A Selection of Inanimate ‘Trios’ from Fife

My final post for the theme ‘Trios’ (as part of the Weekly Photographic Challenge – Trio), consists of a series of photographs of inanimate objects from in, and around, Fife.

The first photo is of three boats on the Firth of Forth.

Trio of boats on the Firth of Forth

Trio of boats on the Firth of Forth

The next three are of differing views of the three cantilevers that make up the Forth rail Bridge.

Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge - North Queensferry side

Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge – North Queensferry side


Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge - South Queensferry side

Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge – South Queensferry side


Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge -from Carlingnose Point

Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge -from Carlingnose Point


The fifth image is of the three flying buttresses that are supporting the East wall of Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian (this section was built in 1430, by James I of Scotland).

Trio of flying buttresses supporting Linlithgow Palace

Trio of flying buttresses supporting Linlithgow Palace


The sixth photo is of part of the steps leading from Hill of Tarvit House upper terraced garden to the lower lawn. It shows three of the sculptured supports for the stone railing.

Trio of Stone Stair Railing Supports from Hill of Tarvit House

Trio of Stone Stair Railing Supports from Hill of Tarvit House


The seventh photo shows three windows on the side of a large house, in Kirkcaldy High Street. It is interesting, because one of the windows has been blocked in. This was due to the introduction of the ‘window tax’ in Scotland in 1798, which wasn’t repealed until 1926. An owner of a house was taxed for every window in his/her house, but if the window was bricked up, you didn’t pay tax on that window. Throughout the UK there are many thousands of windows of houses that were built in Georgian/Victorian/Edwardian times, which have been blocked up.

Trio of windows from Kirkcaldy - one blocked in due to 'window tax' introduced in 1798

Trio of windows from Kirkcaldy – one blocked in due to ‘window tax’ introduced in 1798


The eighth image is of three rock pebbles from Kirkcaldy beach, the top one of which, nicely shows some cross bedded sandstone, deposited in a shallow sea/deltaic environment approx 300 million years ago (part of the Upper Coal Measures). The pebble to the bottom right is also sandstone, but this time with no obvious bedding, and may have formed as a sand in the river mouth of the huge delta. The pebble to the left does not belong to the local area, and has probably been transported southwards to its present resting place during the last Ice Age. It looks like a granite pebble and may well have come from the Glencoe area of the Highlands, which would mean it is approx 420-410 million years old.

Trio of large pebbles from Kirkcaldy Beach

Trio of large pebbles from Kirkcaldy Beach


The final photograph is of a much more recent phenomena, three working swings in the park, and one vandalised swing 😦

Trio of working swings

Trio of working swings




71 thoughts on “A Selection of Inanimate ‘Trios’ from Fife

  1. What an excellent selection for the challenge Andy! The Trio of cantilevers of the Forth Rail Bridge is absolutely stunning in Black-and-White. 😀

    It was so interesting to read up on the windows that were bricked up to avoid being taxed. I can’t believe that people were taxed for the amount of windows they had. Wow! I would have bricked them up! LOL!

    Those pebbles are just gorgeous! Beautiful colour and texture. I love pebbles and my sons always bring me interesting looking ones.

    Thanks for sharing these stunning photos and all the interesting info Andy. I really enjoyed! 😀

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    • It’s often surprised me that there aren’t more bricked up windows, I know a fair number would have been unblocked after 1926, but it only ever seems to be one window blocked per household. I think I would be like you, and would have lived in darkness!! LOL!! 🙂
      I’m pleased you enjoyed the pebbles, a fair number of people have no interest in them whatsoever, but to me, each is like a book, and has a fascinating tale to tell about it’s history 🙂

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      • Indeed and believe me, I would have bricked in those tax people as well. hahahah! They can be glad I didn’t live in those times. They would have had quite a difficult time with me. LOL!

        I love pebbles. My sons always bring me strange or interesting looking pebbles and I’ve got quite a collection by now. I also love gemstones and you’re right, each is like a book and have their own story to tell. If only they could talk. 😀

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      • I would imagine your son collects some interesting pebbles, I have no idea of the geology of the area where you live, but if the wildlife is anything to go by, then the geology would be fascinating too 🙂
        I’m actually fairly thankful the pebbles can’t talk, they would probably tell you how wrong I am about their interpretation! LOL!!! 🙂

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      • They sure do as they know I love it.

        Hartbeespoort does have a long geological history and there are a few mines in the surrounding area. Something I don’t like very much as they tend to destroy everything, but if you are interested you can read about the Geology here:


        I love the fact that the Vervets come down to visit us. Mostly because they don’t have enough food in the mountains and of course we took over their habitat. Some people don’t like them at all but the few of us that do love them, stand up for them. 😀

        hahahah! I bet they won’t keep quiet for a minute as well. Let’s be thankful they can’t talk. LOL!

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      • That is the problem with any type of geological extraction, money and greed always takes over, and the environment is an afterthought. I love the subject, but I don’t love what all the big mining/exploration companies do to the landscape.
        Thanks again for the link, I’ll have a proper look later, but I can see it is a fascinating area 🙂
        I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t love the Vervets, but I think that about all animals and bugs. But it’s great that at least some of you care about them 🙂
        Aye, going to the beach would take on a whole new meaning if the pebbles could talk!! 🙂

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      • I totally agree with you. If they rehabilitated the land it would be a totally different case, but they don’t.

        You’re welcome again and it sure is.

        Oh, believe me, you do get them and I think the same way. Luckily the few of us that do care, put those that doesn’t in their place and remind them that they were here before us. 😀

        Whahahaha! I can only imagine! LOL!

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  2. Love all these, Andy! Particularly Linlithgow – amazing buttresses – and the Forth Bridge, breathtaking no matter how many times you see it. And the pebbles! How lovely. 🙂 That banded sandstone pebble is very nice indeed. I do admire your ability to be able to recognise them!

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    • Thanks Gilly 🙂
      Pebbles do each have a fascinating tale to tell, over the millions of years they have been in existence. The two sandstones were formed in a large delta not dissimilar to the present day Mississippi delta, but at that time, Scotland and northern England lay approximately on the equator!!! 🙂


  3. Some fantastic photos, Andy. Needless to say, I love the old stone buildings – the palace buttresses, the steps and the windows. But your bridge photos with the lovely reflections are excellent, too. And as for those pebbles… That’s a great granitic one. The pink feldspar reminds me of Shap granite. And is the banded one some kind of gneiss?

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    • Thank you Judy 🙂 Don’t worry, the window tax was repealed in 1926! But it wouldn’t surprise me if the government now started taxing the air we breathe. In fact, to a point they do, we pay tax on crisps. popcorn and sweets, some of which are almost totally made up of air!!! 😦 LOL!

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  4. Those flying buttresses really have done their job Andy ! Great selection and – reminders for me – of some history long forgotten . Lovely beach pebbles .. far too many noughts to contemplate on a dull monday morning 😉
    Have a good week !

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