For each year I have selected one favourite image. This is actually quite tricky as there are many photos I like. My favourites tend to be of special places and I notice many of them are linked to the sea.
There is also a gallery showing my most interesting photos as deemed by the flickr community.
The Beast from the East brought lots of snow to Edinburgh while the Arctic suffered from unseasonally high temperatures. Apart from many other things, 2018 is the year where the anthropogenic climate change alarm bells are constantly ringing: wild fires all over the world, floods and droughts. Maybe 2018 will become the year when we finally got our act together to tackle climate change.
One of my most favourite subjects are insects: butterflies, beetles, flies, spiders and any other wee beastie that I can get. Over the last few years I noticed that I managed to take fewer pictures of insects in Scotland than before. Then, there was the news that over the last 25 years 3/4 of flying insects disappeared in Germany. It is crazy, we are walking with open eyes into disaster.
The Grain Elevator and Warehouse is situated in the Leith Docks. It is an iconic industrial building dating from the first half of the 20th century. Operations stopped relatively recently in 2006. Like many iconic but disused industrial buildings it is under thread to be demolished. It is now on the buildings at risk register. I would so love to get inside to take some photos.
Edinburgh is a beautiful place and Calton Hill offers a great view. The position of the rising sun around the summer solistice illuminates the Old Town beautifuly. I had this shot and a panorama planned for quite some time. So, early rise and cycle up the hill. It was well worth it.
A close-up shot of a striped shield bug (Graphosoma lineatum) on a dill flower, its most favourite source of food. I really liked the strong patterns of the dill flower and the bright instect.
The Edinburgh Castle is an iconic landmark. I remember taking this shot very well: on one of the few shopping trips to that part of town I noticed the fantastic late afternoon winter sun on the castle. I decided to go back with camera gear at the next opportunity. I was nearly too impatient but the sun did pop out.
Flowers in a field in South Germany. This picture summarises what my idea of summer is: Beautiful meadows, green forrests and blue skies, full of insect wild life. Always looking forward to our annual trip to South Germany.
The volcano Eyjafjallajökull errupts on Iceland and disrupts international air travel. It also brought some nice sun sets to Scotland. This photo was taken on April 15th 2010 from Holyrood Park.
In 2009 we moved back to Edinburgh and I upgraded my little Canon Ixus 430 to a Olympus e420 dSLR. This photo is from one of my first outings with the new camera to the Falkirk Wheel.
Slains Castle overlooks the North Sea from a cliff top near Cruden Bay in Aberdeenshire. It's a fantastic place and apparently an inspiration to Bram Stoker's Dracula novel.
Castle Ardvreck stands on the shores of Loch Assynt in the North West Highlands. Loch Assynt is probably one of my most favourite parts of Scotland. I think this picture captures the essence of the Highlands - glorious wilderness and ruined castles by the water.