At the top of Fleshmarket Close, there’s a bit more sky to light the scene – but a well placed street light helps provide some focus.
It’s quite unusual to get a sunset haar. It changes the nature of something that is cold and damp and depressingly common on sunny days when the wind comes off the North Sea.
Lighhouse, John Burnside 2002
So let the mist come down, let there be haar,
long afternoons of drizzle, months of fog,
that we might know ourselves
–such as we are–
Are you bowed down in heart?
Do you but hear the clashing discords and the din of life?
Then come away, come to the peaceful wood,
Here bathe your soul in silence.
Deep in the Quiet Wood James Weldon Johnson
Another from Warriston Cemetry. This family name is well known and lives on with generations of Edinburgers. Sir James Young Simpson (1811 – 1870), or at least his surname, is best known for it’s association with Edinburgh’s principal maternity hospital. This tulip, I think – I’m not very good with flowers, almost radiated light from it’s centre, and sat within the monument that marks Simpson’s grave.
1/250, f/11, ISO160.
Simpson was a pioneer in the use of choloform in obstetric anaesthesia and at a time before the NHS would provide support to the poor. However even as a well to do Baronet and Obstetrician his family were not immune to the harshness of the age. The grave shows three of his children dying at ages 2, 3 and 15 years.
When Simpson died, it is reported that two thousand mourners followed the cortege, and 50,000 people lined the streets of Edinburgh.
The final photo from a walk round the Gyle busines park. I don’t know which building this is. Edinburgh is not a city of tall buildings, so you need to get close to the ground to get any sense of presence from the buildings. I think the guests of the local budget hotel thought I was mad, lying on the ground taking the picture of an office stairwell!
1/100, f/10, ISO160
It was nice on Sunday, wondering around a deserted business park. I was on the lookout for interesting images using abstracts from the typical business park architecture.1/160, f/10, ISO160
More architecture………1/200, f/10, ISO160
Time for a minimalist architecture shot.
1/160, f/10, ISO160
Sitting on top of it’s grassy knoll, close to the Brothick Burn, St Vigeans Church has always been for me the epitome of a red sandstone building.
In this image, I’ve combined two exposures – 1/100 & 1/400, f/10, ISO160. At 1/100 the sky was white and at 1/400 the building was looking like dark shadow.
Someday I’d like to be there towards sunset on a clear day. The church tower faces west and the hue of the sandstone looks amazing against a darkening blue sky.
Mr. Buzzington Buzz enjoys nothing more than an adventure by the seaside. It’s nice sometimes to just sit and catch your breath. Taking in the salty air, and noticing the gentle wind on your face.1/640, f/3.5, ISO200