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Snow Plough at work

This morning I ventured out in a heavy snowstorm. As will be evident from images, roads were affected. Glasgow Airport was closed for a short while. However, the conditions provided some useful photo opportunities, with some families taking the opportunity for sledging. These conditions are relatively infrequent.

In course of next few days it is likely that temperatures will rise and the snow disappear.

Children sledging

Snowbound suburban street

Part frozen pond with bird life

Waterfall in winter

Dog walker in the snow.

Woodland scene

Woodland scene

Park scene

Sheep in winter, at Killin

Today, I took the opportunity to visit Perthshire in central Scotland, about 2 hours from Glasgow.

Trip was inspired by unusual combination of prolonged sunshine, blue skies and a landscape covered by a few feet of light, powder snow.

Overall, the conditions provided superb photographic opportunities, as illustrated herein. Subjects included Castle Menzies, sheep, mountains, River Tay and Loch Tay.

Sheep in winter at Dalguise

Snow Road at Dalguise

Fishing Beat on River Tay near Dalguise

Castle Menzies, Weem

Ben Lawers Hotel replete with Snowman

Central Loch Tay

Snow covered mountains

Loch Tay in Winter, from Killin

Killin in Winter

Snow covered mountains at Killin

Launching Skiff at Badentarbat Bay, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the community based activity of coastal rowing which has experienced strong growth following original boat design in 2009 at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife.

The boat is supplied in kit form, using plywood and larch, from a small workshop in East Wemyss, Fife. Inspiration for the design originated in the Fair Isle, an island off the north of Scotland situated equidistant between Orkney and Shetland.

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed in 2010 since when about 190 St Ayles Skiffs have been built. The skiffs facilitate community involvement across a range of skills such as building, rowing (leisure of competitively), project management, fitness and fund-raising.

The skiffs have proved popular with coastal villages and communities around the U.K. and parts of U.S., Australia, South Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Regattas and rowing championships attract large numbers of competitors.

Video clip of sea-going Skiff at Cromarty, Black Isle, Scotland