School half term and a family holiday in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife saw us exploring a number of the local sights. One of the great finds for a particularly wet day was St Andrews Botanic Garden. Originally part of the University, the gardens are now run by a charitable trust and make for a great day out. The highlight for 2016 is the new "Tropical Butterfly Experience" in one of the glasshouses, where visitors can enjoy the interaction with tropical butterflies including Swallowtails, Moon moths, Tailed Jays, Zebra Wings and many others.The collection of images below are a game of two halves. From the ornate Bird of Paradise flower, the temperate plants and the delicate colours and forms of butterflies, I also enjoyed the patterns and forms of nature in the cactus plants in the succulents glasshouse.Enjoy the photographs - many of the butterfly images were captured on my smartphone as my SLR decided to steam up on entering the humidity of the Butterfly Experience!
Loch Gu Loch is an endurance swimrun event now in its second year.Starting from Urquhart Castle, the swimmers cross Loch Ness at first light, heading for Fort Augustus via the south side of Loch Ness. With 13 swim sections totalling 8km of swimming and 47km of running in between, this is a real feat of endurance.For the last few years I have been part of the safety team providing cover for swimmers for events such as this. Sea kayaks can provide close cover safety and this year I was stationed at Loch Duntelchaig and Loch Tarf.
The selection of photographs below were taken from my sea kayak and give a flavour of the event from the kayakers point of view!