Fireworks shooting up from the rocks on the north side of Edinburgh Castle This page marks the reaching of five continuous years of Saturday pages. Just over 200 of these have been in the Picture Posting Section of this site, with an additional 60 in the Mosaic section. It seemed right to mark the occasion with a page from my home town - Edinburgh, and fireworks and balloons are conventional markers of celebrations. The hot air balloons seen here (a touch larger than afforded by most parties) appeared over the skies of Edinburgh in the late 80s. The fireworks come from two sorts of occasion: there are a couple from the 100 year celebrations of the the Forth Rail Bridge, the others are selected from many years of the traditional display which marks the end of the Edinburgh Festival - sponsored by Glenfiddich. Shots were taken between the years 1983 and 1990.
Captioning is limited there being rather little to say.
Forth Rail Bridge
was completed in 1890 and Scottish Power, a dominant supplier at the time in Scotland, sponsored the celebrations. To the right part of the bridge can just be seen - lower centre
Getting a hot air balloon airborne is no easy task...
...but once aloft their grace is unquestionable. Here seen passing over Edinburgh Castle
Balloons over Edinburgh in the late 1980s
A full moon taking refuge behind the clouds - about to be upstaged by the fireworks...
...but these displays wait until the last light has gone from the sky, usually after about 10.30
The Castle's north parapets are used for these waterfall effects
A red waterfall over a parapet of the castle
Below, an umbrella indicates the slight drizzle so common to Edinburgh in August
Even for the photographer of this shot, it is hard to believe that it is not a composed picture, it looks just as though the elements were brought together in Photoshop. They were not.
But it is a warning that not all that looks concocted is artefact
Red, blue and orange bursts
The Castle under shades of green. These three shots were taken from Princes Street Gardens.
[Quite tangentially Prince's Street (after King George III's eldest son) lost its apostrophe in the 1830s.]
These two shots were taken from Carlton Hill, the North British Hotel (tower and clock)...
...seems to sit next to the Scott Monument (outlined with lights). In fact the Monument sits well beyond the Hotel
The large finale burst of a display makes the castle seem diminutive!
The next page
has some lights from Tĩnh Gia to celebrate Christmas and New Year.
The next page
of the Mosaic Section is headed 'Internal Speech'.
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