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Looking towards Over Phawhope bothy

Looking towards Over Phawhope bothy in the Southern Uplands, near Moffat.

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Abandoned bathroom, derelict farmhouse

I stumbled upon an abandoned farmhouse when out walking with a friend in the Southern Uplands. Although it had probably only been empty for a couple of years, the climate had started to takes its toll, and destructive visitors had hastened the decay. This shattered bathroom typified the sad state of dereliction inside the house. I was fascinated by the textures and shapes of the wallpaper, dejectedly peeling ever downwards.

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Inside Over Phawhope bothy

Few pleasures beat sitting in front of a warm fire on a wet afternoon, sipping a wee nip of single malt. Especially after having chopped and dried out the wood for most of the day to get the fire going …

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The moonlit bothy

This bothy is at Over Phawhope, near Ettrick; miles from the nearest habitation and nestled deep in the hills. I was staying here on the night this was shot, and after hours of showers during the evening, the clouds parted and the moon rose.

Clouds raced from the west, rising over the hills and rolling, boiling and furious, across the almost-full moon. The resultant light was stunning: the flickering rays and backlit clouds forming a stunning three dimensional zoetrope-like lightshow. Captured by a 20 second exposure in this photo, the clouds becomes stretched and diaphanous and the moonlight brilliant, creating deep shadows and a wonderfully surreal skyscape. I’ve never seen the moon cause a lens flare before!

Blissful tranquility, wonderful natural beauty, and perfect solitude. Quite magical.

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Andrew Weatherall plays Autodisco

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