Monthly Archives: March 2011

2 lambs, 2 sheep, 2 turnips and a crow…

St Abbs head near the border with England…

Sea birds nesting on sheer cliffs away from predators, they look a bit like penguins but are Guillemots i think…

Below the cliffs and rocks crazy people dive in the sea…

St Abbs Head lighthouse and foghorn, automated since 1993, always wanted to live in one of these, still do i think…

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hippodrome…

Three cheers for the truly wonderful Hippodrome in Bo’ness. Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema (1912)…For more on the building and its revival see here.

Was here for a silent film festival and a performance by the rather marvellous Neil Brand a pianist for silent films. Did you know that originally it was not just one or two musicians accompanying a film, but whole orchestras of anything from 10 to 60 (!!!) musicians semi improvising together…Amazing stuff

torness…

Eternally grateful not to live in an earthquake zone. Torness nuclear power plant just outside Edinburgh. Am no fan of nuclear power, but am always fascinated and horrified by this building which dominates the pristine coastline it inhabits…

Don’t know about you, but it scares me…

4 very short films…

being born…

flying…

wing span…

death…

all filmed in Butterfly World, Edinburgh…

dripping butterflies…

Dithered about whether to go to butterfly world or not. I prefer seeing things in the wild. But i went in the end and got to see chrysalises, and all manner of butterflies being born, living and dying all around me…

this one is recently hatched (?) and nearly dry, still dripping a bit though

This is very Edgar Allen Poe this bit, all these the chrysalises wiggle and move intermittently some are metallic and jewelled in colour, eventually a butterfly breaks through with a gush of liquid that seems kind of, well… amniotic. They are crumpled and folded like little pieces of rags until they stretch and dry, meanwhile their wings pulsate with colour as blood is pumped through them in preparation to fly…