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Another winter almost over? Well, maybe.......!!

It is really hard to believe that almost five months have flown by since we were putting the clocks back to herald the imminent arrival of winter. In contrast to 2010/2011, when snow blanketed the country for long spells, there have been very few "Christmas card" images created by Mother Nature - at least in our part of Scotland. Nevertheless, there were some lovely frosty mornings and I took advantage of a couple for winter golf course pics for future editions of the calendars. January and February, however, were notable for the absence of stunning potential reflections of seasonal winter weather; March, on the other hand, produced a couple of lovely mornings. A return trip to Slains Castle, just north of Cruden Bay, was especially rewarding, as was a walk up Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, to catch a lovely shot of Murrayfield golf course and the city skyline on a cracking day. ( See the attached.....)

The plans for 2012 photographic adventures have all been laid, of course. I am especially looking forward to re-visiting Barra, Eriskay and the Uists, the lovely island of Lismore in the Firth of Lorne, a hike up Criffel ( south of Dumfries ) which I have threatened to do for some years now, while Glenlivet, Glen Affric, Balquhidder, Glen Tilt and Torridon are also on the "to do" list, weather and seasonal timings permitting. In addition to these, I have provisionally booked another aerial adventure from Scone with my trusty pilot Peter Malone, in the hope that a better morning of weather ( by comparison to the October one that should NOT be difficult! ) will permit the photographing of the Angus Glens and - perhaps - the Bell Rock lighthouse if time permits. On golf course photography, I hope to visit Cawder, Whitecraigs, Cathkin Braes, Blairgowrie, Broomieknowe, Monktonhall, Grantown on Spey, Abernethy and Kirkcaldy, among others, as the search for some more "WOW"  images from our wealth of venues continues apace. Having just seen the proofs of the 2013 calendars ( yes, 2013 calendars already!! ), I'll have my work cut out to match the quality of many of the images selected for inclusion in these forthcoming editions......they look superb.

The hope is, therefore, that our unique Scottish weather and light will again provide the opportunities to reward this intrepid photographer on his next series of wonderful journeys around the country. There will be highlights, disappointments and - if this year is no different to previous ones - also the odd breathtaking, unexpected "colour bonanza" for which Scotland is renowned. As the days now clearly start to lengthen, the anticipation and potential excitement is already building.....

Donald Ford

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