I decided that I would make Lorraine Pascale’s famous (in my house) Glam mac and cheese in a fit of self-indulgent solitude and eating. See the full recipe here. I note that the BBC has changed the name of this recipe from Glam(orous) mac and cheese to ‘mac and cheese’. In my opinion everything with that amount of double cream called by the recipe is glamorous.

The only thing with eating a large amount of carbs that I spent the rest of the evening sleeping on the sofa and finally dragged myself to bed around 10pm to wake up at 4am. Obviously i have hit that age where you don’t need as much sleep anymore.




Legion

I was offered some complimentary tickets to the opening evening of the “Legion” event organised by Rough Castle Experiences last Wednesday. It is described as a family night like no other. At The Antonine Wall you can take a walk back through time to see a magical woodland and performances by experts in theatrical combat and aerial artistry.

The history was to be brought to life by a sate of art sound and light technologies, live action and lots of imagination. Unfortunately, lots of imagination was a rather large understatement. I was rather underwhelmed, but I find it hard to put my finger on exactly why this was. The actors that were meant to be pushing the story along as you wandered through the trail just failed to convey what their part was. If this was so that they didn’t ‘break character’ the stewards also gave no commentary and there were no signs describing what the point of some of the pieces were either.

So you kinda felt lost with the story while wandering the woods with some lighting and at one point a projector displaying a film that was meant to set the scene. There was also an unnecessarily long delay in seeing the acrobatic piece, which coincided with a “retail opportunity”. I was glad that my ticket was complimentary as I would have felt ripped off if I had paid £18 for an adult ticket. To charge £3 for hot water and a tea-bag while waiting on a performance was a touch rough.

I wish I was the sort of person that could let little things go, but this photograph kind of summed it all up for me. Good intentions that fell short. If nothing else it made me laugh, and take a photograph, I may also have tweeted it, instagram might also have been involved. It was exceptional. I accept that this is small minded of me, I will work exceptionally hard at being better.



 

Anyway, I took some photographs and video for your viewing pleasure! Thanks for reading.