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Ross Bay? Now....where is that again?

Putting Ross Bay into my 2013 "wish list" in January was easy. Quite apart from the natural, unspoilt beauty of the area, I always enjoy visiting the Solway Firth with the camera - it rarely fails to throw up superb photographic opportunities. For the uninitiated, it lies about six miles south of Kirkcudbright and is a large inlet, off the River Dee's estuary, immediately before it enters the Firth. In the summer time, it is either an early morning destination to catch the first rays of the sun, or best left till the late afternoon and evening as the angles and shadows start to highlight the myriad of natural humps, bumps and tidal effects which are such a crucial element in the raw natural splendour of the place.

The golf course at Brighouse Bay - just a couple of miles to the west as the crow flies - had already yielded some great golf images ( see the great view across the layout - above ), so hopes were high that the long journey would also be rewarded by a quality picture or two at Ross Bay.  I was not to be disappointed! There are excellent signposts in this part of Scotland to point walkers ( and photographers! ) in the right direction. Full respect has to be given to sheep and cattle, of course, as many of the paths use the edges of grazing land for livestock, but the positive from that is, generally, the opening up of lovely views as well as the chance to exchange intelligent conversation with a wide variety of animal breeds en route! ( It's amazing what you resort to when you are on your own sometimes! )

The outcome was excellent, anyway, as the reader might conclude from the pics above on my home page. In addition to those shown, another lovely shot of Little Ross, the island at the very mouth of the Dee estuary, was captured, the sun's angle beautifully highlighting the lighthouse and beacon which have played such an important role in the safety of Kirkcudbright's fishing boats over many centuries. It all produced a highly satisfactory end to the day and guaranteed that it was a VERY contented photographer who began to wend his weary way back home to Carnoustie as evening drew on. Once again, the Solway had not disappointed.......

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