Hurlet Limestone (326-331million years old), Kinghorn Beach

    This limestone is found at the base of the Lower Limestone Formation, which was deposited in the Carboniferous (approx 300 to 360 million years ago). Most of the Lower Limestone Formation consists of sandstones, siltstones and mudstones, very similar to the underlying Pathhead Formation, which were deposited in a swamp/deltaic environment (not dissimilar […]

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Royal Terrace, Edinburgh

Calton Hill, at the eastern end of Princes Street in Edinburgh, is surrounded on three sides by Regent Terrace, Calton Terrace and Royal Terrace, the last of these streets is pictured below.   It was William Henry Playfair, the renowned Scottish architect, who was responsible for the building of these prestigious streets, with the Royal […]

Dugald Stewart Monument – Calton Hill, Edinburgh

  View from Calton Hill in Edinburgh, with the Dugald Stewart Monument in the foreground, and Edinburgh Castle, the Balmoral Hotel (and clock tower), and the Scott monument in the background. The Dugald Stewart Monument is a memorial to the Scottish philosopher and mathematician, who is best known for popularising the Scottish Enlightenment. The Scottish […]

Comparison of Sunrise Positions – The Crazy Things I Think About

Have you ever wondered about the different positions in which the sun rises, in say Edinburgh, compared to, for example, Plymouth? Because of the curve of the earth’s surface, us folks north of Hadrian’s Wall get shorter winter days, and longer summer daytime hours, compared with somewhere such as Cornwall/Devon. This can be proved to be […]

Anthony Kurtz – Free pdf download

    Whilst searching the web over the weekend, I discovered the work of Anthony Kurtz. His speciality is environmental portraits, that is, portraits of people taken in their work environment, or just in the places where they live etc. The photographs seem to all have a dark, forboding, moody, gritty feel about them. My […]