Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Traveling Scotland

Sunrise over Loch Lomond
Thanks to a visit from my brother and sister I had an excuse to go and explore some more of Scotland. After the, in the mean time almost obligatory, stay at the Oak Tree Inn we drove past Kilchurn Castle and Glencoe to the island of Mull. Here we stayed at a cottage in the middle of nowhere for a few days.
Sunset at the beach in Calgary, Mull
The secluded tranquillity of the location (and resulting reduced light pollution), together with two clear nights, gave an absolutely spectacular view of the stars and the milky way. The journey back included a detour via the Glenfinnan Viaduct and a stop for some tasty pub grub in Pitlochry. Unsurprisingly, my camera and tripod were along for the trip as well... (click here to see the full album)
The night sky from in front of our cottage (Aird Cottage)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Fireworks over St Andrews

Well, so far I have missed the fireworks display of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship which takes places in St Andrews once a year. This time I managed (a nice little break from essay writing), however I decided that instead of going to the golf course from where they were being launched, I would try and capture town with the fireworks from up on the costal path leading away from east sands. It turns out, it was actually worth the hike....

You can see all the pictures I took on the night (or at least the ones which turned out ok) here: St Andrews at night

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sailing on the Tay

A fantastic Sunday afternoon of sailing on the river Tay. Follow the link to my album: Sailing on the Tay 2014 for more pictures.


Monday, 1 September 2014

China 2014

Now then. A little two week trip to Shanghai - yes please. Thank you very much to the Shanghai Open University for organising the 2014 International Student Exchange Program. It was an absolutely unforgettable experience. There are hundreds (well actually thousands) of pictures. These are just a little taster. A more detailed selection of mine can be found here: China 2014

Friday, 11 July 2014

Sunset in St Andrews

Time for a few more pictures. These are from the famous pier with the sun setting over St Andrews.

On my way back home, I just had to stop to take this one of St Salvator’s Chapel.

Finally, this was a few days later. Now at first glance the picture is completely unremarkable. This however is a weather phenomena known as noctilucent clouds. Looking through the kitchen window, I saw some really bright clouds in the sky. It was fairly dark outside and these clouds somehow looked strange in contrast. So I decided to take a "snap shot" before going to off bed. Truth be told, I forgot about the pictures on my camera till I was reading an article on the news a few days later explaining that these clouds had been happening. Next time I guess I will have to go out for some proper pictures...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Aurora Borealis

Ok, well there also was a reason for me blogging again. In fact, it is for one of the main reasons I had started it in the first place – pictures. These long exposure shots of the Aurora Borealis were taken on the evening of the 27th of February 2014 from the end of the pier in St Andrews, Scotland. (Click on the images to view them in full size)


Time for an update...

So apparently I took some time out. Graduated from St Andrews and am now in the process of finishing the last module so that I can also get my MBA from the Open University. Good that the internet never forgets anything, so I will just continue the blog from here (but won't make any promises as to how frequently...).