Bridge at Maspie Den, Falkland, Fife

Just to the west of one of the most picturesque villages in Fife, lies Falkland School. The area surrounding the school was once part of the Falkland Estate, and has a few of the remaining architectural features which were built in the 19th century, including this fine bridge, which crosses the Maspie Burn (a small […]

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A Storm Approaches and Arrives – Seafield Castle Beach

Last summer I was down at Seafield Castle beach, just to the south of Kirkcaldy, doing a bit of ‘geologising’, ie looking at the various beds of rock to work out the sedimentary sequences. When I started, it was a beautiful summers day, but little known to me, as I was busy peering at sandstones, […]

Aliens? No, just some Lichen

I photographed this small clump of lichens on the sides of Falkland Hill last summer. I think this lichen is of the Genus Cladonia (also known as pixie cups, which is a far more magical name!!), but as to the species, that requires an expert. It’s one of the over 1500 different species found in Scotland!! […]

The Grid – Closer to Home

As a bit of a challenge to myself, I took some more photos for the WP Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Grid. My own challenge was to allow myself 30 mins to take the photos and edit them – this was my results, a couple of which are pushing it a wee bit to […]

True Love – Two Mushrooms from Falkland woods

I really need to spend some time getting to know all the names of each part of a fungus. I spend more time trying to identify them from pictures and photos, than I would spend systematically identifying from the various attributes that each mushroom has. Today, I found an excellent on-line key for mushroom ids, […]

Fife Council Building and the Daily Post Photographic Challenge

Last night I discovered the WP Daily Post “Weekly Photographic Challenge“. This afternoon, whilst we were out shopping for some dinner to cook for the kids, I noticed a very obvious ‘Grid’ for this weeks challenge. These are photos of Fife House in Glenrothes, the main offices for the Fife Council. Hopefully next time I’ll […]

Charlestown Harbour and Lime Kilns, Fife

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The village of Charlestown, which lies on the south coast of Fife between the Kincardine and Forth road bridges, was established in 1770 by the 5th Earl of Elgin, Charles Bruce. The village, which is on a ridge overlooking the harbour, was laid out in the shape of an inverted ‘C’ & ‘E’, for Elgin […]

Kissing Trees, Kinghorn

I took this photograph on the same day as the photo from yesterday’s post. It was taken on the back road from Kinghorn to Auchertool, just to the west of Kirkcaldy. These two sycamores are on opposite sides of the road near the brow of the hill and remind me of an old loving married […]

Balgonie Bleachfield – A Storm Approaches

This was a photo I took back in early July, just after getting back from taking the photos from the post “Early Summer Insects and Flowers of Balgonie Bleachfield Project”. About 5 mins later, I was watching the torrential rain from the pleasant confines of the car!

325 Million Years Old Worm Burrows

Another Geological Photo – 325 Million Years Old Worm Burrow Trace Fossils This rock bed, part of the Lower Limestone Formation at Seafield Castle beach, near Kirkcaldy, is approximately 325 million years old. It shows the casts from burrows of worms, that lived way back in Carboniferous times, in the warm shallow seas surrounding what […]

Carboniferous Cross Bedding, Lower Limestone Formation

Textures, Colours and Geology I like this photo primarily because of the geology that it represents, but from an artistic point of view, it does have some interesting textures and colours. Geologically speaking, it’s approx 320 million years old, and part of the Lower Limestone Formation. This sequence of mudstones, siltstones, sandstones and limestones were […]

St Drostan’s Church, Markinch

A church is recorded to have existed on this piece of land from as early as the 11th century. The church is dedicated to the Pictish St Drostan, who was meant to have come to Scotland, from Ireland, with St Columba in 563AD. The tower of St Drostan’s Church dates from early medieval times, probably […]

Blythe’s Tower, Kinglassie

The Coo and the Tower Blythe’s Tower or Folly, seen here in the background of this photo, which I took early one morning a couple of weeks ago, was built in 1812 by a wealthy linen merchant. He wanted to be able to view cargo ships as they entered the Forth, so he could procure the […]

Abbotshall Parish Church, Kirkcaldy

Originally built in 1674, the tower of which still remains today. In 1787, the rectangular portion of the church was demolished to make way for a larger church, for an ever increasing congregation. The organ loft on the south side of Abbotshall Church (seen on the far right of the photo) was added in 1898.