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Seen on the Bannockburn arm of the lake while on an autumn colour collectting trip of the center of our province.

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April 23, 2015 on our trip to the blipmeet at Wanaka, Central Otago in New Zealand. www.polaroidblipfoto.com/browse/me

 

Our first morning in Cromwell. We woke to heavy fog which took a while to lift. This shot is at Carrick Winery where we had a wonderful lunch.

 

Bannockburn, home to Carrick wines is found deep in the southern interior of the South Island of New Zealand in the wine region of Central Otago. Nestled at the southern end of one of the broad glacial river valleys surrounded by the Cairnmuir and Carrick mountain ranges, Bannockburn enjoys a continental climate with low rainfall and high sunshine hours. The long cool autumns with their warm days and cool nights create ideal conditions for the production of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling. Other grape varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris also thrive in Central Otago's microclimate.

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April 23, 2015 on our trip to the blipmeet at Wanaka, Central Otago in New Zealand. www.polaroidblipfoto.com/browse/me

 

Our first morning in Cromwell. We woke to heavy fog which took a while to lift. This shot is in Bannockburn on our way to have a lunch at Carrick Winery looking over Lake Dunstan.

 

Bannockburn is a small historic gold mining town located outside of Cromwell in Central Otago, New Zealand.

 

The area was first made known as a rich alluvial gold field and was mined extensively in the 1860s.

 

Its uniquely warm, dry climate earned it the name 'The heart of the desert', as climatic conditions and human activity have combined to strip the area of most of the original native vegetation leaving rocks, sands and soils exposed. Today, these climate conditions make Bannockburn the home of many vineyards and stonefruit orchards.

 

Wine in this region, like the majority of Central Otago, focuses primarily on Pinot noir, suited to the dry climate and soils. The climate of Bannockburn epitomizes that of the Central Otago wine region and claims some of the highest temperatures and lowest rainfall in the area. The area is limited by geographical constraints to relatively small outputs, and most of the vineyards boast a boutique high quality wine with typically small volumes of grapes.

For more Info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannockburn,_New_Zealand

More than a century ago gold digggers and sluicers created this strange landscape at Bannockburn in Central Otago. Usually it is hot and dry in the "heart of the desert" but this day the clouds kept it cool.

 

Thanks very much for visiting and also pushing my stream count over 1.5 M views last night.

 

Carrick wines

The same daughter as my last post but a hill we climbed on holiday at the old goldfield sluicings at Bannockburn. I'm facing up a stone lined water race built by the miners in the 19th century.

Hope you had a better day than I did today!

Bannockburn, Scotland

Bannockburn Woods, Bannockburn, Illinois

On our recent trip to the United Kingdom, I was actually on assignment to photograph castles, and anything else, associated with Clan Boyd. The day we arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, was a day of many “firsts” for me, one of them being driving a totally different way than we do in the states, on the left-hand side of the street from the right-hand side of the car. It helped that I had spent a few days with my friend Peter Williams (www.flickr.com/photos/diskdoc/) in Brighton, England, seeing how it’s done and finding out how the road system and signs equated with those here in the states. There wasn’t a world of difference, yet there was a difference. Somehow, my brain just clicked into it, and, as I much enjoy driving, the difference was enough that I felt much like I was at a ride in an amusement park... I loved it!

 

The first few nights there, we stayed at Airth Castle, which was built by Robert the Bruce, a contemporary of Robert Boyd. We checked in, situated room and luggage, and had plenty of time left for dinner, and an hour and a half drive to here, Portencross... if I could only get that English chick (the name I applied to the British female voice) on the GPS to understand my southern vernacular. It took us a good many minutes to program it: “Say the town.” “Portencross” “That word is disambiguous.” “Arrrrrgh!” “That word is disambiguous.”

 

What also made driving here such an experience wasn’t merely the situational issue of car and road... it was the fact that many of the roads here were ridiculously narrow. The drive out from Airth seemed much like driving in a funnel... the closer we got to the coast, the closer the roadside got. Every time someone passed by on the other side of the road, I heard Joyce say, “You came awfully close over here!” Well, they came awfully close over on my side too... but that was part of the fun! We saw more than a few cars with the side-mirror dangling apparently from such an encounter. Obviously, jousting is still somewhat still in vogue in the UK.

 

Having survived the drive to Portencross, we grabbed camera and gear, and hoofed it to the castle. You may be thinking the same thing I did... big, blocky structure in the middle of nowhere... quite underwhelming... until you realize the significance of this place. The lands around Portencross were given to the Boyds of Kilmarnock by King Robert I for their help at the Battle of Bannockburn... this is the seat of the House of Boyd. An exact history of this place will likely never be known, yet from its beginning around 1360, there have been indicators that Portencross Castle may have been a royal residence, as it is known that several charters of the first two Stuart kings were signed there.

 

Legend has it that the castle may have been the last mainland resting place for past Scottish kings. For over two hundred years, the bodies of former kings were taken by road to Portencross where they were ferried to Iona where they would be buried. If it is legend, it’s an astounding one.

 

There’s something sacred about that... I had that on my mind as I worked to find a “just right” composition of this “blocky” form. There’s history here. I’m overlooking the Firth of Clyde from the shores of County Ayrshire in Scotland, much the same way that my wife’s ancestors did nearly 700 years ago... and I thanked God for them... and for her. Without them, there would be no "her"... and she brings something that was missing into my life. History unfolds here, and in it I see some of who she is.

 

We had a lot to talk about on the drive back to Airth. The "English chick" was left out of the conversation, however.

This statue seen at Bannockburn..the site of a disastrous battle were the English were utterly beaten.

About: A foggy late autumn morning

Camera : Nikon D7000 /

Lens : Lensbaby / Composer PRO / Sweet 35

Software : Aperture 3.0.2 / Mac /

Another free build for GoH.

 

Joktan and Jayan succeeded in gaining the support of the Hradcanny dwarves and are leading them to attack a Hand of Corruption Castle. Here they march past the city of Bannockburn.

 

More pics here: brickbuilt.org/Bannockburn-Tower.php

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Bannockburn Reserve Boat Jetty. Central Otago, NZ

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Battle of Bannockburn, Stirling

Battle of Bannockburn, Stirling

Bannockburn, IL

NZ South Island - Central Otago - Bannockburn - Glorious colours on the Kawarau Arm of Lake Dunstan

Midland Scania L113 No. 515 was one of the first batch of Barbie liveried buses for Midland, branded for the 'Diamond' group of routes from Stirling. It is seen here at Bannockburn depot brand new before entering service. i wonder if it still exists today (Oct 2014)?

 

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