Having feasted my eyes on the large canvas prints adorning the walls (and perhaps partaken of a slice of cake and a coffee!), it's back down to earth with a bump when reviewing my own bumbling images.
The best gadget in my photography toolbox is Luck, followed closely by Being in the right place at the right time.
These two valuable "skills" complement my other attributes of Hopeless camera shake and General cluelessness as to what constitutes a good photo. Whilst Our Lass is always on hand to offer advice, sometimes the action is a bit quick and there's no time to make use of her sage counsel.
So here's a few of my "nearly" shots...
|Arctic Tern on our first Westray evening|
|Fulmar on North Ronaldsay (taken when laid on the golf course with the bird zooming 3 feet over our heads)|
|Our Lass modelling her "Thrift and Rock" camouflage on Noup Head.|
|Marsh Marigold by the Burn O' Cheor, near Letto Sands|
|A dull day improved greatly by an Arctic Tern on Ness of Tuquoy|
|The diminutive Scottish Primrose on maritime heath, Aikerness|
|A similarly height-challenged Dwarf Willow on maritime heath, Aikerness|
|Seaweed-eating sheep on North Ronaldsay|
|Common Tern fishing in the Loch of Stenness|