This morning, I was reminded that there is still some snow an them thar hills so wheeled out my bike and ventured of to one of my favourite local vantage points which is ‘The Craigie’ (aka Duncarnock Fort) near Barrhead. The site has never been excavated but, as a defensive point, may date from the Iron-Age ( 1st century AD).

With local roads now almost clear of snow I was able to travel easily. However, the hills and farmland still retain good coverings of snow. With the air temperature at or below zero, I was able to walk on top of the snow cover (as opposed to sinking into it), an experience which proved quite exhilarating when augmented by the bright sunlight reflecting off the snow crystals.

The 204m high elevation of The Craigie afforded a superb platform for photographing Glasgow and Paisley, reflecting the winter sunlight against backdrop of the snow covered Kilpatrick Hills and Campsie Fells, It was also possible to catch a glimpse of Ben Lomond in the distance.

To supplement the still images, here is a video clip of the vista.

Tours: Elsewhere, I have been busy with tour enquiries and am very close to finalising a short Highlands for later this month. Provided the weather holds we should obtain some great images of the Scottish Highlands in winter.

GlasgowAncestry Blog: This separate blog is now attracting some useful (favourable) comments and feedback, which is nice. Today I photographed Barrhead War Memorial. In this town the loss of life was high: WW1 about 300 casualties and WW2 about 150. There were 27 WW1 names beginning just beginning with letters A and B which I have posted today.

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