1 Castle Fraser. Seen through the trees. There's a long walk with lovely views. This was taken in 2010
2 Crows on the fence. Crows, rooks or ravens - large and small we have lots of them in the fields of arable crops. They love to perch on fence posts, and then swoop on unsuspecting prey!
3 Dawn. Here, in the North East of Scotland, a valley is called a Howe, and across the howe from our house we have stands of pines that are often silhouetted against the pink dawn sky.
4 Dawn Chorus. An autumn event here. In October the migrating birds collect in flocks as the sun rises. A wonderful sight, and a great way to greet the day.
5 Hay bales with crows. Malting barley for the whisky distilleries is a big crop locally. After the barley has been harvested the stalks are baled. And the crows love to perch on the bales and swoop over the field.
6 October - and the hay bales are drying out, ready to be stored for winter.
7 The last hay bale! This one has somehow been forgotten ;o)
8 The Kirk in winter. Our village has a beautiful Kirk (church) building. There has been a kirk on this site since the 17th century, though this a later building is not that old. Here I textured a shot I took in 2010 to give it a feeling of age (and the cold of the winter)
9 Misty morning trees. The farmland of Aberdeenshire is dotted with trees. Small stands, larger wooded areas, and single trees that survive along the field boundaries.
10 In springtime the roadside hedges are yellow with gorse and then broom.
11 A crop we are getting used to seeing is rape-seed. Grown for its oil, it makes for bright blocks of colour in the landscape.
12 Rainbow. Catch the sun and the rain just right - and we can have the most glorious rainbows!
13 Aberdeen Angus. Aberdeenshire is famous for its Aberdeen Angus cattle. And we have plenty locally, grazing in the fields. Here I treated the photo to look like a painting
14 A less glorious sight - wind turbines. Big and small they are everywhere! This is a monster (30 storeys high) one of 5 that overshadow our village now.
15 Delgaty Castle. One of many ancient castles locally - by the main entrance there are two unicorns guarding the door. The unicorn is an ancient Scottish symbol, found on royal coats of arms. In Celtic mythology, the Unicorn of Scotland symbolized innocence and purity, healing powers, joy and even life itself.
16 Siesta at Little Loch Soy. Lochs are another feature of the Scottish landscape. This is a small man-made loch at Portsoy. It is home to many ducks - dozing here in the summer sun!
17 Ploughing - an annual ritual, and of course, accompanied by crows!