Sunday 17th February
Starting bright and early three members of Fraserburgh Photographic Society, Stuart Fenty, Brian Sandison and myself together with Michelle Scott and Fiona Gordon Buchan set off on a tour of the Moray coast. Cameras, lenses, tripods , spare batteries and memory cards, clothing for any weather, and lunches were packed in the back of Stuarts five seater Mercedes van. The weather was excellent all day. The goal of the expedition was to photograph dolphins at Fort George and take in what we could on the way.
First stop was Cullen
Stuart, with help from everyone else found a spot to park that gave easy access to the Cullen Viaduct footpath. The only problem with the sunshine was the dark shadows it cast over the town.
The next stop was Boat o' Brig near Rothes. Now I know that it is inland but it was worth the detour. Stuart found it looking at Google Maps and Street View. Her two metal bridges cross the river Spey.
We stopped for lunch in Elgin. Stuart found Coopers Park. and was able to stop the van by the boating loch. Although this was just an ordinary town centre park the wildlife that it attracted made the lunch stop a photo opportunity as well. There were Mallards, Tufted Ducks, Moorhens, Mute Swans and a variety of Gulls but the star attractions were a Muscovy Duck and a Mandarin Duck. The Mandarin was so special it had made it into the local papers.
Fort George was the most disappointing part of the journey. There were no dolphins. However we took advantage of what photo opportunities there were.
Portknockie was the next and most spectacular stop. With the sun sinking fast and the light fading we made our way to the Bow Fiddle Rock. Everyone said that they would have to return and capture the atmosphere in different conditions.
And that was to be the end of the tour.... until just over Banff Bridge Stuart did a quick turn left into the car park. It was dark but he had spotted the lights of Banff across the bay and decided that this was one last chance to fill up the memory cars. By the way we did surprise a few couples in steamed up cars who were also using the car park.
And so back to the Broch and stating to plan the next photographic tour?
My apologies to Michelle Scott for doing this blog before I have got her images. I will post them when I can.
Here are some other images I took since the last posting.
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society