Travel Notes

Scotland Travel Notes:

I blogged recently about our fall trip to Scotland, more specifically about the beautiful city of Edinburgh and Arthur’s Seat. I soon realized afterwards that I neglected to include a few photographs that didn’t really stand out the first time around…do you ever have difficulty figuring out which pictures to use when you’re preparing a blog post or other photo assignment? I read an article by photographer Eric Kim, who advises that you set your photos aside to “marinate” for a while before you share them, and I tend to agree. Aside from making me a feel like grilling something, I like the idea of looking at your pictures (or any project for that matter) with fresh eyes.

Going through my notes from our trip I realized that I have a bit of Scottish soil envy. The deep reddish plum hued earth of Arthur’s Seat is captivating, and contrasts beautifully with the bright green grasses that wave gently towards you as though an invitation to sit right down in it. I’m guessing that this mountain’s former life as a volcano and subsequent layering of volcanic ash had something  to do with the color and richness of the dirt. Our soil here in the Southern U.S. is a heavy, orange clay, and it’s nothing you’d like to have staining the seat of your pants.

For this post I used photos that featured the soil that is so rich it seems to push through the ground and up into the surrounding brush and foliage. I wonder how many other people go on about dirt like I do?

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I couldn’t have summed up my impression of Edinburgh and the local countryside nearly as well as this quote  dated from the 1800s.

“It is the peculiar boast of Edinburgh, the circumstances on which its marvelous beauty so essentially depends, that its architecture is its landscape; that nature has done everything, has laid every foundation, and disposed of every line of its rocks and its hills, as if she had designed it for the display of architecture.” (Edinburgh Review, 1838)