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The colour version of a previous mono shot I uploaded earlier in the month, a very cold morning down at penton bridge.

the woodland track, in it's autumnal colours, leading down of meikleholm hill. just before it meets the becks road. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

Brennen Woods. Dumfriesshire.

Maybes aye, maybes naw. Maybes it's the newly discovered Solway Seaweed Moth!!!!!!

 

I would have loved to get the tussock more to the left but it wizny happening at all. I love the reflections in this -the diagonals make the horizon look squinty. Well that is my excuse and I am sticking to it. The wee dots just below the horizon are feathers, thousands of them.

The red deer is the largest land-mammal in the UK with a males (stags) standing 107-137cm at the shoulder and weighing 90-190kg. Adult females (hinds) reach a height of 107-122cm at the shoulder and weigh 63-120kg. Deer on the open hill in Scotland are smaller than those in lowland English woodland.

 

Red deer are a native species having migrated to Britain from Europe 11,000 years ago. They were used extensively by Mesolithic man as a source of food, skins and tools (bones and antlers). However, the development of agriculture by Neolithic man cleared swathes of forest to make way for fields and this loss of forest encouraged the decline of red deer populations, which became confined to the Scottish Highlands, south-west England and a few other small, scattered populations

 

The Normans protected red deer in parks and ‘forests’ (often devoid of trees!) for royal hunting, but this protection was lost during the Medieval period causing another decline in numbers in England. Victorian re-introductions of ‘improved’ stock (often inter-bred with larger related species such as wapiti), escapes from deer parks, natural spread, together with an increase in the Highlands and in forest and woodland cover since the early 20th century, mean that red deer are now widely distributed and are expanding in range and number.

 

While preferring woodland and forest habitats in England and southern Scotland, red deer can adapt to open moor and hills as they have in parts of Scotland and south-west England. Native stock are common in the Scottish Highlands, Dumfriesshire, Lake District, East Anglia and the south-west of England. Feral stock are present in the north of England, north Midlands, East Anglia, the New Forest and Sussex. Red deer graze on grasses and dwarf shrubs e.g. heather and bilberry. Woody browse, e.g. tree shoots, is taken when other food is limited during winter.

 

the young poser stops for a breather on this old hill track, that wends it's way down from the top of warbla hill. to the town of langholm. in the valley below, with the becks, glebe, and gaskells on the left, the castle hill, and liddesdale hills in the background.l angholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

the sun rises at daybreak over whita hill. and the muckle toon, casting it's golden rays through the oak, and young larch woodland, along the becks. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

Near Parkgate, Dumfriesshire, 2007

Mill Loch in the small town of Lochmaben, Dumfries & Galloway.

took the frame out of me lighting the church with a torch. Car headlights caught the church a couple of times

this picture is created using 56 30 second exposures using 'night lapse' on a GoPro Hero 4 black (I got too cold to leave it longer!). I used a program called Startrails

www.startrails.de/html/software.html

 

dawns apocalyptic sunrise, over the sheepfolds, woods, whita hill, and the stables. starts a new day for some, along the becks. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

the highmill bridge,built in 1821 and a mile east of langholm.bridges the small river ewes,and carries the busy main A7 road over it,between edinburgh,and carlisle.langholm,dumfriesshire,scotland. view large

Click & Listen

 

Another photo of the Devil's Beef Tub taken minutes before this one as a patch of sunlight fled across the hillside, chasing sheep and shadows, seeming to grow stronger and more beautiful the more it devoured ....

 

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this plant is much the same, as the one growing from the top of the gatepost. don't know what it is, except it's host is an old moss covered dead elm stump, along the becks. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

a young belted galloway bull. complete with nose ring, i think by this time, as he starts to flick his tongue out. he wanted to be more my side of the fence, than his. glebefield, becks, langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

freezing snow crystals. on roadside cow parsley, (anthriscus sylvestris) also known here as wild fennel, down at murtholm farm. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

Lowther hill and green lowther from Black hill. The Southern Upland Way runs along the distant peaks

as the cold winter sun goes down, through the trees in the -7c becks wood,. it casts it's orange and yellow glow through the trees, and over a large bank of feezing fog that hovers over the wauchope valley. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

don't know what it is, but what ever it is. grows out of the top of this old silver lichen covered spruce gatepost, along the becks. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

the skippers brig, a three arch bridge over the deep skippers pool. a good salmon and sea trout holding pool on the river esk, (border esk) parts of the bridge dates back to the 1700s, and carries the main traffic over it, on the busy A7 road between edinburgh and carlisle. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

Dundrennan Abbey near Kirkcudbright in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. This Cistercian Monastery was one of the most important Abbeys in its day and was responsible for changing the social order of Southern Scotland from Paganism to Christianity.

Another view of my favourite location in southern Scotland. The light was great, but it doesn't really capture the powerful winds!

 

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THE WEIR/CAUL WAS BUILT IN 1705 TO DIVERT WATER FROM THE RIVER NITH IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT EROSION OF THE EAST BANK OF THE RIVER, IN AN AREA NOW KNOWN AS WHITESANDS.

sunset over the shadows, on meikleholm hill. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

One of the highest waterfalls in the UK, this is The Grey Mares Tail in Dumfriesshire in the South of Scotland, a most dramatic location that you could easily miss as you drive past it on the road.

the langholm war memorial, enclosed in a metal railing fence, in the buccleuch park. stands amongst the colourful summer flowerbeds and conifers, in memory to those who fell during the 1914 - 1918, and the 1939 - 1945 wars. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland. view large

 

CAERLAVEROCK CASTLE IS A MOATED TRIANGULAR CASTLE, FIRST BUILT IN THE 13TH CENTURY. IT IS LOCATED 11 KILOMETRES (6.8 MI) SOUTH OF DUMFRIES IN SOUTH-WEST SCOTLAND, ON THE EDGE OF THE CAERLAVEROCK NATIONAL NATURE RESERVE. CAERLAVEROCK WAS A STRONGHOLD OF THE MAXWELL FAMILY FROM THE 13TH CENTURY UNTIL THE 17TH CENTURY WHEN THE CASTLE WAS ABANDONED. IT WAS BESIEGED BY THE ENGLISH DURING THE WARS OF SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE, AND UNDERWENT SEVERAL PARTIAL DEMOLITIONS AND RECONSTRUCTIONS OVER THE 14TH AND 15TH CENTURIES. IN THE 17TH CENTURY, THE MAXWELLS WERE CREATED EARLS OF NITSHDALE, AND BUILT A NEW LODGING WITHIN THE WALLS, DESCRIBED AS AMONG "THE MOST AMBITIOUS EARLY CLASSICAL DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE IN SCOTLAND". IN 1640 THE CASTLE WAS BESIEGED FOR THE LAST TIME AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ABANDONED. ALTHOUGH DEMOLISHED AND REBUILT SEVERAL TIMES, THE CASTLE RETAINS THE DISTINCTIVE TRIANGULAR PLAN FIRST LAID OUT IN THE 13TH CENTURY.

TODAY, THE CASTLE IS IN THE CARE OF HISTORIC SCOTLAND AND IS A POPULAR TOURIST ATTRACTION. IT IS PROTECTED AS A SCHEDULED MONUMENT, AND AS A CATEGORY A LISTED BUILDING.

 

after a clearfell of spruce. this woodland near broomholm, was replanted with native hardwood trees, they should be starting to look good - when i am about.....147, i should have saved enough for a really good camera by then. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

The morning sun penetrates the mist. The mist creates an atmosphere of fuzzy wooliness. And of course my woolly friends here should be addressed as "Your Wooliness".

Pocket Oxford Dictionary: Woolgathering -absent-minded(ness),dreamy(mood)

woolsack - Lord Cancellor's wool-stuffed seat in the House of Lords, his position.

 

the world famous - tree lined wide and deep salmon and sea trout - skippers pool, on the river esk. ( border esk ) looking downstream from the right bank, below the skippers brig. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

Click & Listen - Guiseppe Tartini, Violin Sonata No. 4 in G "The Devil's Trill"

  

Anyone who knows me at all, would tell you that I have a problem with heights ...

 

Whenever I am standing on the edge of a steep drop I have an almost overwhelming desire to throw myself over, a mix of fear and excitement takes total control.

 

So you can imagine the effort it took not to jump as I stood on this spot for about ten minutes, looking down into the Devil's Beef Tub, waiting for a patch of sunlight to hit the far side of the valley.

 

But I think the result was worth it.

  

If you look at the larger sizes you will see little white blobs around the sheep pen, which are sheep ... 'proper' coloured sheep this time!

 

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looking down on the mini waterfall. and the devils pool, on the becks burn, in the becks wood. langholm, dumfriesshire, scotland.

Domestic Goose gosling enjoying his greens :-)

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