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Beautiful Scotland

Liz Alderdice | Dunnottar Woods

Dunnottar Woods

Sunlight streams through the coniferous branches in early Spring, casting linear shadows across the receding path. Dunnottar Woods near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is a beautiful place to go. Tall trees and shadows with a brook babbling away far below. Most visitors go to see the spectacular Dunnottar Castle nearby but the woods are certainly worth a visit
Liz Alderdice | Across The Lake

Across The Lake

.Beautiful reflections in the water looking across the lake at Haddo in Aberdeenshire
Liz Alderdice | By The Ythan

By The Ythan

A favourite viewing place across the River Ythan, near Newburgh in Aberdeenshire. A variety of coastal birds can be seen in this area which is on the edge of the Forvie estuary and nature reserve in Aberdeenshire Textures have been added.
Liz Alderdice | An Aberdeenshire Sunset

An Aberdeenshire Sunset

Beautiful colours in the sky are a common sight in rural Aberdeenshire, but they have an uncommon beauty with the layers of fiery reds, blues and yellows illuminating the heavens.
Liz Alderdice | Tree Over The Ythan

Tree Over The Ythan

Overlooking the River Ythan, Aberdeenshire, this stopping place is a favourite place to watch the variety of seabirds who frequent the estuary. The plough lines on the fieldsabove opposite bank show clearlyand add a foil to the horizontals of the water and banks while mirroring the angle of the tree. This slightly stylised image has a subtle canvas texture.
Liz Alderdice | Looking Out to Sea

Looking Out to Sea

A painterly effect enhances this capture of a wave breaking at Aberdeen beach, the light catching in the spray. The wet sand reflects the blue tones of the sky and a ship waits offshore.
Liz Alderdice | Tree Over The Ythan

Tree Over The Ythan

Overlooking the River Ythan, Aberdeenshire, this stopping place is a favourite place to watch the variety of seabirds who frequent the estuary. The plough lines on the fieldsabove opposite bank show clearlyand add a foil to the horizontals of the water and banks while mirroring the angle of the tree. This slightly stylised image has a subtle canvas texture.
Liz Alderdice | Tha Golden Years

Tha Golden Years

Last Autumns' Beech leaves still holding on in early Spring as the afternoon sun filters through tree trunks in Dunnotar Woods, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Shades of browns and golds combine to create a reflective mood of changing seasons.
Liz Alderdice | Crail Harbour

Crail Harbour

One of the most photographed harbours in Scotland, Crail harbour nestles in the East Neuk of Fife in North East of Scotland. Famous for its seafood, when I was there in January , lobsters were still being brought in by the small boats there. We were very fortunate to have wonderful blue skies and sunshine.
Liz Alderdice | A Blustery Day at the Beach

A Blustery Day at the Beach

Aberdeen Beach on a somewhat blustery day with the waves crashing, forming white horses on the water. Please note that a sketch effect has been added to this image - mostly visible at a large magnification.
Liz Alderdice | The Bridge at Carrbridge

The Bridge at Carrbridge

Not far from the Cairngorms in Scotland is the small town of Carrbridge. I's most famous landmark is the old packhorse bridge, from which the village is named. The bridge, built in 1717,is the oldest stone bridge in the Highlands. It was severely damaged in the muckle spate of 1829 which left it in the condition seen today.
Liz Alderdice | Water Lilies on The Loch

Water Lilies on The Loch

Partly framed by an arching tree this is part of the beautiful view of the open flowering white water lilies which transformed this loch into a Monet-esque waterscape. Taken near the Cairngorm National Park and Loch Garten area.
Liz Alderdice | Insh Marshes

Insh Marshes

Insh Marshes are 10 square kilometres of the River Spey floodplain between Kingussie and Kincraig in Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland. They are said to be one of the most important wetlands in Europe. When the plains are flooded there is more to see but from one of the 3 hides we watched deer, heron, dragonflies and avariety of water fowl. A beautiful place. Owned by the RSPB, together with part of the River Spey, they form a Special Protection Area.
Liz Alderdice | Looking South

Looking South

This is the view at the edge of my garden looking Southwards towards neighbouring homes. Taken during the winter months with snow on the ground and a cold mist undulating across the fields, an almost monochromatic feel to this typical Aberdeenshire landscape.
Liz Alderdice | Looking Out to Sea

Looking Out to Sea

A painterly effect enhances this capture of a wave breaking at Aberdeen beach, the light catching in the spray. The wet sand reflects the blue tones of the sky and a ship waits offshore.
Liz Alderdice | Lilies on the Loch

Lilies on the Loch

Beautiful white water lilies flower on the loch while reeds and rushes crowd the bank. Taken in Speyside at Loch Beag in June.
Liz Alderdice | Loch Alvie

Loch Alvie

Taken from behind the picturesque, white Alvie Church, this is the view down towards Loch Alvi. The white water Lilies had begun to bloomand can be seen on the surface of the loch.
Liz Alderdice | Grasses Against The Sky

Grasses Against The Sky

Tall Marram Grasses sway in the breeze against a lovely blue sky with white clouds. Taken at Forvie Nature Reserve among the sand dunes by the sea. The dense, spiky tufts of Marram Grass are a familiar sight on our windswept coasts. In fact, its matted roots help to stabilise sand dunes, allowing them to grow up and become colonised by other species. This image has a brush stroke effect on it.
Liz Alderdice | Under a Scottish Sky

Under a Scottish Sky

Stubble left after the harvest, glows almost golden under a beautiful Scottish sky. Taken in Aberdeenshire, Scotland not far from where I live.
Liz Alderdice | Half Barrels

Half Barrels

Did you know? Casks are sourced mainly from the US and Spain, where they have previously been used to age whiskey and sherry. Scotch whisky rules allow repeated use of casks for maturation, the law for bourbon is such that they can only use the cask once. This normally ensures a good onward supplyof casks for the Scotch whisky trade. Securing a supply of them is part of the distillers’ challenge, and getting long use out of them is important too. As the interaction between wood and spirit is integral to the maturation process, smaller casks tend to mature Scotch whisky quicker. By contrast, large casks such as butts, puncheons or port pipes usually require a longer maturation process, often of 15-20 years or more. Effects have been added to this photograph
Liz Alderdice | The Grocery Shop

The Grocery Shop

Old shops have a wonderful atmosphere and this one in Fochabers, was no exception. The wooden shop fittings - counter and shelves - give a warm and timeless ambience as the daylight filters in from the right. On the counter top stand an assortment of storage jars, a cash register and old scales.
Liz Alderdice | Sharing The Fun

Sharing The Fun

A candid capture of two dogs both fetching the same stick as they run from the waves to their owner. Taken on Aberdeen Beach, Scotland. The image has a black line around the edge, this can be removed if you so wish.
Liz Alderdice | The Resting Place

The Resting Place

Two white wrought iron benches provide a peaceful resting place in the Winter Gardens in Aberdeen.
Liz Alderdice | Whisky Galore

Whisky Galore

Whiskey barrels stacked behind the famous Seyside Cooperage, Craigellachie. The Vsitor Centre, opened in 1992 allows the public a wonderful chance to see the coopers in action as they turn the craft of cask making into a real art. There is also a free taster available at the gift shop/cafe! Cheers!
Liz Alderdice | Sunset over Aberdeen Bay

Sunset over Aberdeen Bay

Taken from the Torry Battery, built in 1860, across the harbour and city of Aberdeen. Torry Battery is a fortified ancient monument, and makes an excellent viewing point to watch dolphins and take sunsets!
Liz Alderdice | South Breakwater, Aberdeen

South Breakwater, Aberdeen

A lovely blue sky with gentle white clouds over the Southern breakwater at Aberdeen Harbour, Scotland.
Liz Alderdice | Aberdeen Groynes

Aberdeen Groynes

Wooden Groynes at the beach in Aberdeen with their charesteristic 'pole' at the end of each one. Wooden groynes are an essential control to keep beaches stable. Although groynes can be made of many materials it is the UK’s wooden groynes that do the job but also add character to the environment. The purpose of a groyne is to stop sand and pebble movement along a stretch of coast. It does this by trapping beach material which helps build up a larger section of beach in front of an area that’s experiencing coastal erosion. They can often radically change a coastline and care must be taken and changes monitored as if you stop movement on one stretch of the beach then yes you build up one area but can starve another.