Me-Now-Views; Less Speak More Peek

Have got rather a lot of piccies built up from my recent trips across country, so need to get sharing them and the tales to go with... As I sit and prepare this post (2 days back from now...stop messing with their heads YAM...) I look out the window towards "Bishop's Seat", flanked by Horse's Seat and Kilbride Hill and feel they have drawn closer by several metres. Grandad always said when the hills come to visit, so will foul weather. He was pretty accurate in that regard. Having had a break at the start of the month with the tease of spring, winter's tail is lashing us. The hills are white again.  So I am not feeling so embarrassed at having taken so long to start this little tour.  It contains a lot of the white stuff.

This little set of piccies is from the first run through to Edinburgh, pre-Christmas.  The moon was hard and bright and the next morning there was a hard, bright, white light.

(That's farmed forestry up above Bishop's Glen - used the super-zoomylens for that one.)

I decided to take a 'scenic route' rather than the motorway.  It took me 'doon the watter' to Largs...this is a series of shots taken from the same spot and flexing the Fudge's inner workings...

At Hunterston, this enormous (292m) ship was unloading. That was the last waterside shot I got... turned left and headed towards Edinburgh via a very circuitous route.

...Yes more forestry, re-plantations, somewhere mid-country... as you see it was not the most rewarding trip photographically speaking! The weather was truly abysmal.  Arrived in Edinburgh just before dark...

The photos get more interesting as it goes along.  Promise.

Whatchya been doing?


Murphy said...

Great photos but we are wondering what that sign means that is in the second to last photo?

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

We were also wondering about that sign... is it so they won't Spray Weed/Vegetation killer along the road and damage the trees?
We have LOTS of WHITE on our hill right now, too.
Those are BEAUTIFUL TREES though... with the... stuffs.. covering their boughs.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh, that is a road sign which indicates that there is a junction ahead; specifically there is a smaller road feeding onto 'this road' from the right. Yxx

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Hi guys, you may have noticed I responded to the doods query just as you posted your comment... but that is a road sign indicating junction ahead.... though I like your idea!!!

Most of the farmed trees here are Sitka Spruce, with a fair smattering of Scots Pine (of course) and some Norwegian Pine. A lot goes to timber for furniture, but also to creating alternative fuels for heaters and other such things. The do look pretty with the white stuffs on, it must be admitted!

I am heading off to Edinburgh again today; the father got the sickies and needs some 'nursing'.... of course the Fudge will be coming with me &*> Yxx

Merlesworld said...

You land is so different to ours a forrest of pine trees blanketed with snow we never see that..

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

The tower is interesting!!!!
You must have so many tales of your travels. Keep 'em coming!!!!

Joanne Noragon said...

Is the re-forestation over old mining land? How does the need to re-forest come about?

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
What wonderful questions!!!

No. The 'why' informs the 'where'... and it all began 'when' the Great War depleted the already compromised timber stock in Britain. Existing, natural plantations were initially boosted, but demand being huge, land which was of little other use and which had previously not been timbered was claimed. A lot in England also, but significant regions of Scotland. Then during the depression, farms struggling to maintain stock and crops were subsidised to plant on their low arable lands. WW2 ensured further increased demand and then postwar, the need was there for housing and furniture constructions. Thus much of Scotland is known for its coniferous-clad high country....such as you see in these photos.

Forestation over mining land is limited due to risk of subsidence. The nature of the soil is also different. Conifers require the more peaty, heathy ground.

&*> Yxx

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey ..... you're at it again, aye?? I go doon the watter EVERY DAY. Mum wants to go look at your watter. Darn that Scottish blood!! Fair dinkum ...... leave Fudge at home next time, aye???

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh Charlie mate, if only you and mum could come over to this watter indeed!!!

'FRAID TO SAY, AM OFF BACK TO EDINBURGH EVEN THIS VERY DAY AND THE 'FUDGE' IS PACKED!!! It's an emergency visit for the father has taken ill... Yxx

Mascha said...

Great moon and a wonderful travel series, the old lighthouse is my favorite (I so often dream to have a car and go to other places and see interesting nice things... I can take all my photos only 2-3 miles away from my homedoor, sigh!)
We had snow too, yesterday.
Have a great week

Dominique Goh said...

Interesting captures of the dock area and lighthouse.

NC Sue said...

Great shots, Yam!

Angela Thompson said...

Wonderful photos!

Madi and Mom said...

WOW WOW Yam Aunty these are breathtaking. Were you trained in photography....if not you surely have the eye of an artist
Hugs Madi and Mom

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Father was a serious amateur and I grew up in the darkroom, learning chemicals, exposures, focal lengths..... The slightly fuller legend is on side bar of TAKE. I am a bit of a hit and miss amateur in this digital age!!! Yxx

Patrick weseman said...

Beautiful Photos. Very lovely. Just love scenery. So peaceful.