Each day, we scour our Instagram account in search of the most interesting POTD (Photo of the Day) sent in by you and, as always, itâ€™s a tough choice. However, we’ve managed to select Aprilâ€™s top 5 #brilliantmoments as captured by you.
Take a look at some of April’s highlights below.
The Kelpies, Falkirk
The official launch of the Kelpies was one of the most hotly-anticipated cultural moments of the year, and the opening ceremony – an incredible light and pyrotechnic show – didn’t disappoint. Our photo expert thought that the deep ambient blue remaining in the sky adds interest to the image and is the perfect time for low-light photography. He liked how theÂ show had been captured just on the edge of darkness.
Towering above the Forth & Clyde Canal, these two incredible sculptures are the centrepiece of Scotlandâ€™s newest parkland, The Helix. Situated between Falkirk and Grangemouth in the Forth Valley, itâ€™s easily accessible so be sure not to leave Scotland without at least catching a glimpse of those beauties.
Ring of Brodgar, Orkney
Our expert loved the splash of colour provided by the purple heather in the foreground and explained that it is what lifts this iconic shot above the ordinary. He also commented on the brilliant perspective from which @alemutti76 captured the figure standing next to these majestic monoliths as it realistically gives a sense of scale. The Ring of Brodgar on Orkney is 104 m in diameter, and is one of the finest stone circles in the world and the third largest in the British Isles. Impressive, isnâ€™t it?
The standing stones are a tribute to the Orkneyâ€™s long and fascinating history, which stretches back over 5,500 years. With the area peppered with more archaeological sites, such as Skara Brae, while there – you truly feel as if you’ve stepped back in time.
‘Any photo which makes you want to smile is a winner’, said our expert, and this is undoubtedly an impressive capture â€“ or shall I say a catch? With their colourful beaks and stout stance, puffins are generally quite photogenic â€“ not to mention adorable. The beads of water on its face tell us this is a very fresh catch indeed, he added. Spotted by @traralgondaveÂ in Shetland, this lovely wildlife shot of an Atlantic puffin carrying small fish in its beak certainly looks quite appetising.
Scotland is home to the biggest colony of puffins in the UK. They can be spotted on islands and sea cliffs in places such as East Lothian, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Fife, Shetland and Orkney so when nearby, join a wildlife watching cruise and you may be rewarded with a sight like this yourself.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
Our expert was truly impressed with this ‘lovely symmetrical shot’, and I, as a budding photographer myself, must agree as itâ€™s not as simple as it may seem to get that angle perfectly right. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museumâ€™s architecture is equally remarkable as are the exhibits on site, he added, and with the Central Hall built in the Spanish Baroque style, @ikeraudicanaÂ ‘shows off the curves, lines and grandeur of the interior to its very best’.
There is no shortage of places to enjoy amazing art in Glasgow. In fact, thanks to the world-class art collections and the regionâ€™s striking architecture, Glasgow is the first non-capital city to be named European City of Culture.
Isle of Skye, Highlands
The image by @sweitlana13 received most likes in the month of April and itâ€™s easy to see why, our expert continued, and marvelled at the ‘jaw-dropping landscape that almost looks too perfect to be real’. He loved the early evening light which gives this scene a velvety softness, and explained that compositionally, this shot is very strong, with the negative space of the sky mirroring almost exactly the green landscape in shape and size.
Thereâ€™s something magical about the Isle of Skye â€“ from wonderful and unspoilt landscapes with excellent views to an abundant array of wildlife. Make sure you donâ€™t miss it on your holidays in Scotland.
There are plenty more splendid views around Scotland waiting to be discovered, so to help us celebrate the countryâ€™s stunning landscapes, wildlife, architecture and more, and to be in with a chance to have your image featured as a POTD and in our monthly gallery, keep sharing and voting for your favourite #brilliantmoments shot.
Check out our #brilliantmomentsÂ wall for more photos from around Scotland.