An evening at the observatory at Blackford Hill, Edinburgh…unfortunately it was too bright to see any stars…but we got fantastic views of Edinburgh from the roof…
At the planetarium, they recommended this fantastic piece of free sofware “stellarium” that tells you exactly what you are seeing when you look up at the sky, you just enter where you are. Its multi platform and definitely worth a look.
architectural details of the observatory:
The copper dome: it rotates and each panel can open to allow the telescope a view of the sky, it’s like Victorian James Bond…
the moon and the gargoyle
the stairs to the telescope
I always say, you don’t come to Scotland for the weather…take last Saturday for example, a lovely day for here around 20 odd degrees, look, that is actually the sun, you can see it lighting up the Scottish parliament. There it is hiding beneath turf landscaping behind the dandelions or are they goats beard??? should have checked for that tell tale hollow stem (see previous post) and buttercups…
…and there is the castle doing the same thing, but oh oh, where has the sun gone???
never mind, even the animals are performing for the camera…and he can relax, rook eating season is over…
so anyway, knew it was too good to last, that’s THE WEATHER you can see rolling in from fife over the forth…i took it as my cue to get down off the mountain…
…and sure enough, twenty minutes later…
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Taking one if my usual constitutional routes, i came upon this bevy (or eyrar??…i just found that one out myself) of swans, i guess they were a bit bored with St Margaret’s loch. I thought it made kind of a surreal scene, like they had just come down from a walk on the mountain…
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…and i have started to see loads of baby rabbits, been trying to photograph them for weeks but until now its been impossible to snap them as they are very jittery, then i came upon this little one on a walk round Arthur’s Seat. There were 2 of them in fact, utterly fearless, gorging themselves silly on young plants. They were round and plump and a little larger than my hand, and they let me take all the photos i wanted of them…
stop motion bunny with nettles (without…as ever… tripod…):
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Tagged arthurs seat, baby rabbit, edinburgh, eyrar, nettles, stop motion, swans, wild rabbit
Its bloomin’ freezing around these parts, but it make s for pretty sunsets…
Edinburgh sky on fire from the foot of the Crags
forth road and rail bridges silhouetted by the setting sun, seen from up on the Crags…
the view from Blackford hill (click on all the images for better views)
Blooming Gorse (or is it broom? i mix them up…) with Arthur’s seat and the Crags, currently turning bright yellow with the flowering plant. The flowers incidentally smell a little of coconut and i have found recipes to make wine and beer from them amongst other things.
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Tagged arthurs seat, blackford hill, bridges, crags, dusk, edinburgh, forth rail bridge, forth road bridge, gorse bush, sunset, twilight, view
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Walking home across the meadows near sunset the other night. No lights are on in that building in the distance (Edinburgh Uni’s Appleton Tower i think), it is entirely lit up by the low (still) wintry setting sun reflecting on all its windows, it looked like it was on fire.
I only just noticed the tiny human figures on Arthur’s seat, you can just about see them, tiny little stick people right at the top – doesn’t matter when it is, there always seems to be someone at the top of Arthur’s seat – (they always make me think about the tiny coffin figures from a previous post).