Exactly this time last year I went to Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona with some friends. Breathtaking.
Here on the east coast of Scotland, in the town of St Andrews in particular, we don’t get much snow at all. If it does snow, it is just a dusting that seems to melt instantaneously. I love snow and miss it very much, being from the Boston area in New England, USA. A couple weekends ago, I took my kids to a nearby mansion & 70 acre estate called Cambo Estate. It has a national collection of snow drop flowers. I was curious to see what the fuss was about. On this raw February day, we strolled down the wooded path and enjoyed these delicate beauties, snow or no snow. I’m not sure how this year’s blooms compared to other years but it was certainly beautiful.
On my recent trip to the Scottish Highlands, I took this shot of the Glencoe area. The tops of the mountains were hidden in mist and there was a chilly drizzle, as you may expect. The stream was as clear as glass. The glens and hills of the Highlands are mysterious and awe-inspiring. Will definitely visit the area again.
Edinburgh Castle on a bright spring morning. I am at the top of the Camera Obscura, 19th century tower which houses the “World of Illusions” and also a device (called the Camera Obscura). This from their website (camera-obscura.co.uk):
‘The Camera Obscura show is a fascinating and highly amusing way to see the city and learn about its history. This unique experience has delighted and intrigued people for over 150 years. It is a ‘must’ on any visit to Edinburgh.
From inside this mysterious Victorian rooftop chamber, you see live moving images of Edinburgh projected onto a viewing table through a giant periscope. Pick people up on your hands, squash them to a pulp and even make the traffic climb over paper bridges.
Our friendly guide will entertain you while telling stories of Edinburgh, past and present, in an engaging and informative way. Our visitors are truly amazed at how, in this age of high technology, a simple array of mirror, lenses and daylight can produce this incredible panorama.’
Yes, I did enjoy the show and it was truly interesting how such an old device could be so clear and comprehensive in the image it produced.
When you walk down the Royal Mile in the old town area of Edinburgh, Scotland, you will often come across a bagpipe player or two playing for spare change. More often than not there will be tourists taking photos of him. I wasn’t much different but I wanted to take a slightly ironic photo of other tourists snapping this quintessentially Scottish scene. Edinburgh is a city well worth visiting, multiple times. Wear practical shoes because it is HILLY. Built on 7 hills, to be exact, Edinburgh’s streets will give you a good workout as well as dazzle you with its sights.
On a very rare snowy day in St Andrews, I took a quick walk out to the Cathedral to catch the scene before it all melted. The ruins of the cathedral usually look pretty depressing against the often-grey skies but the snow brightened up the scene remarkably, changing the whole tone for the better.
It was a blustery and bitterly cold day in St Andrews as I walked near the West Sands beach by the North Sea to find some good shooting opportunities. The breakers were pretty big, some even surging up over the railing where I was standing and getting a few drops on my coat. Sometimes one forgets the power of the elements. I made the photo kind of “noir” to encapsulate the mysterious power of the wind and waves.
I recently visited Dunfermline Abbey and Palace and snapped this shot of the inside of the Romanesque church nave, which was built in 1128 as part of the medieval Benedictine monastery. This place is one of the most important cultural and historical sites in Scotland.