A Sojourn in Nepal.


Kathmandu cityscape from Kopan.

Sunrise from a terrace in Chuchepatti, Kathmandu.


Boudha before the storm.


Girl in a green hat.

Girl in red, Pashupathinath.

Girl in red, Pashupathinath

A fine crop, Sermatang, Helambu.

Tibetan Monastery, Lumbini

Green tea, fresh and dried.

Across the valley to Ganja La

Hanan Goder, the 20th Ambassador of Israel to Nepal.


Photo: Bill Grosart

Flowers have been used to signify peace for millennia.  Lavender is said to be the ultimate peace flower, though many others are recognised as symbolising concord and harmony:  apple blossoms, lotus flowers, lilies, and white poppies are said to help bring tranquillity and peace to our lives.

Below is a link to a public group on Facebook, Flowers for Peace; you can join and contribute your own photos as the seasons roll by.

The following photos are from an album saved on my computer.


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Dorje Lama, Kathmandu, Nepal


The following photos are part of a collection of plants and insects photographed by Bill Grosart.

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Honey bee on Rozanne geranium

Peruvian Lily

Miss Willmott’s Ghost

Orange day lily


Star of Persia


Red shoulder beetles

Tipula (daddy long legs)

Ringlet butterfly


Tortoiseshell butterfly

Karma Changchub: Photos from

The following photos were taken by Karma Changchub in East Ayrshire.

Enlightenment, inherent though it is in the mind, seems so difficult to unveil. But if you develop fervent devotion and fuse the guru’s enlightened nature with your ordinary mind, enlightenment can be realized. Truly, to meditate on the benevolent teacher is a spiritual practice more profound than any other.
Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche



Bill Grosart: Five-Spot Burnet



Bill Grosart: Damsel Fly

Bill Grosart: Dangling Marsh Lover



Bob Douglas: Mid-summer sunset from Balerno

Bob Douglas: Pink Poppy in Malleny Garden

















Bob Douglas: Himalayan Poppy flowers against white sky.


Yeshe Dorje: Edward VII Victoria Park Edinburgh

Yeshe Dorje: Leith Docks from Newhaven Harbour





Yeshe Dorje:Two Saardhar Ji



u3a Photographs

Jigsaw post-processed on Photoshop by Bill Grosart.

The following photos were taken by members of  Photography 4 of University of the Third Age, Edinburgh. Every month the members decide on a subject and submit a few photographs on Dropbox followed by a viewing on zoom.  At other times, one member gives a presentation about some aspect of photography.

Our group leader, Geoff Gardner, encourages us to comment on the pros and cons of the photos which is helpful in allowing us to judge different aspects of the activity like lighting, framing, cropping, and other features of in-camera decisions and post editing processing using our chosen software.  
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 Bill Grosart:  Down low and close up

John Ferguson:  Just passing through

Geoff Gardner:  Painter’s palette, anthurium

Geoff Gardner:  tulip tree


Bob Douglas:  Kirkgate above Currie late November

Yeshe Dorje:  Winter on Holy Isle Scotland

Why I Love Glasgow/London

My name is Hilary Harris – since retiring from my catering business after 25 years, I have been fortunate to undertake some spectacular world travels. I have photographed some great images to capture these memorable journeys ::: but most surprising of all, is the beauty right here on my own doorstep on the south side of Glasgow. I’m ashamed to admit that this was largely undiscovered by me, until lockdown forced me to pound the pavements and I am truly inspired  by what I see right here, on my daily walks. Silver linings and all that!


My name is Robbie Jack.  I am a photographer and live in west London.  I have been working on a series of photographs taken over a number of years with the title Why I Love London.  Another project has involved taking photographs of my dog, Here’s Fidden.  I’ve had him for the past three years since he was a puppy.  I started taking photos when I was 10 years old – 60 years ago.  In my professional capacity I specialise in theatre, dance and opera.  The following project has been shot on an iPhone.  The amount of equipment I use for my work would make the shots of London prohibitive, therefore the use of my phone for the following photos.



Photographs submitted for the
University of the Third Age Photographic Group Edinburgh.
Subject:  Black and White

Yeshe Dorje: Friends. Nikon D5100


Bill Grosart: Bartek Dabrowski. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


David Russell: Giraffes on a Wet Day. Panasonic DMC-FZ 1000

Ron Smith: Ironwork. Panasonic DMC-FZ 200


Birgitta-Debenham: B & W Inverted. Panasonic DMC-GX7



David Edwards: Sawmill East Lothian.  Pentax Optio E10


Geoff Gardner: Union Canal Boathouse. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

John Ferguson: Prisoners of Power. Nikon D7200

Photographs by Yeshe Dorje

I can’t remember where in India I took this photograph of the butterfly. I was in a photographic shop in Agartala, the capital city of Tripura state in North East India and saw a photo on the wall which was uncannily similar to this one. When I was checking my photo against the one on the wall, the shopkeeper told me that no photos were allowed in his shop and he told me to erase my photo. I had a hard time explaining that the photo on my camera was mine and was almost exactly the same as the one on the wall. He didn’t believe me and I kept my photo.

I was in a sidewalk restaurant with friends with this dance taking place on the street. Great time and great food.  Toronto.

Liked the effect of the spring sunshine freezing the house, trees and garden which metamorphose into a winter’s scene.


An old photo of the burn at Hermiston of Braid. This was early spring and the weather was cool which is reflected in the monochromatic tints of the stones, water and trees.

Storm clouds over the Indian Ocean from Kalbarri south of Shark Bay, Austalia. I like the merging of the different shades of blue and the cumulonimbus storm clouds fronted by the mid level alto cumulus in the foreground. The beaches along the shoreline are generally empty and bare.

This is the Kumari or Living Goddess in the City of Patan. I had seen the Living Goddess in Kathmandu and didn’t realise there was another in this ancient capital. She didn’t look too pleased, but then she became the Goddess through her attribute of being emotionally detached from the world around her. Why she was out on display I don’t know. Beyond the wildest dreams of Kew are the facts of Kathmandu  …

South India and this surreal sunset. I’m on the roof of a Tibetan Monastery in the town of Mundgod where we were staying. This was taken on the day that the 100th monk had self-immolated.

A perfect balance looking into a garden containing a school and community centre. We had just missed the cherry blossom time in a town about 2 hours out of Tokyo. Such care and cleanliness is the hallmark of the gardens in Japan.

Many rivers run over and under Tokyo. I wanted to capture the light pollution thrown up by the bridge and buildings. The little boat provided perspective.

Again, a garden in Japan. This time in a distillery that produced all kinds of saki. The scene depicts serenity and purity and a continual movement of time passing.

Lotus in a pond in Singapore Botanic Garden. A place we literally got lost in every time we visited.

Could have been taken at a faster speed which may have compromised the texture of the water surface. Looks like a couple of cobs.

The Cloud Appreciation Society: Photos

The following photos were published on The Cloud Appreciation Society web pages.  Their intention is to promote the value of clouds in our lives and to make us aware of the infinite variety of forms in which they appear in the sky.  For a more concise description of the value of clouds, see their Manifesto.

COMPANIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS:  APRIL CLOUD OF THE MONTHYou’d think that an ephemeral and etherial cloud would be an unlikely friend to something as massive and immutable as a mountain. But they say opposites attract, and it turns out that clouds and mountains get on particularly well. Take these orographic Cumulus clouds spotted by Alexandre Bernardoni in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Each one has found its own special volcanic peak to befriend.

Cumulis humilis spotted by Alexandre Bernardoni over volcanoes in the Atacama Desert, Chile.



When a region of a cloud takes the form of chaotic, turbulent undulations, it is known as ‘asperitas’. The name for this dramatic, wavy cloud formation comes from the Latin for ‘roughness’. The idea for it becoming an official classification comes from members of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

Altocumulus asperitas spotted over by Kathleen Bubenheim over Stallion Springs, California, US.

[Text extracted from the website.]

A turbulent weather of asperitas clouds over Devon, UK.


The following photos were taken by members of Photography 4 of University of the Third Age, Edinburgh. Every month the members decide on a subject and submit a few photographs on dropbox followed by a viewing in a local library.  Our group leader, Geoff Gardner, encourages us to comment on the pros and cons of the photography which is helpful in allowing us to judge different aspects of the activity like lighting, framing, cropping, and all other aspects of in-camera decisions and post editing processing using our chosen software.  
A.H. Editor

Albert Harris: 1/80sec at f/4, ISO 3200

Benyapha Gardner: 1/85 sec at f28, ISO 400

Bill Grosart: 1/16 sec at f/7.1, ISO 100

Caroline Cruikshank:  1/640 sec at f/4, ISO 125

Geoff Gardner:  1/80 sec at f/4, ISO 400

John Ferguson:  1/2 sec at f/7.1, ISO 400

Rognvald Smith:  1/100 sec at f/5.6, ISO 125

Birgitta Debenham:  1/50 sec at f11, ISO 12800


David Edwards:  1/6 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200

David Russell:  1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 1600

Stephen Balmer:  1/50 sec at f/4, ISO 500