A Wee Robin Red-Breast

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I think robins are one of my favourite birds, there’s something so happy and serene about them. We used to have a wee one visit us in the family garden when I was a kid; they seem to return to certain gardens and adopt a family which I also like. I was a solitary kid, and they’re solitary birds, so I guess I felt an affinity with them. I saw this little one hopping around on Sunday – first time I’ve seen a robin in ages, it made my day.

A Trip to Edinburgh Zoo

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Having been incredibly patient these last few weeks whilst I write university essays, I decided to pack as much fun as I could into my little monkey’s weekend. So we went on a trip to Edinburgh Zoo! It’s a great family day out; however, it’s built on a very large hill so it involves a lot of walking. Also it’s probably not that suited for those who are differently abled, which is unfortunate. It does have some stunning views of the Edinburgh hills though. The zebras seem to enjoy the best view!

I’m never quite sure how I feel about zoos despite their conservation work. The tiger enclosure was a bit small here so I’m hoping it’s due for some further development. The panda breeding program the zoo is part of has had considerable success though, with 200 more pandas in the wild now – the panda’s are definitely the biggest pull here as they’re the only ones in the UK, here on a 10 year loan. They were having a relax when we saw them but there were videos available of them playing around and doing somersaults.

There’s a new dinosaur exhibition on the way, with some special ‘adult only’ night time events coming up – I’m really hoping to make it to one at the end of June.

Edinburgh Zoo doesn’t quite live up to the welfare standards of the fantastic Gerald Durrell Conservation Park I reviewed here, but still worth a visit:

http://backpacksandbabygrows.com/2014/08/30/somewhere-that-surprised-me-jersey/

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Lenticularis!

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Beautiful views on the way back from Edinburgh last night.

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A Moment in Time

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I love it when a photograph just catches that moment, and had you looked up either a few minutes before or a few minutes after you’d have missed it.

The 1st Day of Spring (did not disappoint)!

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After weeks and months of cold, windy, rainy and generally rubbish weather, Glasgow’s first day of Spring was definitely worth the wait!

Stunning blue skies and a warm sun that invites bare arms and legs to join in with some March madness. I love snow, but never feel truly energised and happy until I’m in the sun and feeling some warmth. Plus the British Winter isn’t often snowy where I am, instead it’s weeks of cold, wet and windy weather.

This weekend has been fabulous with all the celestial events that took place (the eclipse, the supermoon  etc). And now with this stunning weather we’ve been given, it’s definitely one of the more memorable weekends of the year so far.

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Crepuscular Rays

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It’s been a while since I had an entirely new experience and learnt a whole new word for it. I saw these beautiful shafts of light on my way to pick up the wee monkey yesterday; it was a stunning crisp, sunny day with beautiful cloud formations. Perfect conditions to find a perfect photo!

After a brief google search I think I’m right to say that these are Crepuscular Rays. According to The Cloud Appreciation Society, “whilst they may not know the name, most cloudspotters will have noticed ‘crepuscular rays’. These are the radiating beams of sunlight that appear to burst from behind a Cumulus cloud, or shine down through a hole in a Stratocumulus. These appear when the path of sunlight is made visible by atmospheric water droplets too scarce to appear as cloud, but plentiful enough to noticeably scatter the light. The shadows of the clouds give edges to the sunbeams. The perspective, as the rays approach, makes them appear to radiate outwards. Crepuscular rays are a common and beautiful sight”.

A beautiful word for a beautiful referent.

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An Autumnal Spring in Glasgow

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It should really be moving into Spring here in Glasgow. But a spell of very cold weather coupled with some lovely clear sky sunsets, has left it feeling decidedly autumnal. Pretty standard for Glasgow if I’m honest. We tend to get a swift but relatively hot spring in April. We all go mad and wander around with hardly any clothes on despite it only being 18 degrees C. To us that’s a heat wave!

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