Thursday, 24 November 2016

Seaweed and sedums

We have had sunshine from dawn until dusk today.  The heavy frost has remained all day, except where the sun has hit the ground.  
The light is fading now and there are pastel bands of colour in the sky, with one stripe of almond green, which I think must be fog on the far horizon.  

Sunday, 20 November 2016

On top of the world!

Many congratulations to Andy Murray, winner of the ATP World Tour this evening!  Scotland is now sporting not only the world's number one male tennis player, but doubles player too - and from the same family!  Well done, also, to Jamie Murray and his doubles partner, Bruno Soares.  We are a tiny country on a world stage, but we can still produce the world's best.  Hooray!  

Friday, 18 November 2016


The annual North Berwick firework display, scheduled for Bonfire Night, was postponed because of very high winds.  So we enjoyed it this evening instead.  
The tide was on its way out, so the fireworks were not reflecting in the water, but the wet sand did a pretty good job in picking up the colours shooting around in the night sky. 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

A herd of ...... curlews!

There has been a herd of curlews in a field, just outside North Berwick, for the last week or so.  I haven't been able to and photograph them, but have had it in the back of my mind to try, ever since I first spotted them.  The curlew is one of my favourite birds.  I love its outline, the elegant beak, and above all, its call.  It is the eptiome of wildness, to me.

This morning, to my surprise and delight, the curlews more or less came to me.  They were pecking around on the grass in The Lodge, the parkland area of North Berwick, where we walk the dogs.  I returned this afternoon with my camera, to discover they are surprisingly difficult to photograph, as they are constantly on the move!  Anyway, I have one or two snaps of the little herd.  Herd is rather an ugly word to describe such an elegant bird, but still, I hope the rather blurred photos demonstrate what a beautiful creature it is.