What I've been up to

I’ve not posted anything for a while so I thought I’d show of some of my better photos that I have uploaded to Flickr (just to show you what I’ve been up to). These are my ten favourite photos that I’ve uploaded. These are in no particular order:

This is a cannon on Calton Hill that points towards Edinburgh Castle.

There wasn’t a plaque or anything to explain it so I am assuming that it might have something to do with the one O’clock time signal. On Calton Hill there is the time ball that drops from the top of Neilson’s Monument so that ships in the Firth of Forth can see see it. At Edinburgh Castle a cannon is fired at one O’clock.

Edinburgh's Folly
Rear view of Edinburgh’s Folly, also known as “Edinburgh’s Disgrace”.

On the top of Calton hill is this is a 19th Century replica of the Parthaenon. Well, more accurately it is an unfinished replica – the money ran out before they could finish building it.

Industry at Grangemouth
Looking west over the Firth of Forth towards Grangemouth.

Helmsdale, Scotland
Helmsdale, Scotland.

Snow Dusted Edinburgh
Snow Dusted Edinburgh

Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh Castle, National Gallery of Scotland

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle at the start of Twilight

The Two Bridges
Looking west to the two bridges over the Firth of Forth

Sunrise Silhouette
Sunrise over Edinburgh’s Old Town

Forth Bridge (1)
Taken from the promenade at South Queensferry looking NE. From Wikipedia: The Forth Bridge is a railway bridge over the Firth of Forth in the east of Scotland, to the east of the Forth Road Bridge, and 14km (9 miles) west of Edinburgh.

The bridge is, even today, regarded as an engineering marvel. It is 2.5km (1.5 miles) in length, and the track is elevated 46m (approx. 150 feet) above high tide. It consists of two main spans of 1,710 feet, two side spans of 675 feet, fifteen approach spans of 168 feet and five of 25 feet. The main spans comprise two 680 feet cantilever arms supporting a central 350 feet span girder bridges. The three great four-tower cantilever structures are 340 feet (104m) tall, each 70 feet diameter foot resting on separate foundations.

Declaration of Independence
The quote is from the Declaration of Arbroath, commonly regarded as Scotland’s Declaration of Independence. Sir James Fergusson, formerly Keeper of the Records of Scotland, produced this translation to English.

The photo is of what is displayed on the wall at the Museum of Scotland: “As long as only one hundred of us remain alive we will never on any conditions be brought under English rule.” The original quote continues: “It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.

NOTE: This post was rescued from the Google Cache. The original date was Sunday, 13th March, 2005


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