Abbotsford Photo-walk

We’re now trying to have a monthly photo-walk around local sites. It is mainly aimed at the beginner members but it’s also good to have a blether and share ideas (without giving away secrets of course). There often isn’t time to chat for long on a Wednesday after meetings.

This month around ten members met at Abbotsford estate just outside Galashiels. Formerly the home of the world-famous author Sir Walter Scott. Writer of Waverly, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and many others. The estate is free to wander around although you have to pay to visit the house and walled gardens. It is well worth making the time to visit the house and gardens.

I’d set a side task to capture the most creative image of Abbotsford House however, no one was restricted to just that as it was a good opportunity to capture the last of the autumn colours.

We’ve got some cracking images back on our Facebook page here are just a few on this page.

May meetup at Harestanes

4th May – Star Wars Day

At last, the weather was favourable for one of our summer meetups. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month from May to August, excluding June. Usually at a local spot of photographic interest. The bluebells would be out as it was May, so we headed for Harestanes and the woodland at Woodside. This is usually carpeted with bluebells and wild garlic in the woods above the burn.


Five of us turned and sure enough, there was a proliferation of the flowers where expected. Unfortunately, we were just about thirty minutes too late to catch the rays of the setting sun on the blue patches. It was a lovely evening though and we did manage to capture a few nice shots.

It was a pity our meet up clashed with the Tour series Cycling on in Galashiels that evening other a few more members may have shown up. Never mind, there is always next year.


The next meet in our summer outing on Sunday 12th June to Wallington. I’ll do another blog on the event.