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I’ve been pretty absent of late. To compensate,  here’s a remarkably underwhelming selection of photos to tide you hungry sprites over until creativity comes a-calling. Third set from the zoo trip. Best,

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If you liked that and you’re into voyeurism – head on over to view the penguins right here, coming at you live from Scotland’s capital.  That is, when the cam is up and running again.  For now there’s always Youtube.

good morning


I feel like taking photos today.

the castle


Some of my favourite of Edinburgh’s charms are her cloudscapes and sunets.  The Castle’s neat too, but it ain’t got nothing on the sky.

Edinburgh Castle from the East, Calton Hill.  No need to edit with a sunset like this.

Edinburgh Castle from the West, behind the Usher Hall.

Edinburgh Castle from the East West, maybe?  Taken from the Crags at dusk – check your compass.

A nearly Castle-less view from the Crags again, taken from the same spot as the last picture, feet dangled over the edge, Calton Hill behind the rock to your right.

giants


Despite my reservations about exotic animals in enclosures and in Scotland of all places, I love Edinburgh Zoo.  Being so close to such beasts is such a humbling and tender experience and they are absolutely fascinating to observe.  Okay, so the masturbating monkey wasn’t quite what I had in mind, nor the final act of watching him wipe up the evidence and sucking it off his hand.  No.  Fluffy.  Think of the fluffy.

Pandas.  Everyone loves a panda, no?  With those dark, morning after eyes and big cuddly arms I could imagine being fine chums with a panda, through the fence, of course.  Their dark eyes present a melancholic, weary expression that hints at a sadness inside, and I want to cuddle it.  Of course, this is coming from the person whose childhood teddy has a scratched eye (traumatic experience in a washing machine) that I can’t help but see as a tear, convincing me of his inner woes.

Yang Guang and Tian Tian arrived in Edinburgh in early December, ‘on loan’ from China, whatever that means.  During our Grand Zoo Adventure poor Yang Guang was sick with colic so was off show, but thankfully a group of us were crammed into a small room to peer through the glass screen at Tian Tian, slumped over a rock and staring into space, eyes dull and sad (I interpret).  It wasn’t the most pleasant experience of my visit – though the girl talking us through was great – and more like gawking than observing, but boy was she beautiful.

These pictures were taken (through a murky, finger-smeared window) a few days before she too was brought down by a touch of colic.  Sad pandas.  Yang Guang has nearly recovered and will be back on parade tomorrow though.  What a job.

oh, oh, edinburgh


How wonderful it is to live in a place where the top of the world feels just a steep walk away.

the leopard


 

I’m making progress.  Unlike so many projects begun and discarded I am storming through my to do list like there’s hundreds of tomorrows ahead of me.  Firstly, I’ve reduced my working days, which frees up more time to focus on my creative hobbies and work on my personal development.  Seeing those extra days spread out before me, tasting that time to myself and remembering how to enjoy has brought me the beginning of what may be relaxation, something I’ve been striving for.

 

As a result – adventures aplenty lately.  Beautiful places, sunset walks and a trip to the zoo – needless to say there are photos to follow.  Here’s a personal favourite.

 

the leopard