I was beginning to think I was the last person in Edinburgh to see one of our new trams. Work colleagues have been cheerfully announcing as they arrive in the morning, "Saw a tram on my way in", my son was nearly run over by one this week, and blogs and Twitter have bristled with tram photos.
But yesterday, there it was, advancing silently towards me at the end of the line in York Place. I was the only person taking a photo, which confirmed my view that everyone else had seen plenty of trams already. Or perhaps it was the weather. Have a look at the photo again - dark, wet, cars with full headlights on. 8.30 am, in April. For the past week we've been shrouded in haar, that chill fog that rolls in from the North Sea on an Easterly wind. Midway through the week it also started to rain. Fog and rain - welcome to Spring! I took a photo of the utter greyness on my walk in to work - Edinburgh Castle is just visible at the left of the shot, and that was in a brighter spell.
You might think this wooden fencing is painted a fresh, leaf green, but it's whatever it is that grows when wood is permanently damp - lichen/moss?
If there is a bright side to all this wet, it's the patterns the rain makes running down tree trunks. I now have a large collection of tree trunk photos from my walk to work. I did get some strange looks as I photographed yet another tree, but thankfully most people were too enclosed in hoods and brollies to notice.
April is the cruellest month indeed. More water images, and T. S. Eliot, in my next post.