Saturday, 26 September 2009

Lauriston Castle

It is Edinburgh Doors Open Day today (and it continues tomorrow, a chance to see inside loads of Edinburgh's famous buildings, many of which are not normally open to the public!). We visited Lauriston Castle, but though the castle was open all day, access was only by pre-booked guided tours so we couldn't get in! However, the weather was gorgeous and the Castle Grounds are wonderful so we enjoyed a pleasant walk instead. We particularly enjoyed the (relatively) new Japanese Garden, opened in 2002, which combines features of Japanese and western gardens. Beautiful sunshine and photogenic shadows everywhere! I also wrote two haiku today, which I've posted to the Autumn Haiku blog here. I also posted another Shadow Shot to my Over Forty Shades blog, which you can see here.

36 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Whose castle is this
that keeps itself in shadow?
Are there shadow-guards?

My Shadow Shot

Catherine said...

that first shot throws a great architectural shadow..

Sweet Repose said...

It has always been my dream to tour the castles of the old country, would love to see more pictures please.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia K said...

What a great shadow shot! I've always been awed by the architecture/castles that I've been able to visit during my travels. This brought back lovely memories of some of my trips. Marvelous post!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

FrecklesandDeb said...

Excellent shadow shot. Sorry you didn't get into the castle. Sounds like a great visit to the grounds, however. Wish we had castles to visit here in the U.S.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Seems you are having lovely weather for walking too Juliet. Have a good weekend.

Tom Hilton said...

That castle shadow is great.

Carolyn Ford said...

A castle shadow...wow! Beautiful shadow post.

Ralph said...

The castle gives a complex medieval shape to the wonderfully manicured grounds. The gardens are beautiful Someday. it would be a pleasure to visit the land of the Scot. The green all around the isle is spectacular!

Lily Hydrangea said...

Lovely shadows! The greens are so bright and colorful.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

LOVE these dark green shadows on the lighter green grass.

steven said...

this is a new castle to me crafty green - the shadows in the first picture put me in mind of gormenghast. i love your haiku and shadow blog postings as well!!! thanks. steven

Maria Berg said...

What is haiku?

It is nice nature to have a walk in, MB

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

One of a kind...

Great...

Mistlethrush said...

Interesting shadow shot of the castle - glad someone's getting some sunshine this week!

Lee Spangler said...

Your post is surely inviting. I have never visited your part of the world and your site shows such possibilities of seeing and experiencing interesting places.

MonikaRose said...

Luscious green, subtle strong shadows, reminds of the day at Victoria Gardens, laying on the ground and taking a shot of the green grass and strong big tree in the background, all shot in ground level. Thanks for sharing and have a great day :)

nadia said...

hello there, that's a lovely shadow photo. you are so lucky having so many castles in scotland! i wish it were easier for us to get there more often.
have a good weekend,
nadia

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Rona Michelson said...

All of the pictures are wonderful, but I especially loved the shadow of the castle.

Catherine said...

How frustrating that you couldn't get in. Lovely photos, nevertheless.

Margaret Gosden said...

First, I love your header! And the greens and shadows of the castle and environs very significant.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a great shot of the castle..the others are lovely too.
Happy SSS.

Pam said...

The shadow of the castle is a very unique shot, I would love to visit the real thing...

Paz said...

I love castles. And I love your shadow shots. They look terrific.

Paz

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a cool silhouette of the castle...it looks like it was a wonderful day!

Martha Z said...

What a great shadow, one I am unlikely to capture here in the States. I'm sorry you didn't get to visit inside but your shots were well worth the visit anyway.

Deb said...

What a wonderfully creative day you had!

Nina Xi said...

I really like your first picture! You manage to capture the whole castle in the shadow. Beautiful! Thank you for you comment at my blog!

Nina Xi said...

I really like your first picture! You manage to capture the whole castle in the shadow. Beautiful! Thank you for you comment at my blog!

ruma2008 said...

Hello, Crafty Green Poet. Welcome you came to the edge of the earth. You make a lot of haikus. I am very interesting. ruma

Gina said...

gorgeous shadows..think that's the first castle shadow I've seen too! Happy Sunday :)

diane said...

Lovely shadow shots amongst the green. The castle turrets are especilly good.

jabblog said...

Glorious autumnal shadows - what a lovely place to visit.

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadows! Even if you couldn't get inside the grounds look lovely!
Take care!

Janice Thomson said...

The top photo is really cool when enlarged. I'd love to explore an old castle some day.

Square Peg Guy said...

Nice pictures. I especially liked the castle!

Saturday in the USA was Museum Day, which is like Open Doors Day for museums. But we had so much else to do, we didn't have time to take advantage of it.

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