Christmas Day arrived and everything was still covered in snow and freezing hard. I decided to go to Aberfeldy and walk up to the Falls of Moness. The car park was shut because of snow and ice, and I left the car in a street. As I walked up to the viewing point I thought I seemed to be very unfit – but as I walked down the other side I realised it was quite steep!
This walk is well worth while. It passes through beautiful woodland, has the sound of water for much of it, is circular, and takes you right into the gorge before the sharp pull up to the viewing point. Although not long it is quite steep so relatively hard work.
As photos go this isn’t particularly good, but it is recording something maybe not seen for 30 years – the falls are frozen from top to bottom. There is just a tiny bit of moving water visible, right at the bottom.
Having got my pre-loved Pentax K-7 I was eager to try it out, and since the rivers were very high I went to Ossian’s Hall to see what I could make of it. I had the standard WR kit lens, plus an old Sigma 70-210mm A-series Zoom, which is what I used for this shot. Manual focusing proved to be very tricky without a split image focusing screen. I had a lot of otherwise reasonable shots spoilt by a soft focus.
I live fairly near Scone airfield, and when I heard they were having the Red Arrows giving a display at their airshow I looked at the maps and picked out a good vantage point overlooking the airfield. I also looked at the NOTAMs to find out when the display was, and set off.
The weather was poor, showers were coming through, but they were lucky with their assigned slot. I loved the display, sadly just missed being in place to get them arriving over the hill from the direction of Leuchars.
Back at Ossian’s Hall and the autumn colours are starting to arrive. To me it vastly improves the image. As seen here this is a bit dark, the larger version on Flickr and the original on my PC are fine.