another new toy

http://picasaweb.google.com/MLCain

roisin was right, picasa is genius.

my picasa currently has arran photos, but when i get the chance will have africa photos too, and more…

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home at last

well actually at work right now, but nevermind…back from arran and missing the scenery already. and the great company of course.

just thought i’d say that i’d found a new toy: www.facebook.com

go here and you should be able to find me, if ive got the right url. i think u need to have a uni email address to register though… i need more friends so if ur reading this then join up!! ;-P

lochranza’s wildlife, geology and bogs

first, the wildlife…

deer a deer, completely unafraid of us lot. saw this and the next specimen walking along the coast from the lochranza field station.
jellyfish weird jelly fish. i think they are isles of the deep.

caterpillar a baby butterfly. saw this at the end of our 4 hour hike over a boggy hill. photos from that in a bit. chris, if you know what it is, leave a comment for me! (ditto for other stuff of course;)

stags some stags by some people and caravans, pre-fight. suzanne has some actual fight photos…

near the field site

me me me we walked along the coast from the field site yeaterday. i was longing to get on one of the yachts !

chair of rock at last, an armchair! in the rock though, so not so comfy. we ate arran ice cream there, by the ferry terminal at lochranza. sitting with me is chris stopford, who is from mersey island and knows becky cornthwaite (for those of you who went to school with me)!
bethan and simon and look who we found in the pub!i texted bethan as we were driving to lochranza yesterday, and she was waiting for the ferry to get here! to find out about their land’s end to john o’groats trip, see www.teammiracle.co.uk.

bog hiking

valley today we went on a 4ish hour hike up a hill. it was great going up, fair weather and dry rocky paths. this photo was the climax of the trek as it was quite spectacular. the photo doesn’t do it justice as it was rather dull and cloudy at this point. after this, on the way “down” (it involved lots of undulation) it rapidly turned into a bog and the camera went away until absolutely necessary, for fear of slipping over and drowning it.

stream this was near the end where it was less boggy so i took my camera out again . the worst i had was putting my leg into the groud and it sunk nearly to the knee. but suzanne won by falling flat on her back! and i think some others got thigh deep in bog. i have never experienced anything like it, and wouldn’t mind if i never did again i think! on the other hand, the hike was great aside from the bog-ness. there were really nice tiny flowers and plants. apparently some trees grow there that are only found on arran. but we were in such a hurry(needed to be back by 6pm-we were late in the end) that i didn’t have time to stop at take pictures. :-(
well, i’m up at 6.20 tomorrow morning to launch a radiosonde so i’ll be hitting the bunk bed soon. bye!

photogenic kildonan

thanks to taz for telling me how to automate stuff on photoshop x

arran and we’re going towards that??! the view of arran from the ferry wasn’t promising.

kildonan bay but it was gorgeous weather after all. this is the bay outside the hotel!

hotel the kildonan hotel, where we are till tomorrow. it’s so lovely here (and the food too) that i think it will be a shock to the system to go to the field centre, with dorms, school dinners and probably rain.

kildonan bay 2 kildonan bay again. interesting geology.
digger chris, can you send this to private eye and get me a tenner?

night last night’s full moon outside the hotel

loch previously mentioned loch near kildonan. i forget the name, butsomeone hadkindly left a picturesque boat for us to photograph.

seals spot the seals

pine trees the woods en route to the waterfall and the loch

waterfall said waterfall. the loch is earlier in the photos.

in arran

i am now in arran! photos added as soon as i can get them onto a computer…

weather has been beautiful here thanks to a high pressure that i hope will keep blocking out the fronts. walked up a hill today and saw a waterfall along the way and a loch. also saw seals in the bay (too far away for good photos).

today it was quite clear and could see N ireland on the horizon.

looking forward to the climb up goat fell and the inevitable onset of rain.