The Basin, The Lighthouse and The Cliffs

Tues 1st March     Ferryden, Montrose and Arbroath

The Sun was finally shining and I was finished with my Nightshifts so I arranged to meet father and head out to my beloved East coast, the best place in the world, especially when the sun is shining off the red sandstone. After picking father up in Carnoustie we decided to do a relatively flat coastal walk as I was still pretty tired from working nights and I was running a bit late thanks to mother locking me out of the garage so when I went to fill the wiper fluid I couldn’t get tot he screen wash and after searching her house  for a key just gave up and put in water only!

Montrose Basin Looking Stunning in the Sunshine

Anyway me and father had a lunch in Arbroath in a very nice new cafe, turns out Arbroath is like Perth and full of Sconies (people who drink tea and eat scones in cafes all day) and the place is full of little coffee shops. As father had been up the cliffs recently we headed further up the coast and to Montrose and Ferryden. As I took the wrong turning off the roundabout (still had nightshift head!) we went to the Montrose Basin 1st, where the view was lovely and quite exotic looking in the sunshine and starting with the zoom lens I shot some of the quaint little boats floating gently in the shallow water of the Basin. Dodging the taut ropes hiding in the sunshine and trying to take our heads off we walked along to the bridges and up to the view point which neither of us had been on before although we had both been to Montrose many times. Then following my sense of direction (a dangerous business usually) we went back to the car and Dad had to admit I was right with which way to go, which is a very odd occurrence.  And we nipped down the road, taking the right exist to Ferryden, passing the good ship Sarah!

After a rather tricky several point turn on a thin road with walls on one side and a steep drop on the other we managed to park up and walk the top road to the Ferryden Lighthouse, the Scurdie Lighthouse is its official name and was 1st lit on the Tues the 1st March 1870 (141 years ago to the day). Anyway The view was spectacular with the Harr giving a blurred line between blue sky and blue sea. The White of the lighthouse and near by beacons just shimmered in the light, which looked fabulous but was a bit of a photographic nightmare as even with ISO low and under exposing it kept blowing out the detail of the buildings. But i got a few shots of Lighthouse and surrounding cottages and the expanse of the North sea. We went to walk along to Usan, but the ground became too marshy so we turned back and walked back along the front to the car.

After stopping off at another Arbroath coffee shop, this one designed like a 1950s diner and just at the Auchmithie turn off, we decided as the sun was still brilliant and the day still relatively young we would have a wee walk along the Seaton cliffs at Arbroath. Now as a child I used to climb these cliffs a lot, venturing into coves and caves and through holes in the sandstone cliffs, and being caught out by the tide occasionally and needing to clamber up the cliffsides to safety. Of course I was not alone, father and my sisters were there too and now he looks back and cringes at the dangers he put us in, as now he tuts and parents doing the same with their children. But no harm done and we made it through with a healthy sense of adventure and respect for the sea and its shoreline. So walking the meandering beauty of the Seaton cliffs is always a joy for me. Photo wise though I is hard to capture as it is pretty vast and far reaching and this is hard to show in a photo. So  armed with only the wide lens on the camera I decided to do panoramic shots, which isn’t always a good idea with the wide as the distortion can make it hard to stitch photos well. But I decided to give it a go anyway. Standing on the outcrops of the cliff I took a few shots along the view, making sure each shot overlapped with the next. Once back home I stitched the photos together the easy way and put it through PTGui software which matches the overlap points and puts together the panoramic shot. Which I’m glad to say turned out well, which made getting a bit muddy climbing to the outcrop off the path worth it.

So all in all a successful day in the late winter sun. Not only did I get some good shots but i also got to see the sunshine at long last and got to be on my beloved coast line, home at last!

Castlesea Bay Panoramic, 7 shots stitched together

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