Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

Illuminated Arches - St Giles Cathedral - Edinburgh

Illuminated Arches – St Giles Cathedral – Edinburgh

Illuminated Arches - National Portrait Gallery - Edinburgh

Illuminated Arches – National Portrait Gallery – Edinburgh

This weeks photo Challenge is  illumination.

The first two photos are illuminated interiors in central Edinburgh. They both have stunning sets of arches which are beautifully lit with some fairly antique light fittings. The ceiling of the Portrait Gallery is set with tiny golden stars within painted constellations of the zodiac, and the whole thing glitters beautifully like the night sky.

The second batch of three, are somewhat less majestic photos of a few of the many ancient winding closes which lead off the Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. They were taken just as the sun was sinking, and I love the crumbling atmosphere they evoke, of times long past.

Byres Close - Edinburgh 2012

Illuminated Close – Edinburgh



Edinburgh Close 2012

Illuminated Close – Edinburgh

Jacksons Close - Edinburgh 2012

Illuminated Close – Edinburgh



About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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15 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge – Illumination

  1. kimtisha says:

    Great pics – love the closes of Edinburgh! My home is on one, though not in these pics.

  2. icelandpenny says:

    These are wonderful photos! Have you ever photographed the interior of the cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands? I think it’s called St.Magnus, and I remember being more awed (in the old, best sense of that word), more lost in wonder & delight there than in any religious building before or after. I had a rotten little camera at the time, if you have shots I hope you’ll post them.

    • I’m very sorry to say that I have never visited Orkney…..it’s on my list of must see places in Scotland though, and you’ve just given me another reason to go. It sounds amazing….I love old churches 🙂

      • icelandpenny says:

        Oh, you must go there! It is on my short list of places to visit again. My first visit had a lot to do with the strong Orcadian connection with Canadian history, especially our North through the Hudson Bay Company (which persists in names and songs and traditions), but the country itself is magic. And that cathedral is really special

      • It sounds amazing…..I would love to see the old Iron Age sites like Skarra Brae too….I love ancient history as well as old churches 🙂 You have just helped Orkney creep up to the top of my list 🙂

  3. Love the narrow illuminated passages/hallways!
    Greetings from our traveling family, and another passionate amateur photographer!

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  5. Northern Narratives says:

    I love old buildings. Your photos are great.

  6. Lynne Ayers says:

    LOVE the old churches – beautiful.

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