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Autumn arrives in the Borders

Well, the promised heatwave lasted but a couple of days in Scotland ( does anyone else recall high pressure systems that USED to be above us for weeks on end? ) but it was long enough to allow yours truly a smashing morning in Border country - AND a real bonus on the journey home later in the day. As so often happens with a sunrise after a warmish night, the first light of the new day was hazy, so the planned "pic of the day"  (Kirkhope Tower in the Ettrick Valley ) did not quite come off. Neither did the next one ( Yarrow Water and the Gordon Arms Inn on the Selkirk to Moffat road ) but they set the tone for a cracking couple of hours. St. Mary's Loch was beautifully flat as I parked the car below James Hogg's statue but, as luck would have it, the first whispers of wind were rippling the surface of the water as I reached my preferred vantage point beyond the sailing club HQ just ten minutes later. Thus the delays at sunrise over at Ettrickbridge probably cost me a couple of great pics, although the views across the loch on a glorious morning were beautiful - especially as autumn colours were beginning to make their mark. After wending my way over the hill to Traquair and, thence, to Peebles, however, a snap decision to have a look at the Tweed at Manor Bridge from the wee road out of the "back" of Peebles was WELL worth the effort - a lovely scene. With visibility now not that great for "long" shots, I decided to head northwards and, after some business was done in Falkirk, elected to take the more circuitous A9 route home and call in at Gleneagles to see if autumn was making its mark. GOOD decision, I reckon.......see the pic attached! It had, therefore, been a pretty productive trip, though the adrenalin was not pumping quite as fast as it had been in the Great Glen the previous week; in Scotland, you can't win them all!!

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