Muckhart Mill (04 Mar 2016)

Muckhart Mill
Muckhart Mill
I was trying to get to Cauldron Linn on the River Devon and couldn’t work out how, so continued along the track to Muckhart Mill. There are some lovely old stone buildings, and one of them had this very attractive external iron staircase.

There were also beautiful views of the Ochils with the last of the winter’s snow, and the Devon valley.


  • Aperture :ƒ/5.6
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :4 March, 2016
  • Focal length :85mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1/80s

San Gimignano (21 Oct 2015)

San Gimignano
San Gimignano

San Gimignano is a wonderful Tuscan hill town, with more of it’s tower houses left than any other similar town.  It’s a wonderful place to visit both for views of it, and from it.  There is also a fabulous Gelateria(ice cream shop) in one of the squares.

  • Aperture :ƒ/8
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :21 October, 2015
  • Focal length :18mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1/250s

Spiral Staircase, Sienna (21 Oct 2015)

Spiral Staircase, Siena
Spiral Staircase, Siena

Sienna is known for Porchetta (roast pork loin) rolls, and in the west corner of the Palio is Salumeria Il Cencio. They have some benches on the first floor with a wonderful view across the Palio. They are reached by this interesting spiral staircase. You can see the benches on Google Earth, if you look closely enough.

 

  • Aperture :ƒ/8
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :21 October, 2015
  • Focal length :18mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1.3s

Pitlochry (25 Dec 2014)

Christmas day 2014 was beautiful, so I drive to Pitlochry and walked up past Black Spout waterfall to Eradour Distillery, across the fields to Moulin, back down to the town and along the river back to the car.  Then I drove home via the south side of Loch Tummel and Aberfeldy, with a short diversion along the Shiehallion car park road.

Black Spout Falls
Black Spout Falls
The Abyss above the Falls
The Abyss above the Falls
Ben Vrackie
Ben Vrackie
Wall at Eradour Distillery
Wall at Eradour Distillery
Empty Barrels at Eradour Distillery
Empty Barrels at Eradour Distillery
Spring is on it's way!
Spring is on it’s way!
Bonskeid House
Bonskeid House
Braes of Foss
Braes of Foss
Schiehallion
Schiehallion
  • Aperture :ƒ/6.3
  • Camera :PENTAX K-5 II
  • Taken :25 December, 2014
  • Focal length :55mm
  • ISO :800
  • Shutter speed :1/2000s

Schloss Schwetzingen (28 Feb 2014)

I spent a few days with a friend who lives near Darmstadt, and we visited Schloss Schwetzingen which is a wonderful building dating to approximately 1700-1750.  It has extensive, beautiful gardens and is roughly equidistant from Manheim and Heidelberg,the other seats of the  Electors of Palatine.  A remarkable feature seen on Google Earth is what used to be a straight avenue lined with mulberry trees going to Heidelberg.

Schloss Schwetzingen
Schloss Schwetzingen
Schloss Schwetzingen
Schloss Schwetzingen
Schloss Schwetzingen
Schloss Schwetzingen
  • Aperture :ƒ/2.7
  • Camera :Nexus 4
  • Taken :28 February, 2014
  • Focal length :4.6mm
  • ISO :100
  • Shutter speed :1/160s