Very early morning on a Saturday… The thing I was dreaming about was staying in bed and yet I decided, joined with two recently met photo hobbyists, to take a walk through Edinburgh almost empty streets.
It is not the real Edinburgh, as you should smell the afterparty and see the rubbish that is left, or the seagulls ripping apart bags of waste… Or homeless people sleeping in cemeteries or at the doorstep of St. Giles cathedral.
But it is the place I came to love, that I keep discovering each and every time I wander around.
Last Saturday I was leading a walk in the Pentland Hills. I love this walk for the views of Edinburgh it offers. Unfortunately, the weather did not allow us to admire this as there were low hanging clouds.
However, they added to the mysterious atmosphere and made the walk unforgettable.
4.6 miles clocked.
Today’s morning was fantastic. Initially I wanted to photograph the atmospheric mist and chose to travel to Balerno. However, it was glorious sunshine when I arrived at Red Moss car park. Still I managed to capture the wonderful play of frost and light. And did part of the Nine Mile Burn walk, which is definitely something I will explore further in the future.
Cammo Estate is a place that enchants in all seasons. Located in the north-west outskirts of Edinburgh, it is an abandoned estate that was partly destroyed in fire, partly demolished.
Every time you visit it, you discover something new. I am particularly fond of the Cammo Tower, which used to be a water tower powered by wind. However, you want to think that it was a mysterious hideout or a folly tower…
Recent autumn walk with the Strollers did not disappoint. The route led from the old Cramond Brig by the river Almond through the estate and back. Magical…
I follow a couple (well… dozens of) photographers in various social networking sites and they will always give you ideas of places to see or share some inspiration. Or more often, make you jealous that they got somewhere before I did.
This is how I found out about this beautiful alley of old trees. All I knew was that it was somewhere in Balerno (which is quite close to where I live). So when an opportunity presented itself to join a group for a walk there, I did not hesitate. I kept asking everybody if they knew where ‘my alley’ was and we got there! To my group’s amusement, I was most excited that I found this beautiful spot.
Today I persuaded a friend to go there to capture ‘my alley’ with lush green fresh leaves.
Beautiful as ever…
A walk hosted by Diane took us to two of seven hills of Edinburgh – Wester and Easter Craiglockhart hills. The weather was mercifuland it just rained a little and we had a chance to see the Pentland hills, and a vast part of Edinburgh.
The top of the hill also features the original Napier University building, which was used as a mental hospital, a wedding venue and is soon going to be converted into flats. We reckon, you will need a couple of million to get one of them.
Definitely worth a visit, my favourite picnic spot so far.