Due to personal life effecting events this blog came to a grinding halt in June/August 2016. However life carried on as did my photography. My partner had been diagnosed with uterine cancer in September 2015. During the operation to remove the cancer her urethra tube (right side) was damaged. It was several months before the tube was healed enough to allow the Chemo treatment to be started. I know my partner was stressed during this time and so was I. Thankfully that is all behind us now and we can relax a little bit. So How to bridge the gap?
January 2016: Due to Susan’s immune system being shot to hell, so to speak,we were restricted on outings. We did make one outing to Bavelaw/Thriepmuir reservoirs on 30th January. There is a nice hide sited at the reservoir to allow bird watching in a modicum of comfort. Unfortunately the cold was a bit too much for Susan so we cut the outing short. It was the start of a long climb for her.
February 2016: Visit to Bracklinn Falls near Callander in the Highlands of Scotland. We were lucky with the weather. Due to stamina or lack thereof it took us longer to do the short walk. We plan to return and have added it to our list. Said list is getting longer and longer. Click on image right to see gallery.
March 2016: We paid a visit to the Kelpies at Helix Park Falkirk.
The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures, standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in The Helix, a new parkland project built to connect 16 communities in the Falkirk Council Area, Scotland. Wikipedia
April 2016: We paid a visit to Ballymack Hill Farm, Castle Douglas to spend some time with the fascinating Red Kites (Milvus milvus). It takes 3 hours for us to get to that farm, but it really is worth it to see the spectacular flying display of these birds. The problem for a photographer or bird enthusiast is where to look! At first it looks as if there are no birds around and all is quiet. Then the silence is broken by the call of a kite. Gradually the surrounding trees begin to show signs of the Kites arriving. Then the prefeed display starts. (Click on image below to view gallery)