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.
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!
St Giles was an easier shot to get, and made all the better for the Christmas tree placed handily outside.
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.
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.
This snowman adorned most of the BBC News website snow stories for days, thankfully, he was still there when I got the Calton Hill.
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.
And this is the Ashley Boathouse at Harrison Park on the western edge of the city about 2 miles from the city centre.
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…