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V&A Dundee

The much anticipated V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, finally opened on 15 Sep 18.  Expecting 500,000 visitors in its first year that target was met in only six months and thus far has been a resounding success.  The museum, the only V&A outside of London is located in a prime spot on Dundee’s rejuvenated waterfront and extends out on to the silvery Tay.  The shots below are only a few of the very interesting exhibits which form part of the Scottish design galleries.

 

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Inside York Minster

A few shots of the magnificent statues, objects and artefacts which make up the outstanding interior of York Minster.

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York Minster

York Minster is one of the largest places of worship in Europe.  The Minster was built over a period of 250 years, between 1220 and 1472 and, at the time, was at the forefront of gothic architecture.  Like Notre Dame in Paris, York minster suffered a serious fire in 1984 which was apparently caused by a bolt of lightning, resulting in £2.25m worth of damage.  The project to restore the Minster to its former glory was completed one year ahead of schedule in 1988.

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Posing Siskin

This charming little siskin happily posed for me whilst at Loch Morlich, Aviemore.  This is indeed a rarity for me as when attempting wildlife photography the subject is normally well gone before I release the shutter, a very frustrating hobby indeed.  In this case, perhaps it was frozen to the spot.

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Wintry Aviemore

As Billy Connolly once said ‘There are two seasons in Scotland, June and winter…
in Scotland, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.’
To say the weather in Scotland is changeable is an understatement.  Only 24 hours earlier it was a fantastically sunny and clear day, albeit crisp – a perfect spring day.  The Highlands in Scotland are beautiful (or bonnie) but even more so when the landscape is completely changed by the arrival of snow.  The shots below were taken at a desolate Loch Morlich, Aviemore, with the vast majority of the snow untouched.

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Blue Tits Preparing

A few shots of blue tits preparing the nest box in my garden.  The nest box has been quiet the past couple of years so hopefully this year may prove different.

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Peregrine Falcon – York Minster

A few shots of one of the resident peregrine falcons at York Minster taken on 6 Apr 19.

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Lapwings

A few shots of Lapwings taken in the Cairngorms.

 

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Courting Great Crested Grebes

A few shots of a couple of great crested grebes carrying out their elaborate courtship dance.  It would have been ideal if the weather had been better and the grebes closer to shore however, this was the first time I had observed this behaviour.

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