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National Monument, Nelson Monument, City Observatory, Hume Walk, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland, UNESCO World Heritage, fotoeins.com, myRTW

Fotoeins Friday: Calton Hill in silhouette, Edinburgh

8 November 2012.

In the magical city of Edinburgh, I’ve been told I’ve been fortunate to see the sun. And so it is, with the late-autumn afternoon sun that I find myself on the north side of Calton Hill with a beautiful expansive view of the Firth of Forth river estuary to the north. But I turn around and I want this, the same silhouette someone would’ve seen in centuries past. From left to right respectively are the grand but uncompleted National Monument, the telescope-shaped Nelson Monument, and the City Observatory. Calton Hill is part of Edinburgh’s inscription as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.

During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 8 November 2012 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/1600-sec, f/8, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-ahs.

Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club, North Ground, rugby, rugby union, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand, Aotearoa, myRTW, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Otago rugby, Dunedin North Ground

28 July 2012.

Over the duration of a year-long journey around the world, I’m spending significant time in the southern hemisphere (not unlike five previous years working and living in Chile). The time has also meant I’ve come to learn about cricket and rugby, which are important to Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. I was introduced to rugby league years ago, but I prefer rugby union, especially after having watched on television games during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

On foot north from Dunedin CBD centre to Baldwin Street, I pass by the city’s North Ground, home to the Alhambra-Union Rugby Football Club. I stop to watch one of the Club’s junior sides, Colts, in an afternoon rugby game in progress where this “line-out” takes place.


During my year-long RTW, I made this photo on 28 July 2012 with the Canon 450D, 50-prime, and the following settings: 1/250-sec, f/5, ISO100, and 50mm focal length (80mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-9ZA.

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: Scotland’s Referendum – Leave or Stay?

Next Thursday (September 18) is a big day in the United Kingdom.

The people of Scotland will vote on a referendum with a simple question – “Should Scotland be an independent country?” Do they wish to secede from the United Kingdom: yes or no? A simple majority of cast votes will be sufficient. As this post goes live, the polls suggest a tight race, right up to voting day. Additional extensive coverage of the origins to the independence movement and what independence might mean to Scotland, the rest of the UK, and Europe are found on the BBC News and The Guardian.

Results: NO 55% vs. YES 45%, as Scotland decides to remain within the Union.

I made this shot in the quiet of The Mound in Edinburgh’s city centre on 8 November 2012 during my year-long RTW; more about my memorable Edinburgh visit here. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-5Cx.

The kingdoms of Scotland and England (including Wales) merged to form the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. The kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland joined to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801. The Irish Free State separated in 1922, leaving behind The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Dunedin’s Baldwin Street: steepest in the world

In Dunedin, New Zealand, make your way from the city centre, around the University of Otago to North Road, and onwards to Baldwin Street, where The Guinness Book of Records declared the latter street as “the steepest (street) in the world” in 1997. With this claim to fame, the street is touted as a place to visit in Dunedin. Anybody who’s spent time in San Francisco should take the challenge and find out whether the ascent grade on Baldwin Street approaches or exceeds their experience in the American city by the Bay.

The signage states:

Initially, Baldwin Street slopes gently from the valley floor, then climbs steeply to its intersection with Buchanan Street at the top.

Over the 161.2 metre length of the top section, it climbs a vertical height of 47.22 metres, which is an average gradient of 1 in 3.41 (29%).

On its steepest section, the gradient is 1 in 2.86 (35%).

Every year, during Dunedin’s Festival, large number of athletes, including family groups, take part in social and competitive foot races to the top of the street and return. These races are known as the BALDWIN STREET GUTBUSTER.

The street is named for William Baldwin, who carried out the original subdivision. Baldwin was a member of the Otago Provincial Council, and founder of the “Otago Guardian” newspaper in 1873.

The conclusion is generally the same among those who visit; I’ll say with absolute certainty that walking, let alone running, up a grade steeper than 30 percent is tough slogging. If I’ve done my trigonometry correctly, that’s between 15 and 20 degrees of inclination.

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Baldwin Street, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

To reach Baldwin Street, it’s an easy walk from the Central Business District (i.e., “City”) to the northern parts of town. A quicker alternative from The Octagon in Dunedin is the number 9 or 9A bus northbound (City to Normanby) to stop “North Road”; check the route schedules online here and select “Normanby” from the drop-down menu.

I made the above photos on 28 July 2012. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-2Pw.

Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland

2 Days in Edinburgh

What happens over two days in Edinburgh?

I had an opportunity in early November to visit a friend in Edinburgh, Scotland; the city was a place I’d been looking forward to visiting for some time.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone the weather was cool, wet, grey, and windy … except when it was cool, dry, clear, and windy. The weather summary might have appeared something like: “mostly cloudy with rainshowers, accompanied by fresh westerlies and occasional clear spells.”

But coming from Vancouver, Canada, I really should be made of sterner stuff. Besides, the Old and New Town areas in Edinburgh were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Here below a few highlights:

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