We visited the Camera Obscura in Edinburgh recently and really enjoyed all of the exhibits. If you like optical illusions, fascinating inventions, mazes, puzzles, and the like, you’d have a good time. I even got a pretty good shock from someone touching a plasma tube and touching me at the same time!
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.
This is a view down High Street in Edinburgh old town of the David Hume Statue and St Giles’ Cathedral. Photo taken relatively early in the morning, with local people off to work and tourists nosing about for good breakfast places. This woman in the red coat seems to be contemplating the statue or else trying to decide where to go next. Or maybe she’s waiting to meet someone. The policeman may be ready to start his day full of writing parking tickets. If you turn around, you’d see up the hill to the Edinburgh Castle from this spot.
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.
The last in a series of posts about the Dunfermline Abbey. I was impressed by the solidity of this door and the staggered arches. Romanesque architecture relied on semicircular arches to support the massive and thick walls.
It was twilight in the church of Dunfermline Abbey as I hastily took this photo. Besides a couple lights along the walls, the ancient church was dark and silent. This part of the church is not used, so the interior of the building is completely empty of pews, altars, paintings, statues. Imagine the echoing footsteps of the last tourists of the day, the last cold rays of January light filtering down from the small high windows, the solid pillars keeping watch over the royal graves inside. Robert the Bruce, the king of Scotland from 1306 to 1329, lies here.