You have got to be there at the right time to get a dramatic sky picture. Over the past few weeks I have been noticing the beautiful effects in the eastern sky, just before the sun comes up. Time and time again I have walked down the shop to get the paper, noticed the sky and gone back for my camera, only to discover that I am too late and the effect has gone. But I was ready this morning! I took my camera with me as I went out for an early Sunday morning walk with Lily the dog. I had noticed the interesting silhouette effect of the bare branches of the tree, and using a telephoto lens, I framed it up against the reddening sky. Just at that moment a flock of gulls flew into the picture. Luck! Other pictures I took at the same time, in the same place, but without the birds, look uninspired in comparison. You have got to be there at the right time.
After my article last week on winter skies, I thought I would try a few more shots on my November morning walk and managed to take a couple of nice pictures of the morning sky. But when I tried a shot of the mast and wind turbines on Gallows Hill, the colourhad gone out of the sky and it is not nearly so dramatic.
What was dramatic, though, was the group of half a dozen roe deer in the distance, in the field between Auchlethen and the main road. Lily spotted them, and they spotted Lily.
I have been noticing recently how casual the deer seem to be. They stand and watch you, before sauntering off. This deer was just on the limit of my camer’s ca[ability, and the light was not great. the picture will never win any prizes, but it will help me remember the morning of the red sky, the gulls and the deer.