Skywatch Friday - gothic spaceship


The Scott Monument on Princes Street was described by Bill Bryson as a 'gothic spaceship'. Against a backdrop of exploding contrails this was exactly what it looked like on Saturday morning.

It wasn't easy to get this shot, trying to hold my wee camera steady against a southerly gale. And while standing in the middle of the road between traffic light sequences.


More bloggers risking life and limb for a shot of the sky are at Skywatch Friday.

And an update for Kelly, who asked about the Gaelic pronunciation of 'Bheniamian' (Benjamin), in my post Language lessons. I consulted an expert, and it's pronounced 'Venyamin'.

Comments

  1. Woohoo, that was pretty impressive stuff. That monument was made for you and your camera.

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  2. Magnificent. The title alone, then the image to follow in tandem just brilliant.

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  3. OOh, I have a new screensaver!
    Gorgeous photographs.

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  4. Wonderful shot! It could be part of Dr Who.

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  5. Wow - that's impressive! I remember Scotts monument from the times I was in Edinburgh, a very interesting and beatiful monument. Love the title - it really looks like a gothic spaceship!

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  6. Wow, that first picture is just stunning!!

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  7. Clever use of that iconic building.

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  8. I love the idea of it being a Gothic spaceship. Wonderful description. The contrails and light make it seem all the more possible that the description is correct. :)

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  9. Just Glorious!! They don't build them like That anymore!!
    Happy night to you!

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  10. What a brave girl you are!
    But the effect is smashing:)
    Hugs.

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  11. Brilliant shots! I've always been a big fan of got his architecture and blue skies, so a combination of both makes a wonderful mix in my books!

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  12. I've never even heard of this before, but it looks impressive in these great photos. If you hadn't written about it, I never would have guessed about the weather, it looks like a beautiful day!

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  13. That first one is a fabulous shot!!! Absolutely stunning!
    I love the back lighting and silhouette of the "gothic spaceship"!

    Here in Mammoth we frequently have clouds that look like contrails, but I don't think that's what they are...In your study of clouds, did you learn about any natural phenomenon that creates the contrail type of cloud???

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  14. Sweet shots. I get a really good feel for how the monument towers over the street.

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  15. Totally awesome photo! (Not eloquent like Bill B. but so very true.) I must visit sometime soon.
    Did you read Bryson's A Walk in the Woods? I listened to it on tape and would burst out laughing every 15 minutes.

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  16. This monument is massive, and you took advantage of these lights to do this magnificent artwork!Congratulations, your pictures are outstanding!
    *** Thanks so much for your gentle comment and visit in Bonjour Luxembourg.
    Léia

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  17. It does put you in mind of something from Heman! lol

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  18. Wow this structure is amazing! Great shot thanks for sharing and the visit!
    My skies

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  19. I'm impressed. This is a very interesting shot, great entry for Skywatch!

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  20. What a fantastic structure. I'm glad you didn't get run over getting the photo. Great shots.

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  21. The pictures are worth risking the traffic! Well done!

    hugs!

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  22. Thank you for letting me know the pronunciation of Bheniamian!!!

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  23. Brave creature for standing in the middle of the street for this shot. Gothic spaceship really is a perfect description of it.

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