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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Friday, 7 March 2014

SNOW FALLS UP. (07/03/14)

Heavy rain and strong winds again greeted the dawn. I had to take the dogs out so wrapped up and walked down the loch. It wasn’t too bad once I got used to it. The dogs enjoyed the run and got really excited when the rain turned to snow.

My newspaper arrives on the bus at ten fifteen. It is generally a very reliable service, I have had to put up with the Times and the Guardian a couple of times but that is a small price to pay for free delivery._V0G8257The path from the van to the shop where the bus drops the papers off. It pays to be on time as he leaves them in a plastic bag at the side of the road. I was late once and it took the best part of a day to dry the paper out. I thought it might be a good day as the sun was shining and the wind had dropped.

_V0G8268   By eleven all was back to normal. The snow isn’t settling it’s about 3oC and the ground is quite warm.

_V0G8271    It is not continuous but squally and it goes as dark as hades. Not nice at all but the Chaffinch seem to be able to cope. I wish I could find a camera operator as the birds only hop to the top of the feeder whilst I’m topping up. I would like a shot of a Chaffinch perched on my shoulder like Long John Silver’s Parrot.

_V0G8267     Snow falling up. I noticed that it was doing it in all the pictures today. I must be losing the plot. I switched the strobe to second curtain.

_V0G8275    Not much difference. The wind had become storm force and was swirling the damn snow everywhere. Maximum wind speed today is recorded on my Maplin weather station as 46.3mph.

Tomorrow morning I will have to catch the bus into Aviemore then in the afternoon I’m taking some snaps of Riverman Rod. A singer and superb instrumentalist. I have checked strobe batteries, sorted out the Pocket Wizards and found the tilty bit that fits on my light stand. It turned up in the cutlery draw………Don’t ask because I don’t know either. I’ve also managed to clean the worst of the muck from the soft box I only use it for fungi in the autumn and it picks up no end of muck.

Have a great weekend.

30 comments:

  1. I'd also like to see a Chaffinch on your shoulder that would be funny, Or maybe a New Zealand Robin (you'll have to google it)

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    1. Douglas, I would have as much chance with the New Zealand Robin but the Chaffinch is a better looking bird.

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  2. Nasty bit of snow, well, I don't like it. Great photos Adrian.

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    1. Bob, this wet snow is the worst of all.

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  3. You have bad luck Adrian but the weather gets better, have a good weekend.

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    1. Bas, it's not luck it is just weather. You have a good weekend.

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  4. I'm sure you could find a willing and able young assistant to take your Long John Silver shot for you Adrian?
    Love that upwards falling(?) snow.
    Just seen the weather guesser on the TV and while we bask in an 18° heatwave down here I'm afraid it looks like more snow and rain for you over the weekend...another soggy newspaper?...take care!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, the lass that lives in the caravan would spend the time but she has gone away somewhere.
      I should have used a couple of strobes and bumped the shutter speed up.
      The weather is not looking good. I feel like hibernating.

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  5. We've had more than enough snow around here but your photos make it look so magical.

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    1. Hilary, it has hardly settled here all winter. There is more than they know what to do with on the hill. They'll be skiing till June.

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  6. Have a good photo session. I had a quick look and listen on RRs web site.
    Natty trick that - rising snow!
    Camera set looking at feeders. Arduino set up and programmed to take frequent shots. Seed on shoulder. Wooden leg. Get a Long John Silver photo. See. Simple when you know how ;)

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    1. John, he is good.
      I daren't leave the camera in this weather. I am set up for time lapse when I get the chance. The birds here are very tame. I suspect it is the lack of domestic cats. I sometimes wish I had a wooden leg. Mine gives me some gyp in this damp weather.

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  7. Your pictures tell the tale. I am now thankful for our weather here. I dislike wind and cold wind is just intolerable. No wonder y'all have developed a stiff upper lip.

    It's good you found the tilty bit. I've lost some stuff. I'll look in the cutlery drawer.

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    1. David, the wind is the worst bit. I spend my life looking for things I've put in a safe place.
      The lip isn't so much stiff as frozen.

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  8. Hang on, I thought you were heading for Skye - or is that next week? If you made one of your dogs into a hat you wouldn't look like Long John Silver v- you'd look like Davy Crockett.

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    1. YP, it is Tuesday next week with a stop or two. I may delay my departure a week as we are promised a good high pressure system this coming week.
      The dogs have been threatened with conversion to hat and mitts but it makes no difference.

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  9. Excelentes fotografias....
    Cumprimentos

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  10. You've done a good job with the wind and the snow. It makes me feel cold.

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    1. Red, it isn't cold just damp and chilly. I don't mind cold and dry.

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  11. No snow for us this year (so far), and very little cold weather. We are not frost-free until mid-May, so maybe nature still has something nasty up her sleeve!

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    1. Cro, I enjoy a month or so of cold dry weather. This interminable wind and rain is soul destroying.

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  12. You have snow falling up, and we have glorious sunshine (oh dear. I sound like GB...)

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    1. Frances, the snow goes up because I'm a Muppet. GB likes straight out of camera and hot weather, he's a bit nesh.

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  13. Those are some great pics during snowfall. I like the big snowflakes. Works well in black and white too.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, thanks but not great. I could not freeze the snow. Probably a good job it wasn't rain as that is faster.

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  14. Has captado una buena nevada. Aquí parece que cambie el tiempo. Hace muy bueno;)
    Un abrazo

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    1. Laura, que se derretía cuando golpeó la tierra. Es bueno o yo habría estado cavando.

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    1. Maria, at long last we have what looks like being a cloudless day.

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