I sometimes feel I’ve taken far too many photos of Spittal beach but then the receding waves leave a new pattern of sand ripples…


Winter sunrise – Spittal beach – January 2021

or the morning light catches reflections in low-tide pools and the view is renewed again.


Still water by the Royal Border Bridge – January 2021

My selection of favourite images from 2021 reflects another year spent mostly close to home. The Royal Border Bridge is a subject I’ve revisited time and time again, but there’s not often a swan posed conveniently in the foreground.


Sunshine on snow – February 2021

After a mild start to the year, winter arrived in earnest in February.  For one bitterly cold day the sun shone brightly from a clear, blue sky onto crisp, frozen snow. Then the cloud returned.


Evening stroll – Spittal Point – August 2021

At 55.46° N the summer daylight lingers late into the evening – perfect for a low tide stroll.


Morning walk – Spittal beach – September 2021

Summer stretched into autumn this year with some beautiful, blue sky mornings in September.


Glen Rosa ramble – Isle of Arran – October 2021

There wasn’t much blue sky to be seen on our late October holiday on the Isle of Arran but sun breaking through the brooding clouds made for dramatic views.


Autumn colour at Dawyck Botanic Garden – November 2021

An early November visit to Dawyck Botanic Garden was well timed for autumn colour.


Christmas at the Botanics – Edinburgh – December 2021

And finally, Christmas at the Botanics where imaginative lighting highlighted the beauty of winter trees, resting and waiting for spring. Happy New Year!

The Lens-Artists Challenge #180 is Favourite Images of 2021.