Forth and Clyde Canal – Auchinstarry Marina (Kilsyth)

Recently I found myself in Cumbernauld with a couple of hours to kill and little to do. Fortunately I had my camera in the boot of my car. This was not a planned outing and I had no idea where to go locally so I went a short drive. Only 5 minutes away I found this little marina with a couple dozen boats and barges. I parked up and took a walk and managed after some trial and error to get a few decent pictures.

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The light was a real variable, it just would not sit still and kept changing. One minute I had bright sunlight and it reflected off everything then the next dark cloud, it really could not make up its mind. Fortunately I only had the smallest amount of rain to contend with.

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In the above picture you can see the cloud coming in off the Campsie Fells.

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I think regardless of how the weather may be this is a lovely little place to stop as there is so much colour to be had from the boats and barges and on a clear day the view in the distance is nice, well from certain angles. 

There is a car park and some nice walks into the forest and up onto a nearby hill. It’s quite a busy little place but not to busy that your photos will be spoiled. 

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Below I have attached a couple of shots I liked, mainly due to the bright colours.

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After my colourful barges I took a short walk into the trees behind the canal and took a few different pictures. I quite liked the silhouetted ones with the sun poking through the trees.

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I can see me making another trip out here in the future, as there is so many other photos waiting to be taken. I think though I will be needing a lot longer than a couple of hours to get the most from it.

Well, there we go, my first proper post, the first of many I hope. I have enjoyed photographing the boats and barges so I think this will be added to my list of themes / projects. As I manage more outings I will endeavour to keep this page going and get a sample of each trip uploaded.

I have added my album from the day to Flickr. There is a few more photos on there, some of the barges, some not. So if anyone wishes they can.

http://flic.kr/s/aHsk91gAfy

Thanks,

Paul

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