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The Scottish Borders

This is a wonderful spot near us, a farm so appropriately named, "Heatherhope". The rolling, rugged hills of the Borderland are beautiful and at this season purple heather carpets so many of them. In the case of this farm a local bee keeper takes his hives there to get full benefit from this vast array of flowers. I hadn't know until George told me, the water in this image was the source of the town of Kelso's water supply for many years until the 1960s and the reservoir wall still stands firmly in place minus the central section leaving a lovely little loch to the rear, a home to a contented family of swans. The vehicle you can see belongs to one of the gamekeepers as this is part of a large shooting estate and we had to drive with considerable care as there were so many pheasants and partridges on the road.

As you know, landscapes aren't really my thing but I so enjoyed taking photos in this area, you may well be subjected to a few more! Hope you think this one is OK?

Big "Thank You" to both John (lonely_onyx) & Mike (Hasslebladuk) for their much appreciated UAs for my previous posting. It does mean such a lot to me.

Tags: General Architecture Flowers and plants Heather Scottish borders Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: christinecilia, hannah0803, KBan and 58 more

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25 Aug 2013 4:32PM
beautiful landscape lovely colours. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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25 Aug 2013 4:33PM
morpheus1955 12 3 2 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 4:54PM
Beautiful landscape Ann, excellent composition, it looks quite idyllic

CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
25 Aug 2013 4:56PM
What glorious countryside, Ann, and the bees will make some delicious honey from the swathes of heather. Carol
lonely_oryx 11 61 55 England
25 Aug 2013 5:02PM
Great feeling of space and freedom
taggart Plus
14 47 13 United States
25 Aug 2013 5:07PM
Lovely Ann, so well captured!
fificat100 8 5 2 Scotland
25 Aug 2013 5:14PM
Such a pretty scene, Ann - love the road leading us into the picture.

10 10 10 England
25 Aug 2013 5:14PM
What a lovely setting to practice your landscape skills Ann - and a very pleasing result. Don't forsake your lovely flower images though - they would be sorely missed.
RonnieAG Plus
9 154 118 Scotland
25 Aug 2013 5:22PM
The heather is starting to transform the landscape again: such a characteristic Border scene here, Ann.
jaktis 15 84 Sweden
25 Aug 2013 5:24PM
Interesting write up and a lovely landscape

Philip_H 7 8 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 5:51PM
This is wonderful, Ann. Look forward to seeing more landscapes from you Grin

I love the composition, balance and light. A very inviting scene.

8 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 6:23PM
A beautifully composed and captured Border landscape Ann. I particularly like the colours of the heather as the make their way up through the image.

Regards Nathan
LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 99 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 6:39PM
Sorry to be the only dissenter here but though this is a lovely scene sharply captured I think it would be much better first levelled (slight rotation to the right needed) then cropped to take out a lot of the sky and concentrate on the landscape itself. I tried it and really do believe it works better. A vote for the potential.
Lillian Plus
10 23 17 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 6:51PM
So much colour in the heathers Ann,
And the overall scene/image works very well for me
sable 11 9 7 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 6:55PM
An excellent landscape love the way the road sweeps into the image very interesting narrative xx
andylea 10 37 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 7:54PM
love the comp ann belting colours and light wonderful detail a cracker nice one Wink
SUE118 Plus
11 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2013 8:46PM
A beautiful long and winding road.SmileSmile
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
25 Aug 2013 10:41PM

Quote:A beautiful long and winding road.SmileSmile
Just wait until you see that road from when I turned around!

25 Aug 2013 11:27PM
An excellent landscape Ann..Lin
Lovely lead in go the valley..wonderful landscape beautifully captured
dmhuynh72 11 44 3 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 11:29AM
tranquil countryside scene and nicely captured Ann.
Have a good bank holiday monday.
BarbaraR 13 22 1 England
26 Aug 2013 11:46AM
How I wish I was there, such a wonderful scene.
Lovely tones captured on the hills and great sky.

excellent landscape ann,well captured.ray
26 Aug 2013 4:13PM
I like the V-shape of the hills and the delightful sky. I am glad to hear the bee keeper takes his hives to the heather. bees need all the help we can give them at present.

Brian65 10 2 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2013 7:20PM
Lovely shot Ann.
26 Aug 2013 8:24PM
A beautiful landscape image Ann, the colours are stunning Smile
ChiliMan 12 135 17 Singapore
28 Aug 2013 1:57PM
This is more than just 'OK', Ann. Such a beautiful shot of a beautiful place. I love the clarity and depth you've got here...and I just noticed it's at only f8!

The heather is so pretty but looks even better sat amongst that lush green Smile

Looking forward to more!

28 Aug 2013 2:59PM
beautiful landscape and interesting write up
gwynn56 7 87 England
29 Aug 2013 12:58AM
lovely capture , wonder if that a farmers tractor going down the lane
Ayoob 8 Australia
29 Aug 2013 1:47AM
A cracking landscape capture with wonderful light and colours ,Ann.....Grin
Billyray 11 70 3 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 3:24PM
Hello Ann, great to see you back on EPZ again. My first upload today for quite a while too.

This is a cracking landscape shot full of colour and detail.
hasslebladuk 9 1 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 5:51PM
Great shot Ann it makes you feel like you are there
PaulLiley 10 2 13 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2013 5:54PM
Beautiful scene. love it. paul
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
6 Sep 2013 11:28PM
A beautiful and remote rural landscape, I like the curve of that winding track and that hillside covered in heather
brownsilent 12 7 2 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2013 8:50AM
Heatherhope - what a matching name! The Borders are lovely this time of the year. Hope to see some more of these wonderful pictures.

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