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As some folks know from my personal page and my personal Instagram feed, I am a bit of a cloud junkie and on my ultimate to do list (something to share on my personal blog later) and my photography wishlist is to go Storm Chasing. Proper storm chasing in America. Storms don’t get big or spectacular enough in Scotland as the Lass Mass and weather systems don’t work out right here.

I have been following Mike Oblinski for a few years now, can’t quite remember how probably from a link to a blog elsewhere showing his Storm/Cloud/Weather photography. His photos are fabulous, and when he gets the time lapse going, Oh boy! Below is his latest video of time lapse storms

Breathe // An 8K storm time-lapse film from Mike Olbinski on Vimeo.

Enjoy it, I certainly did. Off to watch it again and have my breath taken away again…

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Recently I have started following @dymagate on instagram lately, mostly due to him placing decorated padlocks (that he’s done with sharpies) and their keys around Aberdeen.  He then posts some pictures of them, but not all of the ones he has done to Instagram and people like me go out and hunt them out.

Why he does it is as below (copied from one of his posts recently)

1 year ago my mum was in the depths of treatment for skin cancer. Naturally I was incredibly worried. I was still working full time in Aberdeen and driving home to the west coast 3/4 times a week. At that period in my life I was saying “i love you” more than ever before. When I couldn’t be there I became incredibly anxious. I read a thing called “turn your anxiety into creativity” the best way to feel good about yourself is to do good by others. To that end I have left over 10,000 padlocks in Aberdeen Edinburgh Glasgow Dundee and Perth with positive messages written on them and the keys attached with the hope a stranger down on their luck might find it and get a positive boost or even the inspiration to do something special for someone else. Perhaps someone who feels like there is no one who cares will find one and realise thats simply not the truth. 1 year on and the project has become so popular I’ve been sending packs to people who live in areas too far a field for me to place locks so that they too can spread the free love. So far packs have gone to Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, several US states and most recently Kenya whilst I’ve taken them to places like Italy France and Egypt.”

I haven’t found a padlock yet, but have found the stickers that he has placed round town too. I like the Owls and have the Blue “follow your <3” as my cover photo on flickr at the moment. It has opened my eyes to see the town in a new light again (it’s a bit like geo-caching but without the GPS) and I seem to have found my phojo again. Though, to be honest, it’s mostly on the phone and Instagram at the moment. Doesn’t mean to say that I have put the DSLR down, I had it with me on a trip to London last week and I’ll post about that later on this week.

So, Do something special, share the love and remember that if you think no-one cares that you are alive, miss a few bill payments….  Seriously, go out, do a good turn and share the love. This is why I am sharing this with you and if you are in Aberdeen (or some of the other places that Dymagate has been too) keep your eyes open, You never know what you might find.

Have a good weekend!

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So, this was a weekend of contrasts, cold and foggy with the haar hanging around like a bored teenager on Saturday. While the sun got his hat on and came out to play on Sunday.

I went out on Saturday evening to take some moody black & white shots, but the mist thinned out as I left the flat (typically!) but it didn’t deter me and so I got some night-time shots in.


Sunday started off hazy but the sun won the day and it was really summery, but yes, it is March! I went out to see what I could see for photo opportunities. I thought about going down to the beach but as I guessed, it was busy so decided to see if I could find any cherry blossom out.

I heard rumours (and seen a photo on Facebook) that it was out already but my usual models were being stubborn and were  not showing any sign of budding let alone flowering! Wonder if they were sulking after the brutal pruning they got last year?

I found the trees that were flowering near St.Mary’s Cathedral in the centre of town and was in the middle of taking pictures when I heard a screech that was not one of the seagulls that had been a racket as normal. I have heard this screaming before, not a little child who was not getting their way but it was a bird of prey, a peregrine.

She was a little far away to see clearly but this is what I managed to take.

And this was where she was (at least I think it was female)

It’s not the first time I have seen the peregrines out around Aberdeen and I am currently following their Manchester Cousins on Flickr and Twitter. As seen here http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcrperegrines/ and https://twitter.com/#!/mcrperegrines

Though if you want to see something closer to Aberdeen, there is the Peregrine watch up at Huntly were they have a hide with binoculars and a cctv and staff on hand to explain what is going on. More is explained here http://www.forestry.gov.uk/huntlyperegrines

So, it’s not just pigeons, seagulls and the neighbours’ cat that you can see in town, you just need to keep your eyes and ears open. What will you see???

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