It is indeed white out for most of us, on Thursday, in the midst of sporadic whiteouts the lure of Arthurs Seat was too strong to resist…for me and a lot of other intrepid Edinburgers it seems.
I decided to walk around the base of Arthurs Seat and the Crags, a walk that normally takes a leisurely 40 mins or so. Took me a good 2 hours or more, as once round the first “bend” exposure whips drifting snow into my face and blizzardy white outs occur every 5 minutes or so. The snow is dry, powdery and soft under foot, reaches my ankles, but is much deeper in parts.
Am delighted that again once around the first “bend” there are almost no people at all so i kind of get the place to myself.
Dunsapie Loch deserted, no people and no birds, a thick porridgy sludge of ice forming on the surface.
Worth every frosty minute though, as it is so beautiful trudging through pristine snow with the occasional cross country skier passing for company and the world briefly muffled as only snow can.
Round the base heading back southwards again, people and all the birds in the park seem to be congregating on St Margarets Loch. An over enthusiastic bird feeder (in my opinion), chanced his luck on the slippery banks and thankfully does not fall in!
Up close and personal with an Andhra Butterfly. Found it dying outside my door hence the detail i was able to capture.
Is it just me or can you spot the image of a skull in amongst the inside wing pattern above? …and i was amazed by the long curly tongue.
It’s a Papilio Demoleus or Lime Butterfly. Not rare but absolutely exquisite. it has a life span of about 5 days.
Hmmm, inspired by a close brush nature last night…basically i woke up ‘cos i felt a lizard nestling in my arm pit area…yes folks that is correct…it felt smooth, cold and rubbery. Was mostly annoyed rather than freaked out as this particular lizard was breaking the rules, ie they stick to the walls and the ceiling and not to me!!!. Too bad i did not have the wherewithal to photograph the situation but it was 3.00am. ANYWAY, in lieu of evidential images of aforementioned incident, please accept some gratuitous fauna shots, mostly from my classroom window:
So many different types of Kingfisher live here!
This beauty is a kind of woodpecker and flies to and from the trees in front of our computer lab and believe it or not makes a kind of guttural Woody Woodpecker noise as it flies!
classroom inhabitant 1, climbing up my computer wire…
classroom inhabitant 2, on my desk…
…can’t do justice to the birds of Andhra Pradesh, if you are lucky enough to spend time in the countryside, you will catch glimpses of all manner of exotic creatures…flashes of brilliant colours, which i almost never am able to capture, had better luck with the kingfishers than the Palapitta of a previous post though…here are a few decent shots of some kingfishers…
Damn that pigeon!, every evening when i am teaching photoshop in the computer labs, i see the Palapittas (Andhra Pradesh state bird) flying into the neighbouring field. The Palapitta (the telegu name for it), also known as the Indian Roller and even the Milk Pigeon, looks like a regular enough bird when static, a nice turquoise/brown affair, but when it flies, it’s AMAZING…vivid blue/turquoise wings, a flash of brilliant colour…
Needless to say i have been trying to catch that pigeon (photographically of course) for years, still not done it to my satisfaction…its always too far away, too fast. Even my young students try to help be by lobbing stones at it (from a distance, with no chance of hitting it) to coax it into flight…like i said, damn that pigeon!!!