One of the great things about having a dog is that you get out to walk. We are so lucky to have such brilliant places to walk in inverclyde and we also have gorgeous scenery.
It's no wonder that inverclyde is often used by the film industry when they need particularly scottish scenery but without the expense of going all the way to the highlands
One of our favourite walks is the Greenock cut up in the hills behind Inverkip. The cut is actually a piece of inverclydes history. Civil Engineer Robert Thom designed an innovative reservoir system to get water from the hills behind Greenock down to the rapidly expanding industries in the town. In the 19th and early 20th Century Greenock was a hive of industry with many woolen and grain mills and sugar refineries all making use of the water supply.
Eventually electricity took over as the main power source for the factories and the cut has now become a nature area. It's part of Clyde Muirsheil Regional park who's rangers provide education on all the creatures and plants that you can see along the way at their ranger base.
I'm not much of a landscape photographer - I just dont have the eye for the big picture but I do love the details especially when the light is this brilliant. My favourite technique is contr-jour when you use the light from behind the subject to create a highlight around the subject. I'm also a big fan of the flare thats created when using this technique but I know it's not for everybody.
Please do take a walk up there sometime - you wont be dissapointed. And afterwards pop in to the Ardgowan Trout fisheries cafe at the edge of Loch Thom for lovely hot drink - it's dog friendly and you will have earned it.