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Up, up and......... back down again!!

A couple of months ago I provisionally booked an aerial photographic trip over Angus from Perth Airport at Scone, with an aeroplane fanatic - Peter Malone - more than happy to take me up in a wee Cessna to see if I could get some new images for my photographic library. I could scarcely believe him when he said that it was five years since our last aerial adventure over Carnoustie - where DOES time go?? His love of flying is legendary among his colleagues in the club at Scone so he was only too happy to help out again. The key necessary ingredient, of course, was quality light and weather and, with other business commitments to be considered, it was almost three weeks before I was able to confirm with him that the prospects for a decent sunrise the following morning were promising. We duly lifted off the runway at Scone around 8.45 a.m., though there was a fair bit of cloud kicking around. As luck would have it, the prize target of the Angus Glens had to be forfeited as the dark grey, brooding sky which was soon revealed to glower over the north of the county killed any chance of dramatic images there.

Nevertheless, our descent to Scone some ninety minutes later ended a pretty exciting trip - and a fairly productive one, photographically. Particularly rewarding was the view of the coastline from Boddin, Scurdie Ness Lighthouse, Montrose Links and the west side of the North Esk up to the village of Marykirk. With obstinate cloud cover still ahead, Glen Esk, sadly, had to be abandoned. We about-turned, headed back down over the charismatic Bridge of Dun, across the emptiness of the ever-fascinating Montrose Basin ( totally devoid of water at low tide ) thence back to Scone via Letham, Rescobie Loch and Glamis, with a superb view back along the amazing loops of the python-like River Isla in the final three miles of its travels before its confluence with the Tay near Meikleour.

This latest aerial adventure had, perhaps, not fulfilled ALL the photographic aspirations but nevertheless yielded a satisfactory clutch of new shots for the portfolio. Now - hopefully before winter sets in - for the Angus Glens!
 

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