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Friday Photo #14 Stromness; Wynds and Closes

This is Stromness. More specifically, this is a path up the hillside, from near the harbour towards the primary school I attended, once upon a time. Stromness remains the only town or village I have ever felt close to calling…

Friday Photo #13 Dawn in the Woods

It is that time of the year again, when I yearn to walk out into wild places and, especially, into the woods. The season seems to have suddenly changed here in Edinburgh, Summer closing her eyes and beginning to nod…

Friday Photo #12 Spiral and Spirals

In my brief post about disappearing islands I mentioned circles in life — circles within circles, others hidden, only revealed later. A short while ago I snapped the photo of the spiral below, and shared it on twitter. It is…

Potential Pitfalls of Internet Research

I was recently doing some research, looking at the island of Stronsay, in Orkney, when I noticed something interesting. Using the internet for research is full of peril, fraught with misinformation and potential downfall, but it has become my principal…

Friday Photo #11 Millennium Clock Tower Selfie

As this is published I am sitting on a train heading south, slowly twisting through mountains towards my favourite city in (what is currently) the United Kingdom: Edinburgh. This, the capital of Scotland, has always pulled me. She is a…