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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.

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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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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…):

more snow

Its like the arctic tundra round here, i dont think any other city has a centre that looks like this… Holyrood Park:

St Margaret’s Loch