Corrie Fee in the Cairngorms

As a geography degree holder, a trip to the Corrie Fee reserve was a must and it took me 3 attempts to find it (usually the problem was that some paths were closed due to tree felling).

The walk takes you along a 2-3 mile wide forestry track to the ‘amphitheatre of glacial landscape’ as it is called in visitscotland website.

Least to say, it did not disappoint. Erratics, moraine, cliffs, meandering river, deeply cut post-glacial valley – must make a good field trip for a geography lesson.

 

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Cammo Estate in Edinburgh

Cammo Estate is a place that enchants in all seasons. Located in the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh, it is an abandoned estate that was partly destroyed in fire, partly demolished.

Every time you visit it, you discover something new. I am particularly fond of the Cammo Tower, which used to be a water tower powered by wind. However, you want to think that it was a mysterious hideout or a folly tower…

Recent autumn walk with the Strollers did not disappoint. The route led from the old Cramond Brig by the river Almond through the estate and back. Magical…

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Almondell

Although Livingston is not the most beautiful place in the world, it has some hidden gems and beauty spots. One of those is Almondell Country park, offering a variety of activities, walking, barbecuing, picnicking, horse riding etc. Good for a short outing and a good couple of hours walk. Beautiful wooded area with Almond river through. I took my walking pals here a couple of times. It was beautiful in spring, great in late summer. Hope I will catch it with the foliage changing colours.

The walk was almost 6 miles long, took us just under 3 hours.

Dalmeny to Craigie walk

Lisa from the Strollers group took us on a walk from Dalmeny to Craigie Farm and back. Dalmeny is a small village not far away from South Queensferry. One of its attractions is the church dating from 12th century. Most people would visit the Dalmeny estate, a beautiful mansion located on the Firth of the Forth.

This time, however, we went through the woods, passing an abandoned farm, up the Craigie Hill to the farm. The farm features a big deli shop and also allows you to come and pick your own fruit. I had a taste of their cherries and they were magnificent. For this reason, it was mobbed with kids and their parents. You also have a chance to see some farm animals and take a short ride on a helicopter. The cafe is also magnificent.

Because I love the Forth bridges, I took a short detour to South Queensferry for a short walk down the beach to take photos of them.

The whole walk was about 5 miles and it was a nice afternoon despite the heavy clouds.

My tree alley in Balerno

I follow a couple (well… dozens of) photographers in various social networking sites and they will always give you ideas of places to see or share some inspiration. Or more often, make you jealous that they got somewhere before I did.

This is how I found out about this beautiful alley of old trees. All I knew was that it was somewhere in Balerno (which is quite close to where I live). So when an opportunity presented itself to join a group for a walk there, I did not hesitate. I kept asking everybody if they knew where ‘my alley’ was and we got there! To my group’s amusement, I was most excited that I found this beautiful spot.

Today I persuaded a friend to go there to capture ‘my alley’ with lush green fresh leaves.

Beautiful as ever…

SpringĀ 

I love the spring colours. The unique shade of fresh green leaves. The May blossom. Larch’s new needles. 

Although lilac is not very popular in Scotland I’ve seen some trees scattered around Edinburgh….

I miss lilies of the valley with their intoxicating sweet smell… But Scotland boasts tremendous bluebell forests. I guess you can’t have it all. 

And of course horse chestnut blossom which announces the school exams in Poland. 

Shame it just lasts a moment…