What are the odds that you are sitting at your laptop, on a Wednesday morning, looking through your photos for something to illustrate this week’s challenge of ‘against the odds’, when a pheasant lands in a tree in your garden? A pheasant which I’ve never seen in the garden before – normally they are associated with open countryside, woodland edges and hedgerows. What are the odds that you have your camera right there beside you and can take a picture?
We might not be impressed by having our grass full of dandelion seed heads but, if you look at them closely, they are very graceful, and amazingly detailed and delicate.
Ambience is something that lifts your mood and, for me anyway, is often to do with the lighting. Here’s a little bit of mid-January ambience in Ashton Lane, Glasgow.
During the festive break in Scotland, we had one sunny morning when the rain stayed away and the gale force winds had finally subsided, so we grabbed the opportunity for a quick outing.
Despite having visited the area on many, many occasions over the years this was the first time I had walked to Glen Finglas to look at the dam and the reservoir. Glen Finglas is in the heart of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and in the mid 1960s a dam was built at one end, the valley was flooded, and a reservoir created to serve the city of Glasgow. There is parking near the small tea room in Brig o’ Turk (sadly closed over the winter, so there was no opportunity for a warming hot chocolate after our exertions) and from there the walk to the dam is an easy stroll.
We have a view of snow covered Ben Venue in the distance as we set off along the road.
We pass an information board which tells us about the poet, author, social thinker and artist John Ruskin and a group known as The Glasgow Boys. Click on the picture to read all about it.
In 1853 Glen Finglas was the setting for a scandal surrounding Ruskin and the artist John Everett Millais – a scandal which rocked the British art establishment and Victorian society and which involved a painting and an affair… You can read all about it here. Our walk takes us past the red-porched house in Brig o’ Turk in which Ruskin and his wife probably stayed during that summer.
As we approach the dam, our surroundings change from rugged woodland on either side of the road and the tumbling waters of the river to manicured grass – it is quite a contrast.
Following the path round to the left we make our way up onto the dam itself and are afforded beautiful views of the reservoir and surrounding hills.
If you enjoyed this walk and have some energy left, you might like to join Jo’s Monday Walks.
Balboa Park in San Diego, California has many beautiful areas, museums and gardens. Today we are going for a walk round the Japanese Friendship Garden. The garden started just as a teahouse, built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, but now covers 12 acres of the park.
It was a beautiful day when we visited and we took a slow meander along the paths, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the pools, river and waterfalls.
I am, cheekily, linking this post with two other bloggers. First with Jude’s Garden Challenge, for which I have not contributed anything for quite a while. This month she has invited us to share Urban spaces and, as this garden is in the city of San Diego, it fits the bill perfectly. The second link is to Jo’s Monday Walk, which I haven’t taken part in for a while either. There isn’t much description for this walk, because I didn’t want to intrude on the peace and tranquility of it with my chatter. The Japanese garden is the sort of place where you quietly think your own thoughts, perhaps sitting on a bench for a little while admiring the view, or walking in quiet contemplation along the paths. I hope you feel calmer for your visit.
So much ocean that the surfers look tiny.
The raft race at the annual Royal Reggata in Fowey, Cornwall has some moments of pure chaos as the home made rafts navigate their way along the short course through the small boats moored on the river.
Chaotic, but fun!