Here is this Tuesdays selection of photos from Edinburgh. This gallery was shot on Friday evening around 6 o’clock, and there were some lovely streaks of early evening sunlight, and the long shadows we would expect at this late hour. The temperature was dropping rapidly as the sun sank, and people were hurrying away in out of the cold.
The photos are all in and around Princes Street Gardens, with the castle looming over us from its volcanic rock. These gardens are filled with locals and tourists alike in the summer, enjoying some food or a good book, during their lunch hour. At this time of year though, it’s too chilly to linger for long, and brisk walking is the order of the day. There is a childs playground, and it was filling the air with squeals of excitement from the children keeping warm by having fun. There were also a few dog walkers catching the last of the days light.
These gardens were created by draining the Nor Loch which used to fill this site. It added another layer of defense to the already impregnable castle, but after it had been used as a rubbish tip for the Old Town for a couple of hundred years it began to stink. The filthy waters were drained when the graceful New Town was built, and these leisure gardens were planted. The railway line in and out of Edinburgh also runs through here.