Yesterday was the best day we have had in Scotland this year, dry with glorious warm sunshine and little or no wind and the perfect day for a walk in the hills of the Scottish Borders. And here a couple of my walking companions are approaching the Fingland Bothy, a deserted old house sitting high in the hills above the village of Romannobridge and three miles (4.5 Km) distant from any public road. Although we did not enter this building, we did stop here and sat outside it to eat our sandwiches.
"Bothies" are either very old deserted buildings or small shelters which are scattered around the higher and more deserted parts of Britain and which can provide shelter or simple "no frills" accommodation for walkers and climbers. This one appears to have some sort of water supply and also some primitive drainage but no electricity or other luxuries. Some bothies have raised platforms on which one could spend the night in a sleeping bag but basically they provide no more luxury than a roof and shelter. Most are free to use for bona fide travellers though a small monetary donation is usually in order.
The Fingland Bothy is one of about half a dozen similar bothies in southern Scotland and is maintained under the auspices of the Borders Bothy Association.
This picture was taken using my wife's Canon G10 which is a bit easier to carry around the hills than my DSLR!
You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.
P.S. I'm not quite sure if there's a problem here but, looking at this picture on TE it appears to have a very distinct pinkish cast to it. I have compared it a few times on my computer to the image which I uploaded and that does not seem to suffer from this pink colouration. I know that others have commented on this sort of thing before and I'm not sure if the fault lies with me or with the website - has anyone else noticed this same or similar effect?
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arnie (1803) 2014-03-13 4:02
A beautiful shot, very sharp, good depth and detail.
Royaldevon (31893) 2014-03-13 4:18
I can't say I have noticed pink tingeing but sometimes the sharpness appears to decline.
What interesting notes!
This bothy (a word completely new to me) has outside storage too! If you came by motorbike, you would be able to garage it!
This is a beautiful shot. Your walking friends animate the scene and one is even using his walking stick as a guide!
You have a lovely f/g triangle and the bothy is strongly positioned in the frame
The whole shot has a lovely clarity and an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Who wouldn't want to go walking in this attractive region with such lovely weather.
I have a feeling you will have taken more interesting shots from this day!
Have a great day and I hope the warm weather has continued for you,
jester5 (2024) 2014-03-13 4:58
What a wonderful day you had John. The colours are soft and harmonious, contrasting so well with a fabulous blue sky and your composition is excellent as always.
Quite a posh bothy too. Walkers would be thrilled to find this at the end of a long walk. Beautiful presentation.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-13 6:33
a shot that makes me jealous of the amazing weather and this wonderful walk. Been warmer down here but mist and fog keeps rolling in off the sea. A nice idea to have these quite substantial little resting places and shelters, especially in this open yet beautiful landscape. Looks inviting and you have captured it perfectly.
dta (69502) 2014-03-13 7:10
Hello John ,
You've perfectly used your Pocket camera , to capture this fine walking scene . The sharpness is exquisite , and the colors splendid , Under yhis superb scottish sun . Even the grass is not yet green at this season .
jjcordier (77870) 2014-03-13 23:46
Joli endroit pour faire la pause casse-croûte! Tu en as réalisé une belle photo joliment cadrée et exposée.
Nicou (126448) 2014-03-14 3:25
avec les deux randonneurs dans cette nature et la belle maison quel tons chauds quelle vue de nature et de plein air sueprbe iamge.
Bravo et amitié
wolf38 (31282) 2014-03-14 3:26
Hi John. Hikers in a remote area of Scotland. The photo pleases me very well because it has a lot of inner peace and beauty. Here I would also like to hike.
saxo042 (37596) 2014-03-14 8:44
A very beautiful view and a very good picture! Naturally I check the map view first of all, to see the exact location. This house is easily visible in the satellite view. This looks like e perfect day for a long walk. Regarding the pinkish cast I really cannot see this. I have taken many pictures with the same kind of camera but never thought about this. My first digital camera was a Konica KD-300Z and with that one I always had skies with a greenish tint... But here?
holmertz (43293) 2014-03-14 12:38
I think this is a lovely photo that should have deserved a lot more attention. I have no problems with any pink tone. The dry grass and the stone wall of the bothy may have a very slight touch of pink, but to me that looks antirely natural. Your trekking companion's white trousers, for instance, show no trace of pink so I really can't see any unwanted tinge. The composition offers several nice diagonals and your friends are very well placed. As you are aware I very much appreciate a human presence in most photos (but not necessarily all the time).
delpeoples (54189) 2014-03-15 2:41
Ciao caro Giovanni
You know what, this reminds me so much of Australia, especially the style of the hut and the dusty colours. The hiker in the scene also adds another element of interest aswell as the idea of movement. Excellent sharpness and beautiful warm light, which puzzles me that we are in Scotland.
Un abbraccio e buon weekend
Silvio1953 (127002) 2014-03-15 12:55
Ciao John, lovely composition with nice house, splendid light, wonderful colrs and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
macjake (58992) 2014-03-16 11:09
first of all, Personally I think the colors and tone looks just fine - I don't notice a large or an overt pinkish hue at all.
Having said that, I have had photos look more saturated, or less saturated on TE compared to my own on the laptop - so i know what you're referring too.
Secondly, I really enjoy this idea of a Bothy! I wonder where that name originated from?
nice to know some offer basic sleeping quarters and some water - very interesting indeed.
this is a beautiful photo John, the colors and light are splendid and elegant. the best day of the year certainly paid off!
See you around
willperrett (7688) 2014-03-17 12:21
Can't say I've noticed any colour cast on images I've posted, though sometimes monochromes seem darker than I expected. Don't get it. I'm glad I now know what a bothy is! Gorgeous light, and the rich orange of the rust on the shed roof probably benefits from the unexpected warm toning. Your chums look fit and determined. Maybe there was a pub beckoning them on...
annjackman (20385) 2014-03-30 1:38
You seem to be doing a lot of walking recently and being rewared with some great pictures. I love this with the two walkers approaching the bothy. The basic accomodation sounds a bit a grim but very useful if caught in bad weather. Lovely natural colours, exposure and sharpness even though not taken with your usual camera.
Best wishes, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (21184)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-12
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-13 3:45