I enjoy taking photographs of anything that looks artistic and beautiful in shape or colour. I strive to capture the beauty of nature in my images.

I enjoy looking at other people's beautiful and creative images from all over the world. Hopefully people will enjoy the beautiful things that I have photographed and share in the beauty of this world. Feedback on any of my photo images and any corrections is very much appreciated! :-)

I am a chemistry/science teacher in a Scottish Secondary school who has always had a love for nature. I have been interested in natural history photography since I received my first camera when I was twelve years old. My father was my first great inspiration and a continuing inspiration, as he is an amateur photographer with many years experience.

I went over to digital photography in 2006 and am impressed by the versatility of digital photography!

I now mainly use a Canon 450D with the standard 18-55 mm lens. Many of the pics were taken with the low budget but versatile Fujifilm Finepix S5600 digital camera. Also many thanks to a kind friend for letting me borrow their Canon lenses. :-)

All my photography is copyrighted and all rights are reserved worldwide. Use without permission is illegal. Please kindly contact me for written permission if you are interested in using any of my images. Credit should be given to David Shand not my Flickr name Shandchem.

Canon 700D
Canon 450D
Canon EF-S 18-55 mm lens
Canon EF 100 mm macro lens
Fujifilm Finepix S5600 (x10 optical zoom, equivalent to 38 - 380 mm on a 35 mm camera)
Manfrotto tripod 190CXPRO3

I very much appreciate your visits and will respond to as many comments, photo requests and invites as time permits.

One-off publication rights to my images can be purchased, however, I retain the rights to resell, use or alter the image in any way I choose.

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My World

I see beauty through my eyes in,
The blue of the sky,
The green of the grass,
The sparkling sea
The patterns all around,
A loving smile.

I feel beauty in,
The touch of a friends hand,
A warm hug,
The warmth of the sun,
A warm breeze on my face.

I hear beauty in,
The sound of flowing water,
Birds in cheerful song,
The wind rustling leaves,
Honest and trustworthy words,
A friends greeting,
Kind words,
Innocent laughter.

David Shand, 4 January 2009

Mon Monde

Mes yeux voient la beauté dans
Le bleu du ciel,
Le vert de l'herbe,
La mer étincelante
Les formes tout autour,
Un sourire d'amour.

Je sens la beauté dans
Le contact d'une main amie,
Un chaleureux câlin,
La chaleur du soleil,
Une brise chaude sur mon visage.

J'entends la beauté dans
Le son de l'eau qui coule,
Dans le chant joyeux des oiseaux,
Le vent qui bruisse dans les feuilles,
Les paroles sincères et dignes de confiance,
Le salut d'un ami,
Des paroles aimables,
Un rire innocent.

Thank you Anne-Marie for assistance with the translation of my poem in to French!

To my children:

"Truth is the beacon that guides mankind through the ages."

from your Dad :-)

These are some of my favourite images:

Sacred lotus blossom

Waterfall before the SEPA hut and Marble lodge.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Beinn Eighe from its highest peak, Ruadh Stac Mor

Lichen, Saxicolous species, growing on rocks aside the Beinn Alligin path not far before An Rathanan (the Horns of Alligin).

A grey lichen, photographed near Carn nan Sac, Glen Shee.

A female Common Spreadwing, Lestes sponsa on the Hill of Alyth pond.

Loch Rannoch

Lily flowered tulip variety called Jane Packer.

Goatsbeard, also called Western salsify, Latin name,  Tragopogon dubius.

Magnolia Wilsonii , Dundee botanic gardens

A yellow  tiny mushroom with a wavy-edged cup

Ship leaving San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate Brige

Beinn Eighe from its highest peak, Ruadh Stac Mor

A starry saxifrage, Saxifraga stellaris, growing in central Scotland

 Ruadh Stac, Marsco and the Cuillin ridge

Tenaya Canyon from the eastern end of Yosemite Valley

Tenaya Canyon from the Yosemite Valley

Half Dome, from Washburn Point nearby Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley.

View of Liberty Cap and the Emerald Pool above the Vernal Falls, Yosemite

Vernal Falls

Iron-rich layering in Devonian Old Red Sandstone with Liesegang rings.

A pair of Ptarmigan, Lagopus mutus, on the Broad Cairn to Cairn Bannoch walk

Water lilies at the Yogananda gardens

Red rose

Wood-sorrel, Oxalis acetasella

The Reekie Linn Waterfall.

Echinocereus brandeegii

The Arum lily, Zantedeschi aethiocopa

Photos of Shandchem (9)

  • Thalassa passing out between Estuary Piers.jpg by petrafjord
  • Coal and clay strata below Carboniferous sandstone, near Crail, Fife. by Shandchem
  • Tuff (agglomerate), Ardross, near St Monans, Castle, Fife. by Shandchem
  • Shadows in the river at the Dunino Den in Fife. by Shandchem
  • Me (late Quaternary) slumped over the beautiful slumping structures  in the Carboniferous red sandstone approximately half a mile south side of Crail in Fife. by Shandchem
  • A very large boulder deposited by a glacier at the end of the last Ice Age in Gleann Taitneach, Scotland. by Shandchem
  • Carn Liath by rg250871
  • David Shand, Glenclova woods nearby the Shank of Driesh by Shandchem
  • Me (David Shand) on Mount Blair. Photographed by my friend, Kari.  by Shandchem

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    six circle says:

    "David is a wonderful person and an amazing photographer. His landscapes are simply awesome and breathtaking. I have learnt so much from his work . David please keep up the marvelous work and let students like me benefit"

    December 9th, 2008

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    tropicaLiving - Jessy Eykendorp says:

    "David is not only an accomplished photographer but a kind, generous soul that truly cares about people and promoting their photography. He always goes out of his way to compliment and support others in the Flickr community with his encouraging words and giving spirit. It's been my pleasure to call this dear person a friend. See you soon in Bali and thanks so much for the photography lesson:)"

    July 6th, 2008

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    acrid liquid says:

    "Beautiful shots of a beautiful land, in the same spirit of the National Geographic reportages. It's a fascinating tour of Scotland."

    April 2nd, 2008

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