A few weeks ago Mark had spotted the closing date for the Scotsman newspaper freeze frame winter photography competition had been extended so I entered the frosty mule photo I took at the beginning of January. The successful photos were coming out as two supplements in Fridays and Saturday's paper, with prizes for first to third.
Imagine our surprise when Treacle got third place (winning me a Canon Selphy ES40 printer which looks both useful and fun, very excited about that!)
I do feel a bit of a fraud looking at photos where people had climbed a Munro in a blizzard or scaled a frozen waterfall just to get the right shot and what did I do? - Wandered to the end of the garden shouting to Mark "can you just feed the horses yourself, the light is fantastic out here"!!
The Scotsman's Picture Editor says - "The picture of the mule is just good clean fun, it reminds me of a saucy seaside postcard, if it wasn't for the snow! But, it is also a very well taken picture and worthy of a place in the top three."
So yes, neither the mule or myself can get our heads through the door...!!
"Mule laughs in the face of freezing temperatures"