Edinburgh 6 – People, steps and a view

This post is a miscellany of images that don’t fit neatly into any one category.

I had to include a couple of these shots of Scottish pipers in their magnificent uniforms. The one above, I photographed near Waverley Railway Station.

This second piper was a little further down than the Castle, in Castle Hill.

If I remember correctly, this sign was almost immediately below the Castle, at the head of a steep flight of steps. These begin on the Grassmarket and lead to Johnston Terrace at the top of Castle Hill.

I couldn’t resist this shot of the man in the photograph, leaving a cafe near the top end of Grassmarket, so proudly wearing his colourful suit and hat.

I could, I suppose, have cropped the young woman from my photo and presented this shot as an image of the monument to David Hume, the Edinburgh-born 18th century Enlightenment philosopher. However, the juxtaposition of the woman pedestrian, immersed in a 20th century kind of dialogue with her smartphone, struck me a nice piece of storytelling.

I had come into the Princes Street Gardens to enjoy the afternoon sunshine and to find a good angle for photographing the monument to Sir Walter Scott. As I turned around, however, to set up my tripod, I found that I was looking at an unexpected monument – the Adam Black statue of him as former Lord Provost. What really locked my view, however, was the woman sketching the Scott Monument.

The News Steps – at least I didn’t need a memory jogger for this shot at the head of two sections of a flight of steps that illustrate the hilliness of Edinburgh. The steps connect St Giles Street and Market Street.

I’m fairly certain that it was from somewhere along the descent down the steps (above) that I caught sight of the view below of some of the monuments of Calton Hill.

Author: writingandphotography0531

My name is Gerald Murphy. I am a retired local government officer. At the time of my retirement I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I had previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My main hobby is photography and, until 2016, hillwalking in Snowdonia. Sciatica has put an end to mountain walks and, as a carer for my wife, opportunities for photography excursions are now more limited. Since July 2022, I have started using this site as a photobook.

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