Photographing Edinburgh in the Snow

As you might have noticed if your from the UK we’ve had quite a bit of snow over the course of late November and December. Edinburgh, for once, seems particularly badly hit. At one point we were under nearly 2ft of snow, at least on the outskirts, not something I can remember for at least 20 years in Edinburgh.

So, with an extra special event like that, there can be only one thing to do, get out and photograph it of couse. It could well be years till we see snowfall like this on the East coast of Scotland and it’s too good a chance to miss!

The Classic Views and City Centre

Now, this is how Edinburgh looks from Calton Hill in the snow. This was taken before the main deluge arrived but with a great blue skies it was a perfect opportunity.

First Edinburgh Snow 2010

Calton in the Snow

It took a few days to be able to get this one as Princes Street Gardens was shut as the council deemed it too dangerous due to ice and snow. Ironic when you consider the state of the streets in Edinburgh at the same time!

Ross Fountain in the Snow

St Giles was an easier shot to get, and made all the better for the Christmas tree placed handily outside.

Snow at St Giles

Edinburgh’s Winter Wonderland took on a whole new look with the snow, a proper Wonderland. This was taken after the second deluge hit the city, one big fall wasn’t enough, oh no, after a small thaw we got another heavy fall that’s still crippling parts of the city days later.

A Proper Winter Wonderland

So, onto the Grassmarket. This was taken before the thaw from the first heavy snowfalls, the classic shot looking over the Grassmarket to the Castle with a totally clear blue sky.

Classic Grassmarket

This snowman adorned most of the BBC News website snow stories for days, thankfully, he was still there when I got the Calton Hill.

A Very Seasonal Tourist - Explored

The Outskirts

OK, so enough of the city centre, if anything, the outskirts of the city feels the effects of the snow even worse. The centre gets cleared quickly and it’s naturally warmer but on the edges of the city it generally gets dramatically worse.

These 2 were from the Cammo Estate on the western edge of the city near Barnton. Several acres of woodland and meadow popular with dog walkers and most well known for its creepy water tower.

Sundown at Cammo

The Way In - revisited

And this is the Ashley Boathouse at Harrison Park on the western edge of the city about 2 miles from the city centre.

Ashley Boathouse Winter Sunset

And finally…

As the snow draws on the appeal of it does fade rapidly. From looking forward to it, and marvelling at how it looks the reality of heavy snow hits home quickly but no matter how fed up we get of it, there’s always somebody that’s loving it.

This is my wee dog, Scrappy a 2 year old Shih Tzu, loving the snow…

Playing in the snow - Explored

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5 responses

  1. Wonderful shots! I wondered how Scotland was doing with all the disruption and snow. You’ve shown me Edinburgh at least looks pretty and seems to be coping.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:13 pm

  2. Love these pictures! Especially your puppy enjoying the snow. 😀

    December 29, 2010 at 4:18 pm

  3. John Finster

    Really great post. As a matter of principal, taking something – an idea, a situation, a dream, just about anything – and looking at it within oneself from as many different points of view is very beneficial. Applying this principle to photography, as you have done, is marvelously beneficial.

    December 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  4. Edinburgh is a fantastic city at the best of times, let alone covered in snow. You’ve captured some great images / visions of the city (jealous of your photography skills tbh)

    December 31, 2010 at 12:26 am

  5. I love the one of your Shih-Tzu. I have a 10mo old and LOVE the way their hair flows when they run.

    I call her the FLASH. 🙂

    December 31, 2010 at 4:53 pm

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