Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: Trinity North Church

Trinity North Church in Kelso was designed by John Starforth and built in the 1880s. It’s a magnificent building that has sadly fallen into disrepair. Now in urgent need of upgrading, it’s on the market for offers over £75,000. Refurbishing it in any way would be extremely costly and no doubt subject to many regulations since it’s a listed building, but I hope some enterprising person saves it from demolition. It even has its own gargoyles.

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Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: 3 bridges, 3 centuries

The three bridges in this photograph span the Firth of Forth between Edinburgh and Fife. To the left, the white triangular-shaped bridge is the Queensferry Crossing (opened in 2017); next to it, the grey bridge with its sweeping dark span is the Forth Road Bridge (opened in 1964); on the right, the second largest cantilever bridge in the world is the iconic red-painted Forth Rail Bridge (opened in 1890).

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Three centuries of bridges over the Firth of Forth, as viewed from South Queensferry.
Nature · Photography · Scotland · Tree

Friday photo: Pitscandly Hill

A few days ago I visited Murton Farm nature reserve, near Forfar in the county of Angus. On a previous visit, made in the summertime, the landscape was filled with bright yellow gorse and bushy green-leaved trees. By late October it was equally beautiful, with autumnal shades and a feeling of things settling down for the winter.

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Pitscandly Hill viewed from Murton Farm nature reserve, near Forfar, Angus.
Garden · Photography · Scotland

Friday photo: River Tweed

I was on holiday last week in the Scottish Borders, and took this photo on a hazy autumn morning as the River Tweed flowed through the town of Kelso. Going by the water level, I suspect flooding could be a problem in times of heavy rainfall, but houses were well set back from the water, with long sloping gardens providing some protection.

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River Tweed viewed from Chalkheugh Terrace, Kelso, Scottish Borders.