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Cracks reveal Moon may be shrinking

Cracks in the surface of the Moon suggest that our nearest neighbour in space is shrinking.

Open Space: Seagull on the seafront by Jude Wilkinson, Hawick

Jude Wilkinson, a keen photographer from Hawick was out walking her dog Jasper on the seafront at Spittal Prom, near Berwick upon Tweed, when she spotted this seagull. It seemed to be standing on guard duty at a sign for the Lowry Trail, and nothing could persuade it to move. "He stayed exactly where he was on watch," says Mallin, "even though Jasper was barking away at him."

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Open Space: Glowing for gold

by Alison Cameron, Haddington

Open space: Good morning by Alan Arnott, Dysart

A SEAL demonstrates great muscle control in this shot, taken on the Fife Coastal Path outside Kirkcaldy. Alan Arnott arrived early to catch the sunrise and found around 20 seals bathing from the rocks, one of which appeared to be posing for him. "The sunlight is catching the seal's stomach and the lighthouse on Inchkeith Island, while in the distance the street lights of Edinburgh are still on," he says.

Open Space: Sunrise on Ord

by Douglas Scott

Open Space: Red Skye

by Colin Nicol

Open Space: Autumn mist

by Peter Chisholm, Irvine

Open Space: Frosted sunset

by J P Messer, Hawick

Open Space: Limekilns Harbour

by John Kane, Torryburn

Open Space: Haughty looks

by Steve Sinclair, Kinross

Open Space: A touch of frost

by Neil Macintyre, Peebles

Open Space: Bass Rock Gannets

by Lister Cumming, Ashbourne

Open Space: Mam Sodhail

by Larry Foster, Edinburgh

Open Space: Common lizard

by Kenny Campbell, Grangemouth

Open Space: Water view

by Martin Muirhead, Paisley

Time and tide by Christopher McColl, Forres

THIS close-up, taken at Findhorn Bay on the Moray coast, was captured by Christopher McColl with a Pentax ME Super SLR camera, just as the tide was coming in. "I took this photograph just before the pebbles were submerged," he says. And, in this picture at least, they never will be."

Open Space: Geese at Aberlady Bay by Richard Wells, Gullane

This photograph of pink-footed geese, set against a capital backdrop, was taken at Aberlady Bay nature reserve by Richard Wells. It captures a natural highlight of the year, the visit of 30,000 migrating geese, which scatter to feed on surrounding fields and return en masse in the evening. "My aim was to show how nature and the city co-exist within a few wing beats," he says.

Open Space: Stormy waters

by Dick Edie, Achnamara

Open Space: Fireballs

by Brendan Campbell, Aberdeen

Open space: Frozen web by Dougie Hamilton, Inverness

THIS image was captured by Dougie Hamilton in January. "The frozen webs were taken at my home during the recent cold-spell," says the 48-year-old, who was walking past a bike in his garden when he noticed the handiwork of the spiders.

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