KINGDOM of FIFE
On the Horizon from left to right one can see The Isle of May, which is approximately 8 km off the coast of mainland Scotland. It is 1.8 kilometres long and less than half a kilometre wide. The island is owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage as a national nature reserve. The Bass Rock is just right of centre and is a volcanic crag in the Firth of Forth that towers 106 metres above sea level. It is home to a large colony of gannets. To the right is the North Berwick Law, a volcanic plug. The summit bears remnants of an Iron Age hill fort, and the ruins of later military buildings that were once used by lookouts in both the Napoleonic Wars, and in World War II. Since 1709 the law has been topped with a whale's jawbone. Courtesy of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Berwick_Law
I love letters in the sand
This week Saturday Sels Challenge: let's concentrate on: "Harmony'' The waves were moving bits of seaweed around with each ebb and flow. This was an 'O' to begin with, but by the time I got the camera ready it had changed into an 'R'. Nina and Frederik - Listen to the Ocean
Anstruther lighthouse. HFF everyone.
The Chalmers Lighthouse was built in 1880 at the harbour entrance, to commemorate Dr Thomas Chalmers, a mathematician and professor of theology. The octagonal Lighthouse seen today was built to mark the end of the breakwater and stands 9 metres high. Most of the tower is painted white, whilst the service room below the unusually small lantern is painted black. A light is no longer shown from the tower, although it still operates a nautophone fog signal, housed in one of the window holes around the top of the tower, and a decorative white light is still shown from it's lantern. A new light, seen in the photo, was established in front of the Lighthouse, consisting of a plain unpainted metal pole with two LED units.
Sun setting over the North Sea.
Looking towards Dundee
The Tay Bridge (or Tay Rail Bridge) is a railway bridge about two and a quarter miles (three and a half kilometres) long that spans the Firth of Tay in Scotland, between the city of Dundee and Wormit in Fife. It was opened on 20 June 1887. This 'new' double-track bridge was designed by William Henry Barlow. It was built by William Arrol & Co. 18 metres (59 ft) upstream of, and parallel to, the original bridge. The foundation stone was laid on 6 July 1883 and construction involved 25,000 metric tons of iron and steel, 70,000 metric tons of concrete, ten million bricks (weighing 37,500 metric tons and three million rivets. Fourteen men lost their lives during its construction, most by drowning. The original Tay Bridge was designed by noted railway engineer Thomas Bouch, It was a lattice-grid design, combining cast and wrought iron. The bridge was opened for passenger traffic on 1 June 1878. On the night of 28 December 1879 at 7.15 pm, the bridge collapsed after its central spans gave way during high winter gales. A train with six carriages carrying seventy-five passengers and crew, crossing at the time of the collapse, plunged into the icy waters of the Tay. All seventy-five were lost. The stumps of the original bridge piers, seen here, are still visible above the surface of the Tay even at high tide.
HFF and a good Easter to you all
This is a fine example of a Victorian drinking fountain, which celebrates the versatility of cast-iron to decorative effect. It was cast by the Alexander Russell at the Kirkcaldy Foundry in 1824 and was one of a series placed along the length of the "Great Fife Road". The fountain is located in Newport 0n Tay in the Kingdom of Fife. It is a substantial canopied cast-iron drinking fountain of Moorish design, prominently sited just by the pavement. Concrete stone steps to dais and concrete covered plinth. There are 8 columns on chamfered bases with foliate detailing to base, capital and interior supporting 8 arches with scallop edging. Plaques in roundels above all arches decorated with herons and stags and inscribed 'KEEP THE PAVEMENT DRY'. There is a plaque on the east side inscribed 'THE GIFT OF MRS BLYTH MARTIN 1882'. (The Blyths were a Dundee family). There are stylised creatures between plaques and a ribbed domed roof of traceried metal with floral designs. The fountain is painted cream colour, the plaques and capitals painted red and creatures and roof ribs painted gold. In the background it's possible to see the River Tay road bridge linking the Kingdom of Fife to the county of Angus. I think it has been recently painted. It didn't look as posh as this when I was a child. ;-) The fountain was designated as a Category B listed building on 27/11/2002.
The Ripple of the Sands
The West Sands. St.Andrews
It was on this beach that the opening scenes of Chariots of Fire was filmed. www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-7Vu7cqB20
St.Andrews Cathedral and Saint Rule's Tower
St. Rule's Tower, sometimes referred to as the Square Tower (108 feet high), affords a wonderful panoramic view over the town and harbour and to the surrounding countryside. Access to the tower requires an entrance token which can be obtained at the cathedral visitor centre. The climb to the top of the tower is via a rather narrow and steep spiral staircase (151 steps) on which it is difficult to pass those headed in the opposite direction. The PiP shows an old pen and ink drawing - date unknown. When I was a child climbing the the square tower was free for everyone. The buildings haven't changed though.