Exploring Kingholm Quay, Dumfries

My first photographs taken at Kingholm Quay in Dumfries, about 500 yards from our house, will give you an idea where we live now. It was only several days after River Nith flooded the bottom of the road, so the wonderful expanse of marshland grass where the locals walked their dogs (and which I designated as a potential spot for environmental portraits) was covered by water.

River Nith flooding mashland at Kingholm Quay

River Nith flooding mashland at Kingholm Quay. We saw some people walking their dogs there before Xmas

Still I liked the soft pastel tones rendered by the diffused afternoon light spilling through pre-storm clouds.

River Nith at Kingholm Quay

River Nith at Kingholm Quay Dumfries

Shafts of dry grass swaying in the wind

Loved these shafts of dry grass swaying in the wind

Kingholm Quay was built in 1749 as part of the port of Dumfries. The port of Dumfries was at one time known as the Scottish Liverpool for its role in tobacco imports from Americam Virginia and later in the early 1800s as a place from which emigrant ships sailed to the colonies, particularly Canada. Despite its illustrious past Kingholm Quay harbour suffered many years of neglect and only recently, in 2010, a team of volunteers from the port of Dumfries development group brought the facilities back to life as a safe place for inland boat repair and as a working harbour for leisure sailors.

I can’t wait for a warmer weather to organise a portrait photography session there!

Sailing boats at Kingholm Quay Harbour

Sailing boats at Kingholm Quay Harbour

Red boat permanently moored at Kingholm Quay Dumfries

Boat permanently (I think) moored at Kingholm Quay Dumfries. Loved the peaceful flock of the cock and hens - what a difference after the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham!

Kingholm Quay harbour used as as a safe environment for inland boat repair

Kingholm Quay harbour used as as a safe environment for inland boat repair

Boat stationed for repair

Stationed for repair

River Nith Dumfries

River Nith Dumfries

Flooded marshland at Kingholm Quay

Flooded marshland at Kingholm Quay, Dumfries. It will be perfect for portraits in the summer, I promise.

Muted tones of weathered wood and

Weathered textures - wood and dry grass