Saturday, 19 July 2014

Holiday Scavenging - Last Thing In Scotland

Where did we get to with my first installment with Scottish scavenging ... oh yes, the lack of garden gnomes!  There were quite a few items I struggled with, but more because I was in "holiday" mode rather than "spotting-obscure-items-along-the-way" mode - I kept forgetting to look for birds on a wire (#3) and there was NO way I was getting up early enough to photograph a sunrise (#13)!

Another item I was struggling to find was a mascot ... I did wonder if

Jimjams - Photo - Scottish Piper in Edinburgh

a Scots Piper was emblematic of Scotland and would count ... or perhaps a cute Scottish bear, cuddly Nessie or furry long-horned sheep might fit the bill?  Perhaps this photo including someone else's hand could tick off Mascot, Horn *and* Photo-Bomber?

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 10 Photo Bomb
#10 Handy Photo Bomber
OK maybe not - but there were real horn handled knives in the next window along!

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 #11 Horn
#11 Horn
One sunny evening we climbed the steep stepped hillside to enjoy the view on Calton Hill, including a sunset over the city sights.

Jimjams - Photo - Edinburgh Sunset

Jimjams - Photo - Edinburgh Dusk

As the lights went on we descended again and passed several stunning lampposts:

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 17 Lamppost
#17 Lamppost(s)
We enjoyed a great trip out to Leith Docks to visit the Royal Yacht Britannia (no garden gnomes there either funnily enough ... not much garden either!)

Jimjams - Photo - Royal Yacht Britannia

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 12 Mascot
#12 A Mascot
But there was a Rolls Royce on board ... with the Rolls Royce mascot "Spirit Of Ecstasy" :-D
The lift doors in the adjacent shopping mall also gave me a chance to capture a juggler (sorely lacking amongst the street entertainers we'd seen)!

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 15 Juggler
#15 A Juggler
On our final day in Edinburgh we ascended the tower containing the Camera Obscura, getting some fun photos along the way:

Jimjams - Photo - Shrinking Mother

Jimjams - Photo - Heat Group

As well as a bird's eye view of a painted bus ...

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 20 Painted Bus
#20 A Painted Bus
Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 21 Seasonal Snap
#21 A Photo Of Me With Something Representing The Season
... and Mum took a photo of me (with Hubby & Child No.3) wearing seasonal sunglasses!

After lunch we popped around the corner from our rented town-house to take a look at the gloriously weird new Scottish Parliament building ...

Jimjams - Photo - Scottish Parliament

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 16 Multi-lingual Sign + ZIZO 29
#16 (again) Signs in a language other than English
... where I spotted (lots) more Gaelic and was able to Zoom In (for the 29th time with Helena) on some very fancy letters for the blind!

Holiday Scavenger Hunt 2014 # 16 Multi-lingual Sign + ZIZO 29
#16 (again) English, Gaelic, Braille & Moon
Well how did my holiday scavenging do?

Part 1 scored: 8/21 (1,4,5,6,8,9,16,19) and one substitution (B for 2)
Part 2 scored: 7/21 (10,11,12,15,17,20,21)
Plus our journey home (ZIZO #26) added two more (7,18)

Total score: 17/21 + B (Missing #2 Gnome, #3 Birds On A Wire, #13 Sunrise, #14 Parade)

Not toooo shabby for such a short trip; now it's back to normal hunting for the rest of the summer - are you scavenging with Rinda too?


scrappyjacky said...

Some great captures,Jemma.

Alison said...

Haven't you done well Jemma?!
Alison xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Wow - you're doing great. Horn has been one that has really lent itself to many different interpretations.

Sandra said...

Wowzer ... You've done so well and oh you've got some great photos here

Lesley G said...

Great photos - I love the bus one, it stands out very well in that lime colours :)

helena said...

wonderful shots from Carlton Hill and love the detail of the tactile languages at the Parliament

Beverly said...

Amazing photos, I especially love the one looking down on the city. The one as an optical illusion is so cool, looks like a fun outing.

S said...

Quite the interesting collection of photos - scavengering looks like so much fun.

S said...

Ok that should be scavenging?

Lisa said...

there are some stunning photos in here. I've never been there but it's on my list for when we have time and budget! especially like the tilt shift effect on your bus photo