Anna Henly - Photographer Edinburgh

Hogmanay 2011

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! I have started 2012 with the first of my New Year’s Resolutions – to take MORE photographs in the world’s most beautiful city in which I am so very lucky to live!! 2011 was an action-packed year again. I discovered the sport of triathlon with TRIPLE the fun, and joined Edinburgh Triathletes. A large part of my year was devoted to trying not to……..
In the middle of the night I kept reminding myself: “It can’t be harder than A-level maths”. This no-brainer has never let me down before. So why was I still awake at 5am???? Seven hours later I did feel tearful as I sprang across the finishing line – not the tears of relief that I had expected, but emotional  that this seemingly impossible mission had been well and truly accomplished,  and now what???? My……..
I have just been awarded a prize for triathlon – hmmmmm, well not exactly for a heroic sporting performance…….but for bravery !!! Ha ha!! Edinburgh Triathletes’ spectacular annular Honeystinger triathlon at Gullane Beach this weekend was almost reduced to a Duathlon by the serious breakers. The RIB couldn’t get past the tsunami-sized waves and the buoys would not stay put. I had volunteered for kayak duty – with the proviso that I was competent in a flat calm……..
“TRY-my-patience”, chortled my husband Robin, when I told him I had joined a team of wannabe TRI-athletes. In typical fashion, I seized an opportunity to join team “TT Rookies” without a second’s hesitation. Though no slouch, completing the Olympic distance London Triathlon on 31st July 2011 is a daunting challenge for me. Along with the other 30 wannabe triathletes from Edinburgh, we are all novices at triathlon and have no real idea of how……..
These are images from a fantastic event organised by Scottish Cycling in Pollok Park in Glasgow: “Women’s Learn to Ride Biking Festival”. Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland and Backbone worked together to teach all the women featured below to ride. Many of them had never even sat on a bike before. The aim was to encourage women to get involved, feel comfortable around bikes, get more information on accessing their local……..
These images are from a photoshoot for Ben Glencross who teaches mountain biking skills to novices. I had to laugh when Ben thought I would be biking AND taking pictures…….Having Edinburgh Rat Raced with him a few times now, he of all people knows that my mountain bike skills are lamentable. I preferred to keep my cameras (and myself for that matter)  in one piece!!!……..
Edinburgh-based oil company Cairn Energy sent me to Greenland during the summer of 2010 to capture images of its thrilling oil exploration programme. Cairn Energy is the first company for a decade to drill for oil offshore in the iceberg-infested waters………
Wishing all my family and friends a very happy and healthy New Year!!! 2010 was a wonderful year for Robin and myself with the highlight being our wedding in May, but we have both resolved to try and slow down a wee bit this year and take the time to enjoy life at a more sensible pace….I have, however, taken the precaution of setting myself some more achievable New Year resolutions!  And thanks to all my nephews for……..
Edinburgh’s newest photographic studio is on its way! It’s been a few years in the pipeline but the diggers started digging in October. Award-winning architects Philip Campbell and Bengt Ericsson of Ericsson Architects, Dalkeith, have designed the “Whitespace” to perfection. Stanley Brash’s builders are building it! The new studio is surrounded by fields and trees so folk will be able to take advantage of the beautiful rural backgrounds on its doorstep as well as……..
I married Robin McBride on May 2nd 2010, a few hours after we ran the Edinburgh 10K! We were thrilled to be joined in the run by about 30 of our guests – once they realised I wasn’t joking! And very happy to have raised over £5000 for Macmillan Cancer Support………

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