Falls of Muick
The Scenery of the
is now reissued
by the Deeside Bookshop at Ballater
and is on sale at various outlets in Aberdeen and on Deeside.
Seeing the Aurora Borealis in
Scotland and the UK.
Three Internet sites that will help
you to see displays:
Site gives best predictive
information about Solar activity and likely storms affecting the Earth.
Alert service for the UK storms
happening from data source at Crooktree in North East Scotland.
Offers Scottish overview of various
sites including direct link to Spaceweather European Aurora Oval map, the
Crooktree data and useful cloud forecasts.
Interesting article in
wheretraveler.com about seeing
and photographing Aurora displays:
New Stone Circle
under the co- direction of Professor Richard Bradley and Amanda Clarke
from Reading University investigated a site at Hillhead/Blackhills near
Tarland during September 2013.
All indications are it is
an unknown Recumbent Stone Circle and not a ring enclosure are previously
thought. This has been confirmed by Professor Bradley and makes this the
third site in the Tarland area. A
cremation pit with dating material was also found in the centre of the
The following photo shows
John from Reading clearing the possible base of the missing recumbent with
a flanker socket in the foreground.
based on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. In 1986 I began compiling an
extensive collection of my photographs when I established my freelance
photography business. I was a BAPLA registered
photo-library from 1990
There was a unexpectedly powerful display on the evening of 27th February,
2014 and the best I have seen since 2006. Images from that
activity are on Crooktree.com and
see the Links Aurora Photography article for useful information and links.
A small display on the evening of the 13th January,
2012 between 8-10.30pm.
Mid Deeside cancelled the course on the Wednesday
19th February at 7.00pm owing to lack of numbers. Maybe one will be run in
Please use this link for details:
Any questions about the course which I will be
tutoring please email me.
The Step Pyramid at Saqqara
© All photographs used to illustrate this Website are my Copyright.
photographs in the various Galleries can
be enlarged by double-clicking them.
None of the photographs can be
reproduced for commercial purposes but I am delighted for them to
be used for
require higher quality versions then please contact me at any of the ways
A selection of my photographs from my
Scottish, Egyptian and Aurora collections are now available for purchase
as prints or canvases from
I was delighted to have a couple of my
photographs included in a recent Birlinn Books publication The
Gathering Stream, including the front cover photo. The book is by
James Miller and is the history of the Moray Firth.
I was also involved in another project for
Birlinn during 2012, providing photographs for Britain's Last Frontier:
A Journey along the Highland Line by Alastair Moffat
The two Aurora Displays below show that
displays over Scotland can be seen during all months of the year as they
are related to activity on the Sun's surface and are not just a event
occurring in Winter on Earth.
Current activity has been low for a number of
years but is beginning to increase again as the new Solar Cycle develops.
The photos below are
two summer 2003 Aurora displays with Aberdeen photos below.
My own online library is now set up at
and I have further images on the
site, with some of my Scottish and Aurora collection in addition to the Alamy stock
is on the
Collections Library and is available for purchase.
Member of the Association of Historical & Fine Art Photographers
HNC in Photography
Formerly a member of
the Master Photographer's Association, Royal Photographic Society and
teaches Digital Photography evening classes at Aboyne Community Centre. Formerly
tutored a week-long residential workshop at Balmoral Castle.
River Dee and
the Balmoral Estate
I have experience in Press,
Commercial and Fine Art photography, commissioned work is undertaken,
and I supply the publishing industry with photos for the Tourist Related
market, especially postcards, calendars and magazines and PR.
Tomnaverie Stone Circle near Tarland
Under the banner of
Crooktree Images, I
have published books featuring my own photos on
selected topics. I am happy to share this experience of publishing with
others and my books are available through the Internet.
Philae Temple in Moonlight to left, with
jousting at Castle Fraser below and Massed Pipebands at Braemar Games at
I will add a new page shortly showing the 2015 range of range
of Kevin Smith's calendars that I provide photographs for. The calendars
will be on sale throughout Aberdeenshire but can now be ordered online.
KSCalendars.com or see the above page for additional details.