among crocuses -
the jerky, crouching run
When we got to Arthurs Seat we were stunned by the contrast of the vibrant green hillsides against the vivid blue sky. Stunned also by the cold wind.
Arthurs Seat is geologically fascinating (an extinct volcano) and if you look carefully at nearby Salisbury Crags, you can see the rock strata pushed up at a sharp angle. This is also an area rich in birds:
wild wind -
The first kestrel was joined by a second and they flew around above the gorse covered rocky hillside.
On the other side of the road, looking down to Duddingston Loch:
in the gorse
-the loud chack chack
then they flew away en masse buffetted by the wind.