Picture This: Edinburgh’s Old Town Majesty

by Keith Savage · 11 comments


On the walls of Edinburgh’s Old Town buildings, afternoon light matured into dusk. Skeletal trees on the brink of spring clattered in the sharp winds. Flags snapped overhead. I stood in the gulf between ages: Princes Street Gardens, the site of the old Nor’ Loch, once a reeking cesspool of filth and disease. Today it’s a liminal green space dividing old from the really old.

There’s a tension between Edinburgh’s towns here, like being in the gap between two poles of the same magnetic character. It’s a small joy being on the brink of something. Gilded in the late afternoon light and perched on the bones of an old volcano, the Old Town is an old definition of majesty.

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wjingyiNo Gravatar April 25, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I absolutely love Edinburgh! Stayed there for a year and always itching to go back one day. There’s no place could compare to Scotland with the vast mountains, rivers, castles and not forgetting the rain šŸ™‚

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 26, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Agreed, though I haven’t been to New Zealand. I’ve heard a lot of comparison between the two.

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Lorna - the roamanticsNo Gravatar April 25, 2011 at 4:35 AM

wow that’s absolutely beautiful keith! and your description of the scene is gorgeous as well! love it šŸ™‚

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Matt | ExpertVagabondNo Gravatar April 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Wow. Those buildings are insane.

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SophieNo Gravatar April 23, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Great shot! Looks like captured on a fairy land.

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KatherinaNo Gravatar April 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

How do you get such a brilliant light? Really, great picture!

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Right place, right time? I thought it looked a little storybook.

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Roy | cruisesurfingzNo Gravatar April 22, 2011 at 5:15 PM

You’re doing an excellent job of promting Edinburgh. I want to go back now šŸ™‚

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 23, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Glad to hear it šŸ™‚

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ElleNo Gravatar April 22, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I love the natural lighting in this photo. It’s beautiful! I’m hoping to make it to Edinburgh soon!

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Keith SavageNo Gravatar April 23, 2011 at 9:40 AM

You’re in for a treat, especially as the weather is getting better and better.

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