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whiteout descending…

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.

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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.

IMG_20180301_144940_resized_20180301_063637621Whiteout descends.

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.

IMG_20180301_150830_resized_20180301_063607852Dunsapie 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.

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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!

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an evening at the observatory…

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:

P1180017The copper dome: it rotates and each panel can open to allow the telescope a view of the sky, it’s like Victorian James Bond…

P1180032the moon and the gargoyle

P1180038guttering!

P1180059 P1180060 P1180062the stairs to the telescope

meteorology of a walk…

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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swans way…

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…

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stop motion bunny with nettles (without…as ever… tripod…):

views from a hill…

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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