An evening in July

An evening in July

As the weather hadn’t been great all day we decided to take a wee walk up Arthur’s Seat (the largest of Edinburgh’s extinct volcanoes) before dinner just to get a bit of fresh air. Naturally I grabbed the big Nikon on the way out. We had got as far as the Scottish Widows building when the first photo opportunity was spotted, the water lilies (Nymphaea sp.) in the moat. Fortunately I had a polarizing filter on the lens and so had some chance of controlling the reflections.

Water lily

So there was me trying to take photographs of the water lilies, when Ulli said “Look there’s a tandem coming!”, I swung around to grab a picture. I was just was just trying to pull the zoom to frame the shot when the pilot said “Hi Kim”, it was Colin a cycling instructor I used to work with, and his wife.

Do you ride tandem

Tandem passed and water lily photos taken, we headed on to Holyrood Park and tried to dodge the flooded bit (we have been having monsoon rains recently). We squelched our way across the grass to the wee bealach separating Arthur’s Seat from Salisbury Craigs. There was a group of noisy German teenagers on the first of the Craigs, so we decided not to hang about, and set off away from the Gutted Haddie. I took a few photos trying to capture something of the atmosphere before we toddled on home for dinner. I hope enjoy some of the pictures below, if you like any of them, just click on them to see a bigger image:

Edinburgh Castle from Arthur's Seat
Edinburgh City and Castle.

Climbing the Craigs
Climbing the Craigs by the quarry.

Salisbury Craigs and the City of Edinburgh
Salisbury Craigs and the City of Edinburgh.

Salisbury Craigs
Salisbury Craigs.

Salisbury Craigs
Salisbury Craigs again.

One thought on “An evening in July

  1. That’s a great place to be able to walk of an evening. If it was in Germany it’d be swarming with people: I like it that Germans love the outdoors but it can get a bit crowded sometimes.
    The Rock Strata are something to see as well. I couldn’t help seeing it as a sort of geological car crash. Ironically.

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