Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ghosts in the commute

Ghosts in the commute, originally uploaded by ccgd.

I'm back in Copenhagen for meetings and a project planning session with my colleagues from Sweden, Finland and Iceland.

Copenaghen is nice, but boy is it gray and dark............

I know its January, but I've never been in the city when its been sunny.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Yellow sun takeoff

Yellow sun takeoff, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A Loganair Saab 340 taxi's out for takeoff at Inverness Airport, under a winter dusk.

So Loganair are now to be a FlyBe franchise, rather than BA.


I'll wait and see.

But I have applied for a Fly Be Frequent Flyer Card.

West Iceland sunrise revisited

West Iceland sunrise revisited, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Sunrise in September in West Iceland - I found this shot on the hard drive and re-worked it slightly.

And those mountains look so like Ben Loyal.

SH 500

SH 500, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Fishing vessel on the stocks - Kevlavik - Iceland

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The war of the worlds

The war of the worlds, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A crane a Dundee Harbour, although I think it will be unlikely ever to unload a ship again - all new waterfront flats.

Very nice they are too, but will the crane survive as a piece of abstract sculpture, or will it be removed as it blocks the view?

Monday, January 21, 2008

Martian cyclist

martian cyclist, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Not my usual shot, but when marshaling at the Strathpuffer on Saturday I was playing about with alternative takes on night shots.

I quite like this one.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Thousand Yard Stare

The Thousand Yard Stare, originally uploaded by ccgd.

and now I'm off to marshal at the Strathpuffer - the worlds stupidiest Bike race - 24 hours of non stop endurance cycling.

In January,

In the the Scottish Highlands.

Makes for good pics though.....

This is Scottish Cycling's Neil Walker - the boys Performance Coach last year - who 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......

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Heathrow sunburst

Heathrow sunburst, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The news that a BA 777 crash landed at Heathrow today comes as a bit of a shock to those of us who are regular fliers with BA, on 777's out of Heathrow. Well I'm not that regular but at least 3 times this year on trips to the East Coast of the US.

However the fact that everyone survived - only six minor injuries - and the evacuation was straightforward and there was no panic does give comfort.

But you always wonder - how would I react if I was on that flight.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

At the start of a five hour ride

At the start of a five hour ride, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Magnus's training schedule calls for long rides at the weekends, here he is at the start of a five hour ride around Easter Ross, just before Christmas. As a parent you always worry about him being out on the road, even the quiet roads around the Black Isle.

Well the perils of road cycling just took on a nightmarish quality.

Last night we heard the tragic news that Fort Wlliam based Jason Macintyre - one of Scotlands top cyclists - had been killed when training near his home. Its headline news on the radio this morning, and we just received this e-mail from Gary Willis - Magnus's coach.

"Jason MacIntyre, one of our Affiliate athletes was killed yesterday on a training ride near his home in Ft William.

Jason was an amazingly talented athlete and lived 100% for his racing and his family. I raced with him for around 5 years, we started racing together in first year as senior and taught me a lot about being a bike rider, a lot of that info I am still passing on to you guys.

Jason was supposed to come down and ride with the junior guys at the innerleithen camp a few weeks ago, unfortunately his bike broke over the new year. He was disappointed he couldn’t make it as he was really keen to meet all you younger riders coming through and help, as he put it, "if he could"

He was training for the Olympics in Beijing, something he had kept close to his chest. He was just a lad from the highlands that found he could compete with David Miller, Bradley Wiggens et al. That was such a motivation for him to compete on the world stage, an opportunity he never had a young athlete.

Most of you probably never met Jason, but as part of our programme he will be dearly missed, he was a leading light on what can be achieved if you put your mind to it. I hope we can all strive to go that extra mile to challenge the best in the world, I'm sure he would have liked that!



Gary Willis
National Olympic Talent Coach
Scotland "

So all of you who read this blog, please remember that a cyclist could be just around that next bend, and drive carefully.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Sutor Creek

Sutor Creek, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The weather has been fascinating over the past month or so. Its been cold, frosty, some rain, then cold and frosty. There has been lost of snow on the hills, and the skiing is great.

We are having a proper winter again. It's quite remarkable. The mild warm westerly airstreams that have marked winters for the past 10 years are remarkable by their absence.

Of course now I have written this it will turn mild and wet, thereby ruining my argument, but you know what I mean. It’s a proper winter.

No snow in the town yet, but an interesting business interview with Colin at Sutor Creek in Vicky Brocks Highland Business research blog.

Monday, January 14, 2008

London Eye

London Eye, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Flying in to Heathrow from Brussels last April.

We may all complain about Heathrow, and most of it is more than justified, but its location does mean that you get the most spectacular views of Central London when on the final approach.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Cromarty East Church in the snow

Cromarty East Church in the snow, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The snow seems to have missed Cromarty, so here is one of the east Church from March 06.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

RE 200

RE 200, originally uploaded by ccgd.

A Trawler in Reyjkavik Harbour, in the evening sun.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Iberian Cat

Iberian Cat, originally uploaded by ccgd.

One from the archives - Orgiva Spain 2006

The reflections are from waves in the swimming pool - which are called Caustics, I believe.

I'm not a cat person, but this one is pleasing.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Sutor morning 2008

Sutor morning 2008, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Even though we are well past the Solstice, sunrise in Cromarty is still not evident until nearly 10:00 am. Its the fault of the Sutor which blocks the sun from the east (well south of east at this time of the year), but does give us great gloaming shots.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Cromarty Bay

Cromarty Bay, originally uploaded by ccgd.

The wind has been from the east the past few days, making the beach at the links bitterly cold, and creating quite large breakers (well for Cromarty!) on the sand.

Conversely the beach in front of the Royal Hotel and Bayview is quiet and peaceful, just the place for a stone throwing with your Dad as the sun sets in the west.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The last rays of 2007

The last rays of 2007, originally uploaded by ccgd.

Sunset - after the rain - on the 31st December.

Happy New Year..................