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HRH Princess Royal

Stuart Beattie, director of Scotland’s Churches Trust, liked the portrait I made of him and asked if I might photograph the visit of Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (their…

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Secular mindfulness needs a rethink

I’ve been reading Christian literature again. This is an odd experience. Thomas Merton, C.S. Lewis and now Abbot Christopher Jamison have been working to make me a better…

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How shallow can you go

I have had an interesting evening torn between two shots I took today. Same subject and almost the same pose but one with what may be considered too…

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XF14mm f2.8 on X-Pro1 & X-Pro2

This is a quick post to host some camera phone snaps for a discussion about the new X-Pro2 and whether it has frame lines for the XF14mm f2.8…

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It was briefly winter today

It snowed hard enough to drive me back  indoors but by 10 o’clock it was all but gone.

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Robert from Poland to India via Scotland

Lovely to be joined by Robert on my lunchtime walk today. He’s off to India for five months is a couple of weeks.

Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’?

Can’t resist a quick comment on this article on BBC News today.Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal ‘own goal’. He says that assuming humanity eventually establishes colonies on…

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Two out of three of my green spaces under threat

Sunday evening and I’m taking the snaps off my camera. It has been dark and I’ve been hold up writing software for my Ten Breaths Map project so there…

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A future without species: The acme of my FameLab career

Today I gave my three minute presentation in the FameLab Scottish Final at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh having got through the Edinburgh heat. Needless to…

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The New Wild : Garden Earth

Way back in the 1980s I worked as a young researcher for Prof David Moore at Reading University on a popular book called Plant Life (OUP 1991) which I believe was also published…

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Hedonic Treadmill: Are there just Happy People and Sad People?

In searching around for a subject to talk on at FameLab Scotland in January I stumbled across the fact that I had possibly been misusing a very basic…

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Solstice? Not Quite Yet

I thought it was the winter solstice this morning and my feelings were confirmed by ominous sunrise. But I was wrong. It is actually at 4:49am tomorrow morning. …

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FameLab – First Talk

A few weeks back Edinburgh Beltane Public Engagement Network offered a free day of presentation skills training with Mel Sherwood. When I say free I mean it was free…

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Thanks for the bridge

I had a letter published in The National again today. The text I sent was: Sir/Madam, With all the noise and smoke coming from the “blamethrowers” that have…

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Botanic Cottage: Sutherland

Over the last year my main project has been photographing the people involved in reconstructing the Botanic Cottage. This is Sutherland who is the organiser of community stuff associated with…

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Handy Links for Geneva Meeting

These are just some handy links for me to present at a CETAF Information Science and Technology Committee meeting in Geneva, October 2015. What RBGE publishes Example Edinburgh…

First Audio Leaflet: Dawyck Scottish Trees Trail » Botanics Stories

Just posted this about the apps I’m working on. First Audio Leaflet: Dawyck Scottish Trees Trail This is also a test of the new WordPress oembed feature.

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The role of the artists

I came to see that the human imagination is not paramount in the creative process: that what is paramount is “The Creation” and He who created it and…

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Freedom of Choice

We are constrained by the choices we have made but the most constraining choice is choosing not to choose.

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Sister Coa Nghiem

I’m just back from a week at Plum Village. I’d hoped to do some portraiture but didn’t really have time. Retreats are busy places what with all the…

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Buddha – a life of and for peace

I gave a talk to the Uniting for Peace Inter-Faith group meeting at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh. I made a recording so I can improve on it…

Unsung Hero

Can’t believe I haven’t embedded this before:

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First of the Five Mindfulness Trainings

This is me starting to record the Mindfulness Trainings. I’m doing this so I have it as a resource but also to learn about recording speech and using…

You are not what you look like

Mia shared this because it seemed relevant to my photography. I love it.

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Vlasta Jamnicky: June 2015

Vlasta is the interpretation officer at the Botanics so she tries to bring order to leaflets and signs and stuff.

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Paul Nesbitt: June 2015

Paul is curator of Inverleith House gallery at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh a (surely THE) leading contemporary gallery in Scotland.

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Josephine: May 2015

Final day of the Wiston retreat.  

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Jerry: May 2015

Just having received the 5 Mindfulness Trainings.

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Roland: May 2015

Is this Roland? Looking out the door at the end of the Wiston Retreat.

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Demetra: May 2015

We had been dealing with some very sad family things and were taking time to walk in some very beautiful woods in the Chilterns to find space. It…