A local wander

I’d planned to go further afield today but ran out of time, so I decided to take a walk along to beside where we used to live where there’s a great view of Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill. I did get some good shots on the way, and on the way back, but unfortunately the trees have grown a lot in recent years and the castle has vanished! I chased a few chaffinches among the trees, but didn’t manage to get any pictures of them, so I had to make do with a wood pigeon and a hoverfly.

I’ll just need to find somewhere else to take pictures of the castle, away from the usual tourist haunts.

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These stairs don’t go anywhere. I’ve often wondered who built them.

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The only bird slow enough to be photographed today!

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This was the best shot I could get of Calton Hill, and Edinburgh Castle isn’t visible at all!

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The old drinking fountain at Stedfastgate (with a bit of graffiti photoshopped away)

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A mile marker on the cycle path – with appropriate graffiti left in place 🙂

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More steps, with a purpose this time.

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Unexpected roses. Unfortunately slightly over-exposed so I’ve lost some of the detail in the rose itself. 

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Yellow rosebud, pity about the greenfly!

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Pretty path.

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Tiny toadstool under a patch of nettles.

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A hoverfly on some white flowers. He was just taking off as I caught this.

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Mature trees in Victoria Park.

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