Oooh look - a nice clean section. It almost seems a shame to start writing in it Seeing as I had these chosen in LR on 1st January, it's about time I posted so I can delete the collection. The first is our dear Chai, taken in winter sun on our bed. She was terribly tortured as a kitten in Romania, but turned into the most trusting and loving cat. Now a few from Scotland. I had the most horrendous first couple of days. Having driven from Sussex to Northumberland, my car started refusing to lock, my satnav stopped talking to me and my gear and I got a soaking on Bamburgh beach on the first evening. The following morning I had regrouped, went back to the beach before sunrise to find my D800 had apparently packed up. Twenty minutes later and I had pretty much decided my only option was to abandon my trip, when I discovered the button on the cable release was locked. With a now working camera, I rushed up the beach to get this. Then on to Castle Stalker, where I walked ten minutes, spent another ten setting up the shot, to find the locking screw on my tripod was missing. I rushed back to the car to find it sitting in the carry case. It rained the whole of the next day, but the following morning I was able to find the pine trees on Loch Tulla. My husband kindly bought my first two lenses for the D800, but he still doesn't know about the macro lens I bought myself. I have had so much fun with this lens and can't wait to spend all my time at the reserves this year. Red and black soldier beetle. Green leaf weevil. An encounter between a marbled white butterfly and a hoverfly. I stumbled across this beetle at a local country park. He climbed part way up this stem, but kept slipping round to the back (which was inaccessible to me). He simply stayed put as I gently pulled him back round and he remains one of my best bug finds of the year. Golden bloomed grey longhorn beetle. An afternoon spent with hubby at a new reserve and he still didn't notice my lens. White legged damselfly. Hubby also kindly sent me off for my second landscape trip of the year. I returned to Hope Valley in the Peak District, although this image of a ruined barn was taken in Staffordshire. It is now mounted and framed on the wall in our study. Winnat's Pass at sunrise. And finally, a trip to Felixstowe where this proved harder to photograph than it looks. The high tide was approaching from the side, where the beach fell away sharply. I got soaked up to my waist and returned home two hours later, still sopping wet.