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Great Western Road

November 21, 2010 2 comments

Known as the longest road in Glasgow Great Western Road (A82), begins in the St. Georges Cross area of central Glasgow at junctions with the M8 and the A804 and ends at the main roundabout in the Old Kilpatrick area in Dumbarton were it is renamed Dumbarton Road then Stirling Road.

As the road makes it’s way north west through the city it passes a number of the city’s finest terraces, including Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s Great Western Terrace, and Devonshire Gardens. The road runs through Kelvinside, Anniesland, Blairdardie.

The Great Western Road is around 10.7 mile long and has also been nicknamed ” The Boulevard “, all though the Great Western Road is renamed at Old Kilpatrick the A82 continues its route through Scotland.

It is the principal route from Lowland Scotland to the western Scottish Highlands, running from Glasgow to Inverness, going by Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Fort William. It is the second longest primary A-road in Scotland after the A9, which is the other principal route to Inverness from the south of Scotland. It continues north and passes the western fringes of Rannoch Moor and through the spectacular Glen Coe. The road then crosses Loch Leven and runs along the side Loch Linnhe to Fort William. From Fort William it follows the line of the Great Glen (through which the Caledonian Canal also runs) northeast through Fort Augustus and up the western shore of Loch Ness before ending at junctions with the A9 in Inverness, a total of 167 mile.

The Bird Man

October 17, 2010 1 comment

Kelvinside, originally uploaded by MJ.C Photography.

“Sometimes when we are too busy running around immersed in our own little worlds we walk right past things and events that are rather special.”

This mentally retarded fellow was
busy feeding the pigeons at the side of the walkway in a busy park in Glasgow, “nothing strange about that” I hear you say.
As I walked towards him I could hear him say “A bit for you, A bit for me” as he fed the pigeons and himself, then he shouted at one of the pigeons for taking to much bread and not sharing.
I approached him and asked how he was doing, he replied “I’m ok and so are the birds”. After a 5 min chat with the guy I realized that although feeding the birds is very important to him, the main reason he was there in a big park in the middle of Glasgow was for human interaction something that only happens “Every wee while”, he said.

As I got to my feet I asked him if I could take his photo he said ” Take their photo too” and pointed to the birds and laughed. I took this photo and turned away, as I walked along the walkway he shouted “Hey mate, thanks for talking to me” I replied “Any time”.

Strut My Stuff

September 25, 2010 1 comment

On my last outing I had photographed an old man pacing back and forth on the pavement, his persona and dress sense provided all I need to convert his picture to a sepia style photo to give him that old time feel.

Buttercup (Ranunculus)

September 1, 2010 2 comments

This is a flower that you know is there, but you don’t walk past someone’s graden and say ” aww look at that buttercup “. So here is a closeup of one and some details about a flower that you see almost everyday.

They are mostly herbaceous perennials with bright yellow or white flowers (if white, still with a yellow centre); some are annuals or biennials. A few species have orange or red flowers. There are usually five petals, but sometimes six, numerous, or none, as in R. auricomus. The petals are often highly lustrous, especially in yellow species. Buttercups usually flower in April or May but flowers may be found throughout the summer especially where the plants are growing as opportunistic colonisers, as in the case of garden weeds.

The name Ranunculus is Late Latin for “little frog,” from rana “frog” and a diminutive ending. This probably refers to many species being found near water, like frogs. When Ranunculus plants are handled, naturally occurring ranunculin is broken down to form protoanemonin, which is known to cause contact dermatitis in humans and care should therefore be exercised in excessive handling of the plants. The toxins are degraded by drying, so hay containing dried buttercups is safe.

Info Source: Wikipedia

Self Portrait

August 29, 2010 2 comments

Self portraits are great photos to let people see who you really are, but the other flip of the coin is that it shows what a person see’s them self as.

By studying the photo I have posted of myself, you can have your own preconceptions of the person in the photo. So have fun with your comments.

Mark.

You Can View The Full Size Picture Here

Mushrooms

August 27, 2010 2 comments

Theses little fellas just appeared in my back garden. It’s weird how they just appear from nowhere.

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