Posting this photo for three reasons:

* it is a great photo
* amazing personal bravery
* Sanjay Hegde

August Landmesser
Blohm+Voss shipyard
Hamburg, Germany, 1936.

Jimmy McGrory is probably the most extraordinary footballer Scotland has ever (will ever) produce.

During his career (1922-38) he scored 538 goals in 534 appearances. Included in that tally was 56 hat-tricks, one was a double, when he scored 8 goals against Dunfermline.

For some inexplicable reason he never translated his club success into international appearances. He only played for Scotland seven times, but still managed 6 goals.

15th Scottish Division.
First Battle of the Odon, 1944.
Caen, Normandy, France.

Something about this photo tells me that, despite the misty conditions, and the camouflage gear, the enemy are going know you are in the area. Just a hunch.

This fantastic photo immediately made me think of Joan of Arc. The central figure (holding the Saltire shield) is Scottish independence activist Laura Marsh (AKA Alba Laura).

The photo was taken on a street, somewhere in Catalonia, by Marc Puig i Pérez. The gathering was part of a rally in support of the Catalan political prisoners.

Princes Street, Edinburgh, 1930s.
* The North British Railway Hotel (incl. Balmoral Clock tower)
* Waverley Gardens (station underneath)
* North Bridge
* Calton Hill (in the distance)

I've been trying to photograph this particular tree for years, and never manage to get the timing right.

Common Ash - Uinnseann - Fraxinus Excelsior

This tree is isolated, & the early autumn yellow makes it stand out against the greens & red of the hillside. The Ash tree leaves go from pale green, to yellow, & then fall off, within the space of 2-3 days. To-night there was a near gale, & half the leaves had blown off already.

Maybe next year...

In my previous post Neachdainn was right-adjusted in the frame, but he is looking right. Is that why the photo is less satisfying? I don't think so, as I have some photos where he looks left, and I still find them less satisfying.

Here is another photo from the set. Again, Neachdainn is left adjusted in the frame, and he is looking right. This also means there is a catchlight in his eye. Is that a sub-concious consideration?


I took several portrait photographs of on Saturday. I posted one photo already:

Some of the photos have Neachdainn right adjusted in the frame, instead of left. For some reason I find these photos less satisfying. Is it because I have a right-handed bias? Is it a cultural thing because I am used to using left-to-right writing? Something else? I don't know.

Photos from to-day's

* sitting on a bollard
* Cobweb highlighted by dew in the sunshine
* Trees reflected in the canal
* Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) on a dead beech stump

Photos from to-day's

* Oh buoy, oh buoy, oh buoy.
* More exclamations, more authority
* Water lillies (Nymphaeaceae)
* Giant rhubarb (Gunnera manicata)

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