Winter Gold on Calton Hill

The liquid gold of winter sun pulled us up the slopes of Calton Hill. The green copper dome of the old city observatory was closed to the golden sun, but would open its lids to the ocean of stars which would soon follow.

A path formed of slanted light and shadow showed the way up and around these ancient slopes. Curling like a snails shell it wound around the hill which rose from the city towards the clouds.

A moss covered wall separated us from the city below, lit by the sinking light of the low winter sun. The Hill of the Hazel Grove has seen the end of countless days.

Rising from the slopes above, the vision of an Ancient Greek temple shimmered among the bare branches. It seemed we might have walked into the light and back into times past.

A circular nine pillared temple with views to die for out across the city of Edinburgh. But it was no ancient sacred spot, only a memorial to a philosopher from a few hundred years ago, Dugald Stewart. The light was fading fast and turning to shimmering liquid among the clouds.

Looking across to the East, Arthurs Seat and Salisbury Crags glowed golden in the low late light. Edinburgh and her hills are so closely woven, the shape of the streets moulded by the rocks which have stood watching, unmoving across the years of progress, since glaciers carved this land. Their beauty is timeless and we rested on these slopes, and breathed and watched the light go out of the day, and the stars began to show themselves, as they have done since the earth began.


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 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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16 Responses to Winter Gold on Calton Hill

  1. I wish I was there right now,

  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Fabulous Seonaid. The second photo is my favourite, it’s the ‘wonder what’s around the next corner’ thing I think 🙂

  3. The number of beautiful spots in your immediate area seem to be endless. I’m so envious for here I sit, looking out the kitchen window at snow coming down, thinking how totally devoid of interest this landscape is (at least today that is). I’m happy for you though … taking in such beauty is good for the soul. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us. D

  4. wildsherkin says:

    This has brought back a soft golden glow of memories. 🙂

  5. suej says:

    Beautiful lighting and mood, Seonaid

  6. Tina Schell says:

    You’ve taken us on another lovely journey Seonaid, thank you for sharing! So many of the places you feature are places I’ve never heard of so I love traveling them with you!

  7. Thank you for taking us on the most lovely of walks.

  8. Amy says:

    The winter gold is really special! Thank you for take us there.

  9. napperscompanion says:

    The second photo is stunning. Other-worldly . . . in a good way. Peace, John

  10. says:

    Love the mood you captured here !

  11. colonialist says:

    Not so sure about the overgrown marrow, but I love all the rest!

  12. Colline says:

    I love the shot with the setting sun and how the light shines so brightly in the corner.

  13. restlessjo says:

    Not too long since I was doing the same, Seonaid, so I really enjoyed this! That shot from beneath the temple is superb! 🙂

  14. Leya says:

    Interesting walk in light and shadow. History is always surprising us, isn’t it. I immeately fell in love with the path of light and shadow. What natural colours and the brown feels like suade.

  15. Wow lighting and colour, excellent work.

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