Something a bit different from our normal urban stuff, although still within the Edinburgh area. Three friendly horses in a field at Riccarton, although the friendliness was all about potential food. They were deeply disappointed when all I got out of my bag was a lens, as some of these shots show.
Ok, so everybody has photographed the Kelpies from every conceivable angle. However, that never stopped me so here’s my take.
Kelpies were shape-shifting water spirits living in Scottish lochs. There are many stories from across the country including one about the less well-known Nessie, the Loch Ness Kelpie. Reputedly, kelpies could take human form although some stories suggest they always kept their hooves so some regarded them as satanic.
I took this one after Jennie spotted the reflection in the visitor centre window.
This shot of a single Kelpie has a couple of people at the bottom to show the scale of these amazing sculptures.
This was taken from across the canal before we trekked to the Falkirk Wheel. The light was better from this angle – and again, you get a good sense of scale .
This shot was trickier with the sun shining behind the Kelpies but I like the sense of the kelpie railing at the sunlight; it fits with the malevolent water horse myth where kelpies lurked in dark lochs requiring appeasement by human sacrifices.
If you look carefully, you can see this is an inverted reflection of the kelpie, the clouds and the visitors in the surrounding water – the image is less defined where the water has some movement and gets sharper towards the head of the kelpie where the water was stiller.
And finally, I was much taken with reflections (can you tell?) especially with such an interesting and changeable sky. In this shot I managed to exploit my wide angled lens to capture both Kelpie and reflection.