Skywatch Friday - Cloud chasing from the train
On a train journey recently from Leuchars (the station for St Andrews) to Edinburgh we seemed to chase this towering cloud along the shores of the Forth.
It was a day of micro climates. The grey skies under which we'd left Edinburgh persisted until a few fields away from St Andrews. All day in St Andrews the sun shone, making up for our stormy day of a few weeks ago. But as Edinburgh came into view across the Forth on the return journey, we could see that it was not only still shrouded in gloom, but seemed to be deluged from the massive cloud above it.
Taking photos from a moving train is very frustrating. There's always something to get in the way, just as you frame a shot. There are few empty spaces along this stretch of coast. Above, quite by chance, I discovered that I'd also got a church and some flats.
And when you want to capture something, such as this boatyard below, it goes past in a blur. What you can see quite clearly in this shot is the shape of Arthur's Seat across the water, behind the white building in the centre (which I think is probably Chancelot Flour Mill at the docks).
Now this is the shameful bit. There are several islands in the Forth, and I'm not entirely sure which one this is. It may be Inchkeith, which was used to quarantine plague (and syphilis) victims. It was also apparently the site of a linguistic experiment by King James IV who in 1493 transported a dumb woman and two infants to the island in order to see which language the children would grow up speaking, with the hope that it might be the language of the gods.
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