As a fan of the “end of year” meme, thought I’d start a new one with a look back over the photos I took during the year. Nothing more than an excuse to flick back through them all and have a bit of fun picking a few faves.

So, here it is, 2009 – my year in photos…

What to do in January? Hide in the hothouse of Edinburgh’s botanic gardens, where you will find robins, also inside, hiding from the cold, but also posing for the camera.

What to do in March while your family are at the Spongebob show? Walk round Edinburgh in the dark pretending to be William Eggleston.

April saw a wee jaunt to London for Easter. Didn’t appear to be anyone else there.

May say an almost unheard of appearance of the Pallas Cat in Edinburgh Zoo. You can see more zoo photos here

Sucata Split

Also, in May, the small matter of a drive across Europe to Croatia. I took about 1300 hundred photos. Here is a but a small sample:

“There’s a Christmas tree somewhere in London with a bunch of presents underneath it that’ll never be opened. And I thought, if I survive all of this, I’d go to that house, apologize to the mother there, and accept whatever punishment she chose for me. Prison… death… didn’t matter. Because at least in prison and at least in death, you know, I wouldn’t be in Bruges. But then, like a flash, it came to me. And I realized, man, maybe that’s what hell is: the entire rest of eternity spent in Bruges. And I really really hoped I wouldn’t die. I really really hoped I wouldn’t die.”

I actually quite liked it. Very pretty. And empty. Which is ideal if you want to take photos at night. You can see more of the Bruges shots here.

And here are three-quarters of @teamgi, actually smiling in Bruges to prove it wasn’t that bad. From left to right, @thomam, @dougier and @aigwilson.

8 sad eyes looked backward down the hill as they headed to airport. There, below them, Dubrovnik, the jewel of the Adriatic and host of the Miss Croatia supermodel competition they stumbled into the night before.

Of course, it wasn’t all fun, there as the small matter of getting an ageing Citroën over the Alps via the Flüela Pass. No, no, no fun at all. And we met some interesting people along the way…

like Morris Dancers…

…and gentlemen with large red noses.

And my favourite from from the Sucata trip is this one, an HDR shot of Split in Croatia at night. Go here to view it large with a black background.

The summer saw trips back to the Botanic Gardens…

…and many trips to the allotments as my Dad’s new shed took shape.

September saw a cracking day at Leuchars. Amazing sun and planes.

Highlight of the whole year has to be the arrival of my wee nephew, here with his big lanky streak of piss Dad (love ya @khev🙂 )

And the day after he was born, we nipped off to Italy and a fun week in Sorrento.

Well, that was 2009. Happy days. Happy 2010 all.