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Adam Smith, Towering Over St. Giles

@historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUKAdam Smith towers over the crown of St. Giles Cathedral along the #RoyalMile in #Edinburgh, #Scotland
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David Hume’s Golden Toe

David Hume is regarded as one of the principal authors of the Scottish Enlightenment.
This statue is one of the most prominent fixtures along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, the cobblestone street that winds from Hollyrood Park to Edinburgh Castle, thru the heart of the “Old City.”
Visitors rub the big toe of the old sage’s foot, so that over the years the green bronze patina has been rubbed away to reveal one big, shiny toe.

David Hume’s Toe@edinspotlight @EdinChamber @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK

Visitors to #Edinburgh’s #RoyalMile will rub the big toe of #Enlightenment philosopher @DavidHumeQuotes statue for luck.

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Double Rainbow in Edinburgh

Our first day in Scotland in October, 2012:

DoubleRainbow over St. Andrews Square @edinburgh #Scotland@TalesOfOneCity @edinspotlight @EdinChamber @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK#edintravel #midlothian #rainbow #urban #instatravel #travelgram #photooftheday #thebest_capture #ig_masterpiece #nuriss_tag #awe_inspiringshots #pro_ig #global_highlights #igworldclub #ig_select #editoftheday #capture_today #waycoolshots #featuremeinstagood @instagood #igcapturesclub #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #tweegram #picoftheday #instadaily #beautiful #bestoftheday ©2014 paul@cohesionarts.com aka @driver49

Kilchurn Castle…

…is one of the three most-photographed medieval structures in all of Scotland. The others are Eilean Donan (maybe the most photographed castle in all of the UK), which we went by in the fall of 2012 on or way to the Isle of Skye, and Castle Stalker, which we… well, we missed it, even though we were standing on a vantage point about 100 yards away from where we would have seen it.
Kilchurn (it’s Scottish, so it’s pronounced “kil-hoon”)  was built in about 1450 by Sir Colin Campbell, first Lord of Glenorchy, on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.  We passed it on our last day in Argyll, as we headed back to Edinburgh for the last two days of our tour of Scotland.
And, yeah, we wanna go back…

Kilchurn Castle is a ruined 15th and 17th century structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
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#Scotland: The Writers Museum / Edinburgh

We have one of those digital photo frames on the counter in our kitchen. It’s loaded with all the photos from our trip to Scotland in October, 2012.  Ann turned it on over the weekend, and I kept seeing this image.  It was shot through a window at The Writers Museum on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland (which may be my favorite place in the world).  There is probably a name for this effect, with the circular lens in the middle of the pane and the geometric distortions all around it, but I can’t think of it at the moment.
#ViewFromYourWindow @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK @EdinCulture
#RoyalMile #Edinburgh #Scotland #UK #UnitedKingdom #GreatBritain #brilliantmoments #travel #ig_europe #photooftheday #thebest_capture
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#Scotland: Urquhart Castle / Loch Ness

 

There is a lot more to the Loch Ness than the legends of some elusive sea monster hiding in her depths.  It is the largest lake in Scotland, occupying a tectonic rift between the two halves of the Scottish Highlands.  The loch lies just south of the historic city of Inverness, with dramatic mountains all around.
In the middle of western shore of the loch stands the ruin of Urquhart (pronounced “urkit” castle, scene of countless clashes between Highland clans from the 12th to the 17th centuries.  Given its location on the famous Loch Ness, Urguhart Castle is one of the most popular destinations in the country.
The day we went to Urquhart we actuall hired a three-wheeled motorcycle with a driver/guide to squire us from our castle hotel around the loch.  Yes, that whole leg of the trip was our splurge, and it was a blast.  More photos here.
Urquhart Castle #ruin on shores of #LochNess @visitscotland #brilliantmoments #queraing #scotland @TwitterUK #scenic #travel @GreatBritain #highlands #digest

#Scotland: The Queraing / Isle of Skye

This is “The Queraing” – a unique geological formation at the northern end of the Isle of Skye in the Scottish Highlands.
I have been making a concerted effort over the past week or so to get some of my photos noticed on Instagram and build my ‘follow’ing there.  So I’ve been downloading files from my Zenfolio Galleries on to my iPhone, doing the Instragram filter/framing thing, and then gathering #tags and copy/pasting the from Notes into the post before doing the share thing.
The effort has gathered a few new followers, and I’ve learned a few things about the inner workings of Instagram along the way.  I’ll share some of that info in a future post (like when I’m sure I know what I’m talking about).
@visitscotland #brilliantmoments #queraing #scotland The Queraing on @isleoskye in @TwitterUK #scenic #travel @GreatBritain #highlands #digest

We’re Back…

A note to the Weekly Digest Readers:

NYC

I have no idea who the woman in this photo is. She just happened to be in the window seat on the side of the plane that was flying over Manhattan…

You’re going to see a lot more posts in my weekly digest this week…

It’s mostly photos that I posted from the week that Ann and I just spent in New York.  Well, starting in New York but mostly in Connecticut, a bit of New Jersey for my niece’s wedding, and then a couple of days pounding around Manhattan.

I’m still sort of digesting the trip… a couple of big takeaways are:

1) The prevalence of mobile devices.  I know this is nothing new to observe, but when you are in a city of like 10 million people and every one of them has their eyes fixed on a tiny screen regardless of what else they’re doing, it becomes that much more obvious that something fundamental about the way we live in the world has changed.

2) On a related note: when did it become OK to conduct an entire conversation with another person without even bothering to remove the ear-buds in your ears?  I mean, who does that? Well, a lot of people in New York do that.  We had dinner in one restaurant where we had a good view of the patrons at the bar, and we literally watched one guy conduct and entire conversation with the woman seated beside him, wired dangling from his ears the entire time.  Like, for almost an hour.  Sorry I didn’t get a photo of THAT.

3) Contemporary, popular music played on sound systems in public places like trendy restaurants is just fucking ghastly. I guess it’s just de riguer these days, the establishments have a sound system installed, put it on some channel, and then ignore what’s being played, it’s just part of the background noise.  But for the the patrons (OK, this patron), the sonic assault detracts from the experience of the joint.  It makes me want to leave (especially if it’s this godawful nothing-but-beats hip-hop stuff that is so popular these days, and yes, I know saying that makes me a very old man of the “get off my lawn” stripe…).

FWIW, the issue is not unique to New York. It’s a problem in Nashville, or anywhere else I’ve been lately.  It just seems worse when you’re already well out of your comfort zone and trying desperately to find some – well, comfort in an otherwise hostile urban environment.

The only reading of consequence you will find in today’s Digest is the first post – which appears at the bottom of the Digest listings – which I posted last week.  It’s the second installment of some reminiscences about my first year in Nashville, the year when I started “Songs.com” and a bit of what it it was like to explain the Internet to people who had often never heard of it.  Hard to imagine a time like that now…

Other than that it’s just photos from the trip, and not even the good ones – just the ones I thought to send from my camera to my phone so that I could Instagram them.  I’ll have to see what else I got when I get to the files…