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I’ve been meaning to ‘upgrade’ my fishing/general pottering camera for a wee while. After much research I’ve now got a lovely Canon S90 to replace the Fuji F10 I’ve been carrying around for the past 4 years.

First impressions are outstanding. It’s low light capabilities in particular are a good stride away from what I’ve grown used to in a compact camera (the sensor is great, but even better is the f/2 lens). Only thing left to do now is replace my aging (and leaking) waterproof camera bag to protect it from inevitable dunkings.. For some bizzare reason though, the best looking one I’ve found, the Simms Dry Creek, doesn’t include a shoulder/neck strap.

If any reader has come across a well-padded, small and waterproof camera case I’d much appreciate hearing from you.

For the rest of this week there’s a beautiful sight to be seen in the western sky at dusk. A heavenly triad of a waxing moon, the bright planet Venus, and the more rarely seen planet Mercury. I’ve only been able to spot Mercury using binoculars. Here’s a photo, in case it helps anyone who’s interested. Can you spot which is which? Click the picture and you’ll see my highly swish overlay to guide your attention.

As a true space geek I’ve been keeping track of the planets with the amazing (free) Stellarium planetarium software. If you are at all interested by space and the night sky it’s a must.

I can’t help but feel excited by seeing a planet like Mercury, almost hidden in the orange afterglow of sunset. Perhaps it’s the fact that without looking, you’d never know it was there.

It’s not fishing as we know it, but it does involve standing around looking at the sky (which just about sums up my fishing so far this season).

Was out fishing at the weekend. Didn’t catch anything. A bit rubbish really.

So rather than post photos of a high and dirty river, stoneflies and grass (the summation of Saturday), here are a couple from the weekend before, from way Up North. And I thought the southern part of Scotland was pretty…

The new fishing season opens in less than 2 weeks on some rivers. It’s hard to image it at the moment though. Snow lying just outside the towns, with metres of it in the highlands. Somehow the thought of wading through icy spring water in driving drizzle seems less attractive at the moment that I thought it would at the end of last season.

So my attention has been drawn back to making pictures and dreaming of a warm summer evening rise.

Glen Coe is quite possibly the most (over) photographed region of Scotland outside of Edinburgh’s Old Town. The sight of the great Buachaille Etive Mor greets everyone who passes by the Glen on the way to Fort William and beyond. She really is a magnificent mountain, endlessly photogenic and wonderfully poised facing onto Rannoch Moor. Last Sunday I spent a couple of chilly hours in her company, blessedly alone, admiring the blue glow of winter sunset and trying to avoid getting stuck up to my waist in the snow drifts.

Been offline for quite a few weeks.. But we still seem to be gripped by cold weather, with snow on the hills and icy breaths. The best solution?

Pie.

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