The Kagyu Samye Ling, a Tibetan Monastery and Centre for World Peace and Health, now appears in the 12 Pics series here.
The first Tibetan Centre to open in the West in 1967, it occupies a marvellous location in a peaceful valley on the banks of the river Esk in Scotland.
As you can see from the images the place is colourful and bright. You can enter the actual Temple after removing your shoes. There are chairs along the back wall and it is well worth taking a few moments to enjoy the serenity and surroundings.
There is a shop and tea rooms on site but be aware that it closes for lunch. Now this might sound odd at first, but the thinking is the staff should have a lunch break too!
You can take photographs around the grounds and inside the Monastery .
The main car park is a short walk from the site. There are a couple of disabled parking spaces with wheelchair access to the main building.
For more details about visiting check the Samye Ling website here. The Samye Ling About page can be found here.
The best camera …… is the one you have with you. How many times do we hear that?
Now if you wanted to be pedantic you could argue for and against that statement. No matter how much gear you have (in value or quantity) is it any use if it’s not with you?
I happened to be out at the local airport and ..yep you guessed it the only camera I had was my smartphone. This was a slight oversight on my part because I normally have at least one of my cameras rattling around in the car.
So given the limited ability of the smartphone lens (the sooner they have decent zooms the better) I decided to go for it anyway and take a few snaps.
And my favourite of the day, an unexpected visit from a RAF Hercules:
These shots were taken from the perimeter, with careful placement of the lens between the fencing.
Not too bad for some shots taken on a phone, I think.