Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Door - Stornoway Harbour

Door - Stornoway Harbour, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Another shot from last weeks trip to Stornoway - and I'm back there next Tuesday (note to self - book ticket). I always am fascinated by photographing door and windows, and this caught my eye as I walked past a CalMac shed on old Stornoway Pier.

Great light and lines.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Snapped in Argyll Street Glasgow - I love the juxtaposition of arms.

This was one of those moments when I realised that I had turned into a photographer. I was walking along Argyll street, heading up to a work do at the Celtic Connections festival when I saw this. Now my camera was in my computer bag/rucksack - on my back - so within about 30 secs I had taken the bag off, pulled out the camera, switch it on, focused, realised that the light was so bad that in automatic mode it would use flash, switched to a manual setting and grabbed the shot.

And she never realised I had taken a photo.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Reflections in Stornoway Harbour

Reflections in Stornoway Harbour, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Snapped between the snow showers

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Magnus second home - Strathpuffer 2007

Well, we have had just over a week to recover from the Tuffer Puffer, and my sleep patterns almost seem normal. Looking back in retrospect, the lads did incredibly well, coming fourth, and it seems that Magnus rode the third fastest lap - not bad for a 15 year old up against some of the best endurance cyclists around.

I like this shot - taken at the end of that first lap - as it captures a little of the horrors that the next 24 hours would bring......

Monday, January 22, 2007

Clouds and mist

Clouds and mist, originally uploaded by ccgd.

27th December 2005 - looking west from the MTB track at Learnie on the Black Isle.

Very strange clouds and mist. We were all up helping build the Black Trail at Learnie that day, and Gary Williamson had taken his paraglider.

I took a great set of him flying, and this most unusual shot looking west.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Ruth messing up my landscape shot

Ruth messing up my landscape shot, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Or not as you may think.

Coldbackie October 06.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Sun Circle

Sun Circle, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The Cromarty Firth in July.

With the wind, rain and snow we have been having the past wee while, its nice to look back a summer photo....

Monday, January 15, 2007

The Thousand Yard Stare

The Thousand Yard Stare, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Scottish Cycling's Neil Walker - the boys Performance Coach - was a solo rider - yes 24 hours on a bike - in the Strathpuffer. He led most of the later half, and eventually came third.

This was taken at 1:30 in the morning......

The whole event turned out as billed - the Tougher Puffer. Despite that the lads - racing as the Young Ones had an outstanding performance.

They came fourth - yes fourth.

For four 14 and 15 year old lads to come fourth in such an event is remarkable. In fact they were third for the first half of the race - and even managed to get as high as second - before a number of mechanical problems cost them a bit of time. After that their youth started to show.

The conditions were seriously bad - driving rain, hail, snow and gale forth winds. The rain caused the track to form the consistancy of fine sand paper, and brake pads only lasted 2-3 laps.

We started with eight bikes for four riders. Even after major middle of the night repairs, only three were left, and Magnus's packed up just as he started his final lap....

Friday, January 12, 2007

Getting Ready to Go

Getting Ready to Go, originally uploaded by ccgd.

January 2006 - the middle of the night, -4 Celcius and Ewan gets ready to go out on a two hour stint, supported by his Dad Dave.

Yes that was the easy Strathpuffer, but this weekend is the Tougher Puffer.

Wet, windy, then snowy, then cold then very cold.

and no moon.

Magnus, Ewan, Mark and Kenta are riding the UK's toughest endurance MTB event this weekend. The first three, along with Hamish Creber rode the first Strathpuffer last year - and came an amazing 12th out of 114 teams.

Not bad for a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds.

Well Hamish has now graduated to the GB Olympic development squad, so his place is take by Kenta Gallagher from Inverness. They are 14 and 15 now, all in the Scotland Youth team, supported by the Braveheart Cycling Fund, and to be blunt are the best U 16 MTB's to be found in Scotland.

So they should do OK. In fact their coach has this down as a training weekend.

How I will manage after 36 hours on my feet? I'll let you know Monday.

Footsteps in the sand

Footsteps in the sand, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Amazing winter colours in the sand on Cromarty Beach - old red standstone rocks ground back down to plain old red sand......

Monday, January 08, 2007

Blue on Blue

Blue on Blue, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The bow of the Peedie Lass, against a winter Highland Sky.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Transocean Wildcat

Transocean Wildcat, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The last rig in the Firth, currently surrounded by small vessels as she prepares to move on station for the first time in years.

Lit by the morning sun.

Saturday, January 06, 2007


straw, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Black Isle - Ross-shire

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Magnus and Hugh Miller

Magnus and Hugh Miller, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The lad is representing Scotland at the British Cyclocross champs in Southhampton at the weekend. Here he is practising under the Statue of Hugh Miller in Cromarty.

Uncropped and unedited snap from me - this is how I caught it.

I love my new camera........

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Happy New Year

From four of the five Davidson's - Magnus was at his pals on the other side of the Black Isle.

Having a wee drink while waiting for the bells - which in our case sound from the East Kirk, and the Courthouse, on either side of our house. Willie Hogg and others can be seen ringing the bell in this photo

We had a fun night, and relatively sober, and the boys were pretty good as well. Out and about around the town, caught up with lots of friends, and received enough invites for today to ensure that it will be late before we are in our beds today as well.