Looking At Edinburgh

25 December 2008

Rosebank: the rose remembers

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a rose in Rosebank Cemetery

Rosebank Cemetery, opened in 1846, is still in use for burials.

This photo is available on Redbubble: The rose remembers.

13 October 2008

Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket

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Edinburgh Castle from the Grassmarket

Looking up at the castle from the Grassmarket, at the height of the rock, it looms, though the rock is not as visible as it is when the castle is viewed from other angles.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Edinburgh Castle.

10 October 2008

Leaves in the road

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leaves in the corner of the road

This photo is available on Redbubble: Autumn Corner.

29 September 2008

Fence in a car

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Metal fence reflected in a car window

This photo is available on Redbubble: Fence in a car.

24 June 2008

City Clover

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city clover

Between two new developments in Leith, there’s a stretch of short grass rich with patches of clover. Just down the road there’s Ocean Terminal: and beyond, the port.

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13 June 2008

Cobbles and grass

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cobbles and grass at sunset

All over Edinburgh, the same grey cobbles. Between the cobbles, tiny valleys of dirt. Where people often walk, or cars run, nothing grows. In any area sheltered from traffic, you can see these tiny gardens forming: grass and moss and even flowers. Green is tough. This photo was taken at sunset.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Grass in the cobbles.

1 June 2008

Steps in Edinburgh: Leith

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I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Steps in Leith.

25 May 2008

Lilac: the 25th of May

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Lilac in Germany

How do they rise up, rise up, rise up,
How do they rise up, rise up high?

I took this photo (somewhere) about here. It’s available on Redbubble: Lilac in Germany.

Yes, technically, this is part of the Germany series of photos: but mainly I was thinking of Terry Pratchett.

He looked up.

Overhead, a lilac tree was in bloom.

He stared.

Damn! Damn! Damn! Every year he forgot. Well, no. He never forgot. He just put the memories away, like old silverware that you didn’t want to tarnish. And every year they came back, sharp and sparkling, and stabbed him in the heart. And today, of all days . . .

He reached up, and his hand trembled as he grasped a bloom and gently broke the stem. He sniffed at it. He stood for a moment, staring at nothing. And then he carried the sprig of lilac carefully back up to his dressing room. – Night Watch, Terry Pratchett, 2003

Terry Pratchett has Alzheimer’s. Sooner or later, every writer must stop writing: Death is the ultimate writer’s block. Alzheimer’s will steal not life but memory. Dementia – of which Alzheimer’s is just one form – steals memory, transforms personalities, kills everything that makes a person themselves before they die. Dementia is the Auditor: Death is only the end.

If you live in the UK and have the money to spare, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust.

(If you are a UK tax payer, as a registered charity they can claim the taxes you would have paid on this, which adds to the value of your gift: so, if you live outside the UK, please look for a research charity in your own country and donate there.)

They rise heads up, heads up, heads up, they rise heads up, heads up high!

8 May 2008

Carrick Knowe Daffodils

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I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Peeking over a fence.

28 March 2008

Botanics: Autumn leaf

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Sorry for the lateness! It has been a terrible day. 😦

This weekend the clocks go back: we’re all cheated of an hour of sleep. To celebrate this weird and awful thing, let me post a picture of autumn in springtime.

Autumn leaves

I took this photo here. It’s available on Redbubble: Autumn leaf, 1.

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