An early rise

On Saturday I managed my first trip out alone with the camera in quite some time. I was aiming to catch the sunrise however I slept in a little and almost missed it.

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I had decided the night before that I would go to Blackhill. It’s one of the highest hills in the area and commands splendid views of Clyde Valley and further. It’s a National Trust site but freely open to anyone who wants to join the cows and sheep and take the short walk to the top.

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Unfortunately I had picked a very hazy morning, it limited my view and it was only as I packed my tripod away the haze began to clear. I could see Ben Lomond in the distance as well as the Ochil and Campsie Hills. On a clear day you can see Goatfell on Arran and the Cobbler too. It’s a beautiful place to stop and admire the world, its clear to see why people have been coming here for over 1000 years. The hill is home to a Bronze Age burial cairn and was once the site of a large Iron Age fort. If you follow the path up the hill you can see the defensive ditch and the opening in the middle just to the left of the stile. Anyway here’s a few photos I managed in the haze. I haven’t done many sunrise or sunset shots before, I like my bed to much and at night can’t be bothered going out once I’m settled in. However I’m reasonably happy with my results, they could be better and I’m sure they will be with practice.

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