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

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

Serenity Circle – July 2020

Welcome to July’s Serenity Circle.

Please note: The girls in the Serenity Circle group are taking a break from posting for a short time. We would like to thank everyone who follows the circle each month and encourage you to stay posted because this is not goodbye, but rather “bye for now”. We hope to resume again in January 2021.

A couple of months ago, I enrolled on a documentary workshop hoping it would help me record these historic times through photography.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to connect with this workshop for some reason or other.

Nature photography

When it comes to nature photography however, I could lose myself for hours shooting and editing this particular genre. It’s a real fine creative outlet and beautiful pastime—I’d be lost without it.

The difference between ‘documentary’ and ‘nature’ photography

Documentary photography involves observation, anticipation and thinking quickly on your feet during the unfolding of a scene which may or may not be action-packed. It’s more edgy than nature photography and gets the adrenalin pumping.

Nature photography is much slower in pace and affords time to relax and ponder a scene. It teaches you to slow down and appreciate the beauty that is all around you; to find beauty even in the mundane. Because the scene isn’t quickly evolving and changing (like it so often does with documentary-style photography), there is time to walk around your subject, observe and experiment with various heights, angles, artistic settings and lighting at leisure.

Finding my niche

I enjoy being outdoors whether in the wide open countryside or in the garden. I love the sweet scents of summer wafting in the breeze, the sound of birds chirping happily in the tree tops, and the rich colours and tones of the surrounding plants and flowers. Being able to wander leisurely amongst nature with my camera is where I feel most at ease photography-wise.

Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.


I’d love to learn the skills required to successfully carry off documentary photography, but I may have to accept that perhaps….. just perhaps this particular genre—which I so admire in the work of others—may not be suited to me…. or perhaps not in this moment in time. The last thing I need right now is having to anticipate additional situations; I’m finding it difficult enough anticipating food shopping amdist COVID, lol! 😜 😆

We are much smaller in number this week but not deterred ☺. I’m reminded of a quote by Beau Taplin which says:

Whoever said the small things don’t matter has never seen a match start a bushfire!

Next to share some serenity moments this month is Nancy Armstrong, Kansas City Fine Art Photographer with her post “Ad astra per aspera” which sounds really intriguing! Nancy is a very thought-provoking writer who has a beautiful way with words and an equally talented way of capturing fine art photography which captures people’s attention. You are in for a real treat. Enjoy! Ad astra per aspera.

About the Serenity Circle:  We are a collaborative group of photographers from various parts of the world—some working professionals, others hobbyists like myself. 

The Serenity Circle represents a wide range of photography genres with the common theme being serenity moments experienced and captured during the past month.  This particular circle was established in April 2015 and is one of the longest—if not the longest—running circle of its kind online.  It was set up by Nadeen Flynn, multi-genre photographer and teacher from Northern California.

The Serenity Circle goes live on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.