Gardenstown, Aberdeenshire

Hubby and myself went for a drive across to Gardenstown this afternoon. It’s been ages since we visited this seaside village located on the NE coast of Scotland, not far from Banff. It must be at least 8 years since we last took a trip out.

To my shame, I’d almost forgotten how beautiful this seaside location is – even on an overcast day. The village has a real charm and ‘old-worldly’ kind of atmosphere. I could have spent all afternoon walking around this place with my camera. I can only imagine how great it would be during ‘golden hour’ on a non-overcast day.

The harbour
Seafront

If you are ever visiting Aberdeenshire, please don’t miss out and do try and visit this charming coastal village. You won’t be disappointed.

Next, we headed to Banff. I haven’t edited the photos from Banff yet and may leave them for another post.

Tide coming in at Gardenstown this afternoon

In the meantime, if you have a spare minute or so, why not check out this video by Sean Ruddy. Sean’s video does not cover the whole village of Gardenstown, but it covers the seafront, as do my photos. There is a lot more to be seen in this village which I haven’t recorded here, but I’m sure you will agree from what I have shared – it’s a real bonny wee place.

Light play

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Confucius

Afternoon out

Hubby and myself ventured across to the other side of the shire today. It was nice to get out of the house for a few hours and take in the different scenery.

We grabbed a couple of salad bowls from the CO-OP at Old Meldrum and headed from there onto one of our favourite picnic spots to enjoy our lunch.

The sun was shining brightly – so bright that I had eye-strain. My eyes are extremely light sensitive and even with a good pair of sunglasses on, I still suffer on these bright winter days. We couldn’t stay at home however, and had to get out of the house for a while or we’d go stir crazy! I’m sure you all know what I mean during these lingering Covid times.

On the look out

The photographer in me is always on the look out for something interesting to photograph. Unfortunately, any time we passed something that appealed, I was never quick enough to ask hubby to stop safely to capture it.

No time to waste

When the sun began to lower itself in the sky, it did so really quickly, but before it completely disappeared, there was a good 15-20 minutes when it made a play between itself and the dark. The contrast looked beautiful and hubby stopped the car for a few minutes whilst I got out, walked around for a bit and captured a few photos.

When the ordinary becomes the extra-ordinary

I had a quick scan around and spotted a fence post with a blue tag stabled on top. It stood out against the golden/orange of the trees, and whilst not very exciting perhaps ‘subject-wise’, the highlights from the sun added all the interest it needed.

Reminds me of a quote by Bob Ross:

Put light against light and you have nothing;
Put dark against dark and you have nothing;
It’s the contrast of light and dark that each give
the other meaning.

-Bob Ross