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Day trip to Arran

Post by michaelm » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:18 am

Took a wee trip over to Arran recently. These pics were taken from just off the Fisherman's walk in Brodick between the golf course and shore.

A Dragonfly resting on a leaf.
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Afairly common Hoverfly. After a wee gander online, I think this one might be 'Syrphus Ribessi'
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by Hughie » Mon Jul 27, 2015 10:39 am

Nice shots, Michael. What sort of equipment did you use? :)

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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by morag » Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:44 pm

Lovely, Michael.
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by brian f » Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:40 pm

Brilliant photos Michael. :D

When i see a photo of a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry it makes me homesick.
Can you ask that Hoverfly where he bought the Shades from :cool
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by chriso » Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:58 pm

[quote="Hughie"]Nice shots, Michael. What sort of equipment did you use?

A Camera? :roll:
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by iain » Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:40 am

Michael, I echo the sentiments of other posters: great shots - very sharp, detailed and colourful! I think you’re right with Syrphis ribessi. The dragonfly is a female Common Darter (the male is red) and the butterfly a female Meadow Brown (the male has less orange on its wings).

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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by michaelm » Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:55 pm

Hughie wrote:Nice shots, Michael. What sort of equipment did you use? :)
Hughie, I used a Panasonic G5 camera, and apart from the ferry pic, they were taken with a recently acquired 45mm macro lens.
Unsure what this type of camera is labelled as in your own neck of the woods, but it's marketed as a 'Micro Four Thirds' or CSC (Compact System Camera) here in the UK.
Edit: Just noticed while checking the 'properties' of these photos that the Dragonfly one was actually taken with my telephoto lens at 300mm. I was interchanging them at the time to see what different results I got and it seems I couldn't get close enough to it for a decent shot with the macro. I still had to crop them all a bit though, then resize and edit as I usually have to do :)

morag, thanks for the kind comment, as I know you're one of the threetowners most avid Arran lovers. :)
brian f wrote:Can you ask that Hoverfly where he bought the Shades from? :cool
I did ask it Brian, and the answer it gave me was ..
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iain wrote:Michael, I echo the sentiments of other posters: great shots - very sharp, detailed and colourful! I think you’re right with Syrphus ribessi. The dragonfly is a female Common Darter (the male is red) and the butterfly a female Meadow Brown (the male has less orange on its wings).

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Cheers for the ID info on the Dragonfly and Butterfly Iain, as it took me some time trying to identify the Hoverfly from a multitude of pics online. :)
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by michaelm » Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:48 pm

Here's some more photo's taken during the great spell of weather we had in early June this year - a distant memory now that Winter's fast approaching.
In the first one I'm on the ferry 'Caledonian Isles' approx. half-way between Ardrossan and Brodick. This is a pic of the smaller ferry 'Isle of Arran' which is sailing in the opposite direction - Brodick to Ardrossan.
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I'd maybe fancy one of these if my lottery numbers came up. The vessels name is 'Trisheen' and I believe it's owners are from Bute.
Mind you, its eclipsed totally by the scenery in the background.
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It's nice and cool in here.
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Shake Rattle n' Roll!
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Some Canoeists having a look to see how the new Pier being built at Brodick is coming along.
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Takin' it easy.
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I rarely visit Brodick without encountering at least one Grey Heron.
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Must admit, I'd never seen a Yacht before that was named after a Mozart Opera.
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The ferry 'Isle of Arran' departing Brodick Pier bound for Ardrossan.
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Have a few more pics from early June that I intend to post, but will leave that for another day.
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by michaelm » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:17 pm

After reading morag and bonzo's recent post's about the Ormidale in the Arran Ferry topic, here's more pic's from a couple of years ago.

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Hotel Ormidale.
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Tom (Tommy) the barman in the pic below was only in his early 20's when I worked in Brodick, but in later years became the hotel proprietor just like his parents before him. I believe his son is now the current official custodian of the business. Reminds me of that old saying about keeping things in the family.
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A couple of shot's of how the famous greenhouse lounge looks these days.
Enjoyed many a memorable night in here in years gone by.
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Tom kindly allowed me to take some pic's from inside the residents lounge.
The framed photo's on the wall are or were very prominent well known Hotels in Brodick and I remember them all from the mid 70's.
Spot the Arran shaped wooden coffee table.
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Thought I'd get some individual shots of those pic's on the wall. The lighting's resulted in a bit of unwanted reflection here and there.

St. Denys Hotel
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Douglas Hotel
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Kingsley Hotel
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Ennismor Hotel
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Gwyder Lodge Hotel
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Dunvegan Hotel
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Glenartney Hotel
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Invercloy Hotel
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Heathfield Hotel
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Ormidale Hotel
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St. Elmo Hotel (wee bit out of focus)
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Auchrannie Hotel
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And lastly, for those planning a wee trip on a tight budget ... :)
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by morag » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:16 pm

More great photos! :D
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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by bonzo » Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:51 pm

In the early 90s we used to have a scooter rally on arran, again manys a great night in the "greenhoose" at the ormidale. Cracking pictures Michael :good:
Those wimin were in the nip.

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Re: Day trip to Arran

Post by morag » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:27 am

bonzo wrote:
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:51 pm
In the early 90s we used to have a scooter rally on arran, again manys a great night in the "greenhoose" at the ormidale. Cracking pictures Michael :good:
Many a good night in the greenhoose!
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