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Blessed by the last light of an autumn day 01

Sunset view from the roof terrace of the National Museum of Scotland earlier this week, one of the best (and free!) places to take in views of the city. This time of year the sunlight is stretched out to a warm, coppery-gold, especially around sunrise and sunset. Add in the contrast of that autumnal light with the long shadows over Edinburgh's geology and architecture and it is just glorious to drink in (the pics really don't quite capture the light quality, not as it looks to the eyes, standing high up, looking over this remarkable city).

 

Looking southeast from the roof terrace towards the vast bulk of Arthur's Seat, the great, extinct volcano which sits at the heart of Edinburgh and shaped the city's remarkable geology (which in turn affected its unusual Old Town architecture). Before Edinburgh was Edinburgh Iron Age tribes made fortified homes up on these peaks. Millennia later Hutton walked around them, examining them formulating some of the first modern geological ideas about how our world was formed. These days they are part of the royal park by the palace, a place where locals and tourists alike can enjoy a rural hill walk without leaving the city, and take in the views.

 

These formations at the front are the Salisbury Crags, with the path of the Radical Road below, formed from erupting volcanoes epochs ago then carved by the vast glaciers of the last ice age, ancient native stone bathed in golden light from the setting sun. The light quality in our northern kingdom in autumn is just glorious, like warm honey over copper, the pictures never quite capture its quality, this is as close as I can get.

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Taken on November 13, 2018