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2017’s Calendar Photos

Starting in 2008, we have inflicted, sorry given all of our families and friends a calendar of photographs taken by myself.  This year has been no different and is the 7th such calendar (2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).  I have previously posted the pictures we rejected from this year’s calendar; these are the 13 pictures that made it into our calendar for 2017.

The Cover

Cover – The cover picture, for once, does not contain an image of Stuart and I.  We had nothing suitable, but we do have a juvenile delinquent on our hands who systematically tears apart the tree he is sitting in, littering the ground below with broken branch ends.  He is also known to play peekaboo with me in the morning, hanging off the roof of the sunroom and peering into the room whilst upside down.

January’s Image – Lazy Clouds on Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

January – This image was taken in October 2015 on our last visit to Liarn Farm Cottages, Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire.  During the 2 week we were there, we were to take the decision to consider coming to Australia.  We were also really fortunate with both the weather and the Autumn colours.  This was one of those wonderful days where we started the day with dense fog and total calm which was gradually burnt off during midday.  If you went out along the loch, you would cycle (we were on our bikes/trike) out of the dense fog and into the glorious sunshine.

February’s Image – The Back Garden, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

February – February’s image was taken in our ‘back garden’ literally back in July of this year (2016).  That was our winter and we had been in the house about a fortnight when I was fortunate enough to capture this shot.

March’s Image – Way Out East, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

March – Titled “Way Out East”, it is our track and heads out east.  To the right you have one of the stable blocks here, behind us is everything else.  It was taken at the end of July on another glorious winter’s morning  (Yeh, I know, it’s hard getting your head around that one, we are struggling with it as well) and I just love the long shadows and contrast in the shot.

April’s Image – Autumnal Light, Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

April – April for us will be Autumn and we felt it suitable to have an Autumnal shot in.  Loch Rannoch provided a suitable shot last October with the light reflecting through a silver birch tree against the most amazingly calm loch surface.

May’s Image – Spring Colours, Whitegate Way, Cheshire (May 2016)

May – May’s picture was taken in May 2016, less than a week before we left the UK.  It was another beautiful Spring morning on my daily walk along the Whitegate Way, (Cheshire) with Dusty, the Irish Wolfhound our landlady owned, but who I walked, or more accurately was escorted by…

June’s Image – Spring has Sprung, Spring Creek Road (September 2016)

June – In contrast, taken in September 2016, this is the pump house (for our bore water) in evening Spring sunlight in our ‘garden’.  I just love the light in this shot and Spring was literally just around the corner.

July’s Image – Frozen Tracks, Rannoch (March 2013)

July – July is the middle of winter here for us, and somehow, Rannoch station in snow, just seemed apt.  It was taken on another of our cycling holidays to Loch Rannoch, back in March 2013.  March and Scotland usually mean cold weather and this holiday was no exception.  Cycling along car tyre tracks and leaving pedal imprints in the snow, we were the only people at the station.  This is looking north heading for Fort William were you to catch one of the 5 or 6 trains a day that pass through the station.

August’s Image – Ghost Trees, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

August – We were struck by the amazingly white tree trunks of these native Eucalyptus Gum Trees when we first arrived in Canberra, but not knowing what the trees were, Stuart renamed them “Ghost Trees” and the name stuck.  Here, again in our ‘back garden’ and surrounded by native woodland, this picture was taken back in Mid-winter and somehow seems appropriate.  August after, all is still a very cold month here.

September’s Image – Silhouette & Shadows, Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

September – Another from a series taken in very cold mornings, and again in ‘our back garden’.  this time a different Gum tree, but it is still a striking tree.  We have a number of these majestic trees dotted around the place.

October’s Image – A Foggy Forest, Loch Rannoch (October 2015)

October – A week of fog and glorious Autumnal weather on Loch Rannoch and more of those fantastic reflections on our last visit to Liarn Farm Cottages.

November’s Image – In Reflection, The Road to Rannoch (October 2015)

November – The road ahead and in the reflection, the road just travelled, Loch Rannoch, last October.  Somehow it just seemed to claim the November spot by itself.

December’s Image – Twinned with… Spring Creek Road (July 2016)

December – Many moons ago, we were camping over Christmas and New Year on a campsite in Glencoe, Scotland.  Our Christmas Day walk was heralded by the most amazing hoar frost and there was one photograph in particular that we loved; a picture of two trees backlight and covered in hoar frost.  The background was split with rays of sunshine and shadows, that followed the fence line back up the mountainside… It was Christmas Day 2005 and the walk was on the Clashgour Estate, Argyll and Bute, Scotland.  Stuart fancied this updated Australian version taken in our Winter as the Christmas photo.  We are still struggling to get our heads around Christmas, the longest day of the year, and Summer all being at once.  A hot Christmas is just weird (so far!).

It’s Finally Calendar Time

We have had one of those weeks rounding up images for the calendar.  You know when you are positive that you have seen the an image and now can’t find it… well, we have spent the entire week like that.  I know I had that image, it should be here.  It was here, look I know it is here somewhere, they are in numerical order, how hard can it be?
I have a filing system.
I think it needs reviewing.
I used to have some proper software (ACDSEE Pro) to so this for me, but after one too many computer rebuilds and another version of MS Windows, it no longer worked that well, I couldn’t be that bothered because the images I was taking at the time were ‘mundane’ for me and I wanted to rearrange the top level of my filing system and that threw out the indexing for the software and so I stopped using it.  It just wasn’t needed.
Well, it wasn’t until we came out to Australia and now I suspect it probably is again…
But I have a really simple filing system under the document location called “Pictures”.  There is a folder called ‘Holidays’, then there is a sub-folder called ‘2015-10 – Scotland, Loch Rannoch’.  So guess where we went in October 2015?  You got it, Loch Rannoch in Scotland.
It works really well…
   …until you get to the folder called ‘To Be Sorted’.
And then there are the sub-folders ‘UK’ and ‘Australia’, then sub-folders called ‘Camera’, ‘EOS Camera’, ‘Tablet’ and finally ‘Phone’.  Life now gets more complicated because under camera, there really ought to be 2 more sub-folders… One for the camera I carry around (my new Canon Powershot G7X that Stuart bought me last Christmas) and the old camera that he carries around (my old Canon Powershot G15).  Otherwise there are problems with file numbers clashing.
A few days later…
So the calendars are done.  Another year accounted for in pictures, to some degree.  That witling down to the final 13 images.  13 I hear you say, she can’t count.  What calendar is she using?  Have you forgotten the front cover?  That picture you never really notice or look at for long?  Yep I hear you confess… 13 pictures.
It is so hard coming up with them you know.  Making sure they are of good enough quality, that they mean something to you and are relevant.  That they count.  That they are something you want to look at for a month and more importantly, in the right season.  And so this year, things are slightly more complicated than normal.  My seasons are all in a muddle.  February is our August, March our September, and December our June…  And so we have decided to mix and match this year and not even keep to the correct country.  So there are UK winter photos in the UK summer/Australian winter and Australian winter photos in the UK winter/Australian summer time.  Confused?  Oh you will be.  So what photos have we chosen?  You will have to wait and see, but I thought I would share a few of the ‘rejects’ with you instead.

And so as you can see, we have had a hard time choosing the pictures we wanted for the calendar.  If you hover over the photo or click on it and view them larger, you will get to see why we rejected it.

And then there is the complication of the UK and Australia.  If I get them all printed in the UK and a few posted to Australia, will an A3 calendar arrive in tact?  It will cost a fortune I hear you say.  Yep it would.  And so, the UK ones are printed by PhotoBox UK and posted to the UK only, paid for on our UK credit card (at least it keeps our credit rating/history going) and 2 brave family members have volunteered to deliver them for us (or post them on as needed).  And then I have signed up for PhotoBox Australia and set up an account here, created the calendar a second time and paid for them in AUD $ on our Australian credit card and had them posted to our Australian Post Collect Address.  At least that way ours will have the Australian bank holidays on it and not the British ones!