Monday, 29 October 2012

Gladhouse Reservoir


Today is my 700th blip anniversary which means that I have posted a photograph consecutively for the last 700 days. I've only had to back blip (i.e. upload the picture after the actual day had passed) once, when our dial-up wasn't working due to a power cut. During that day I've blipped mostly from home but also from a nearby farm and the Penicuik library, both due to internet and/or power problems. Since the end of May this year I've been using our WiFi at home (oh the relief!). Blip celebrates some birthdays in style but the 700th isn't one of them as within 30 days you reach your 2 year anniversary. But I didn't want the day to go by without having my own little blip party and for that I needed to come up with a good if not great photograph.

I also am very, very busy so didn't want to venture too far from home. This morning was rather dull and grey for photography but the afternoon promised a bit of sun and so we drove to Gladhouse Reservoir, about 15 minutes drive from home, where I took a previous blip last year in April.  And it proved to be a very good choice. There was hardly any wind. The surface of the water was undisturbed by any ripples and thus the reflections were out of this world! In the end I took so many photographs that once again I had a very difficult time settling on the one I wanted to blip. The photograph at the top of this post won, although the one at the bottom was a very close contender. Let me know if you think I made the right choice.

 From the reservoir the water is led over stone steps (seen below) into a trench, under a bridge. You can see that in the above picture and then, not too far away, seems to plummet down a steep dip. A very strange sight giving the illusion that all the water stops in mid flow.
We drove on a bit further and came upon more fantastic photo opportunities. The interest was not just the water or the reflections, splendid as they were. but also the wonderful cloud formations. They changed from second to second, and the sun kept appearing and disappearing, producing ever different effects. 
All the pictures seen here were taken within a 20 minute time frame but some look like it's very light and others very dark. It just depended on whether the sun was on view or not.

3 comments:

Linda said...

The difference of the light on the scene makes a dramatic difference-who would have thought. I like the choice you made, my favorite also.

Terri said...

Congratulations on 700 blips! I haven't seen them all, but the ones I have seen have always been beautiful. I love all these images, and I agree with the one that won top billing. It is stunning!
Hugs,
Terri

Jewels said...

Congrats Frieda! I would be hard put to pick any of these as a favorite - they are all wonderful! J

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