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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

the bee and the observatory…

Up on Blackford hill for a walk, recovering from chicken pox, have to walk where there are not many people as am a afraid a crowd might gather and poke me with a stick…i look positively medieval…Anyway i found this INCREDIBLE creature…you can just see the royal observatory in the distance.

Ultra hairy all in the aid of catching pollen, they have an annual life cycle and usually die off in the autumn, so i guess this one was a little out of his time.

Similar posts from this blog in Edinburgh here and here and in India here.

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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