Monday, 26 October 2015

A Glasgow Autumn.

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As autumn is in full swing at the moment across the UK I thought I'd do an autumnal collection to celebrate my 400th post on this blog. It's always better if you can get autumn colours damp for a photograph as they stand out more. October is perfect for this as cold mornings at this time of year often produce mist inversions over the city. Glasgow sits in a flat bowl surrounded by hill ranges so it tends to attract this phenomenon, as do other parts of the world with a similar geological set up and the right mix of temperatures colliding. Add in a few dozen drumlins which sometimes stick out the mist blanket, or tower blocks on slopes poking above into bright sunshine, and you have a perfect combination for natural magic happening.
Power lines descending into the city below from the higher surrounding hills to the north. I stopped off at a local supermarket to buy a quick breakfast, some tasty treats for a friend afterwards, and bumped into someone with a very expensive camera around his neck bemoaning the fact that "there was nothing worth photographing in this murk all weekend and that he might as well go home and take the kids to the pictures."
As I'm all for father's spending quality time with their children on Sunday's I didn't make the competition any the wiser. Besides, I don't want my favourite locations getting too popular. Luckily, my blog is mainly visited by Americans and Russians these days, judging by the stats info, so any obscure tiny lay-bys I favour remain empty.

According to the weather forecast the thick mist would burn off by lunchtime over the city so I hung around the high land just above the mist level before dropping down slowly as it lifted. Cattle grazing in fields above Milngavie.
A silver kingdom awaited with spider webs illuminated by the rising sun plainly visible like never before, covered in early morning dew.
Autumn seen through a spider web wonderland of hanging droplets. Each a tiny looking glass.
Spider craft at work.
A misty view over Bearsden. Towers and Ravens.
A grey Squizzell. Companion to the Jabberwocky. Well...It was a Lewis Carroll and Alice sort of day.
By lunchtime, as the BBC Met office witches and warlocks had predicted, with their weather science, spells and charts, it was a beautiful day and the autumn colours now sparked like dew dipped diamonds in the sunshine. A perfect time for colour capture. The mist in the valleys had either dissipated or climbed upwards to the higher slopes.
So it was down to the parks for me to get some photos before the leaves dried out. Like wet pebbles collected on a beach they are never as vivid once they dry out, brought back home, then placed on a shelf or even in a water filled jar. True magic is like that sometimes. Setting is everything.
Clydebank with the mist rising over the Kilpatrick Hills.
Autumn glory and time for tea with my Alice. Appropriately, maple syrup and pecan nut pastries in this instance. Three each. With Savage Peculiar indeed.
View over The Wood of Knights.
The Golden Highway into Glasgow.
Mushrooms for tea... or maybe not. Well... I see enough strange creatures wandering this realm in daylight already.
The Hill. Wood of Knights. Glasgow in Autumn.

Kate and Miranda R with some more witch craft from the early 1990s.


Linda W. said...

Happy 400th post! I enjoyed seeing all your fall colors.

blueskyscotland said...

Cheers Linda,
It was a fairly unpredictable autumn this year. All the best colours arrived late on, almost into November. Makes the winter seem shorter though which can't be bad.

Lux G. said...

Gotta love fall. :)

Ian Johnston said...

Great observation Bob - nothing to photograph on a murky day eh?!


blueskyscotland said...

Hi Lux G,
Yes, a last splash of colour before the long months of darkness,rain and snow.

blueskyscotland said...

Hi Ian,
Cheers. Mind you, until I started hill walking and witnessed my first mist inversion I thought the same when it was pea-soup conditions down in Glasgow. It's still not that easy to work out the best days for it or the best evenings for capturing sunsets.

Carol said...

Love the spiders web and dew photos!

blueskyscotland said...

Cheers Carol.
It's been a funny old autumn this year.

Kay G. said...

Great photos, as always! Love the one with the hanging droplets from the spider web!
I remember Kate Bush....Been Wunning Up That problem!! HA!

blueskyscotland said...

Thank you Kay, I'm not usually a fan of full 2 hour ballet productions but I like interesting compilations of dance moves set to music.

Douglas Wilcox said...

Hi Bob, I have had very limited internet access down on the Solway over the summer and was not able to download the photos on your blog. Now I am back in Glasgow for the winter I am catching up. This is a truly stunning collection. :o)

blueskyscotland said...

Hi Douglas,
Cheers. I now have a compact Canon for the first time and it makes a difference although I still like the speed and accessibility of the pocket variety as opposed to one you have to pull out a bag every-time or wear around your neck. Your own photos are always top quality. Hope your brother is still getting out and about and having weekend adventures.

Douglas Wilcox said...

Hi Bob, Donald is doing well, he has recently retired and done 74 Munros this year (during the week as well now). He has also been out in his inflatable boat. He too has moved from DSLR to a compact, a Sony RX100. I think he has run out of time to blog! :o)

blueskyscotland said...

Pleased to hear he's still active. A sense of purpose and a goal in life is always a great gift at any age.

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