John Gilchrist: Blog en-us (C) John Gilchrist (John Gilchrist) Sat, 14 Jul 2018 02:17:00 GMT Sat, 14 Jul 2018 02:17:00 GMT John Gilchrist: Blog 120 68 Tree Grasslands Bonnyrigg - Tree Savanna Midlothian Lion King TreeSilhouette of Solitary Tree in Midlothian ScotlandNOT Hell's Gate National Park Kenya but sunny Scotland itself.


Magical Midlothian - Savanna Scotland

Lion King Tree Looky Likey

No, it’s not the Serengeti or Hell's Gate National Park in Kenya that the Lion King Movie was based around. In fact, it’s a tree found in Scotland UK. I took advantage of a setting summer sun to capture the most amazing sundown image over the grasslands of Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. What a glorious evening it was and a pleasure to watch nature just do its thing.


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Crispy Horizon - Nuclear Explosion on The Horizon Sun NukeNuclear SunriseAtomic sun rising over a treetop horizon

Scorched Earth

No, a nuclear-bomb hasn’t gone off, the crispy horizon is the sun rising over the treetops, the sky explodes in a burnt orange glow.

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Should've Gone to Specsavers, Pick Your Own On Another Level Box of fire extinguishers, image John GilchristFoam & PowderQuench the fire with these red beauties.

Okay I’m taking it to another level, it’s that time of year again when picking your own fruit becomes an option. However, I didn’t go for the usual variety of strawberry this year. Not too sure when the fire extinguisher variety come into season, maybe I was just lucky, got this basket of assorted fire extinguishers on a beautiful day when the sun was out. Some crackers and decent sized ones in there too, you don’t get many of them to the pound!

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UK Airports Safety Week at Edinburgh Airport 14-20 May 2018 AOA UK Airports Safety Week at Edinburgh Airport - Image John GilchristRoad ClosedFocus to promote safety improvement and development at Edinburgh Airport

Getting onboard with safety in the aviation industry, Edinburgh Airport were one of 50 UK Airports taking part in the Airport Operators Association (AOA) UK Airports Safety Week, a national event with a purposeful and firm focus on aviation safety.

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Beautiful spring blossom in Edinburgh Blossom in Edinburgh IMG20180507P0004JGBlossom in the Meadows Cherry blossom trees in the park.

Beautiful spring blossom trees in Edinburgh, lined up along the footpath in the Meadows.

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30th anniversary of the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh. Beltane Fire Festival Edinburgh fire festival IMG20180430P0031JGBFFReds watch the setting sun.

30th anniversary of the Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh.

An ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill, the Beltane Fire Festival, a May Day Celebration in Edinburgh that kicks of on the 30th of April each year for the past 30 years.

Living locally, it was about time I visited this event, so I decided this year was for me. Everything seemed to be lining up nicely.

  • Day Off – Check
  • Family Plans – Check
  • Weather Forecast – Check

I didn’t have time to get the £9.00 early-bird ticket, digging deep, I had to find another 4 pounds to make up the £13 entry fee. Worth every penny though! I have to say, WOW, hats off to the Beltane Fire Society, volunteers, organisers, and support staff, cracking event. I was just a regular punter tonight, unlike the event photographers on the night who had prime spots, I had to compete for position and jostle for every shot. That’s the breaks.

BFF Images

Needless to say, I took a host of images, you are welcome to view at

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Ancient Castle Ruins in Midlothian Crichton CastleCastle RuinThe road to ruin, castle ruins in Midlothian.

Afternoon walk to catch some of the recent spell of good weather. The strange looking thing above the clouds is the sun, the ancient ruin is Crichton Castle.

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Easter Road- Football Stadium of Hibernian F.C. Easter Road Football Club IMG20180428P0001JGHibernian FC Football stadium as seen from Holyrood Park in Edinburgh

Lovely walk around Holyrood park, Easter Road was jumping, you could hear the Hibees roar a mile off! Fair play to them, winning at home against Kilmarnock, full-time result 5 goals to 3.

Scaled down composite image constructed by 15 x portrait images, camera settings ISO250 400mm f5.6 1/1250, post processing in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.

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JACKSBACK - Bellarose Band live in Edinburgh Drummer of BellaroseJack Drummer - Bellarose BandGig at The Mash House in Edinburgh

JACKSBACK: Bellarose finally return on the electric circuit. Fantastic to hear this Scottish band plugged-in after a long dark winter. Jack Drummer claiming the seat once again, now fully recovered from his motorcycle accident that left him with a fractured arm. With the sticks back in-hand, lets drum on!

Gig location, The Mash House, Edinburgh -

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Dry slope skiing in Scotland Edinburgh City View Edinburgh City Photo IMG20180423P0010JGPentland HillsArtificial ski slope.

Just outside Edinburgh is the Snowsports Centre in Midlothian, the dry slope is ideal for skiing in all weathers.

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In a field of their own Talented bagpiperLone PiperSkirl o' the pipes

Some people are so talented that they are in a field of their own, lone piper pictured playing the bagpipes.

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Edinburgh Skyline Edinburgh City View IMG20180421P0007JGPointy thingsRooftop viewover Edinburgh

Pointing upwards, monuments, spires, turrets and steeples that tower the skyline of Edinburgh.

(John Gilchrist) edinburgh monuments photoblog edinburgh pointing upwards skyline spires steeples turrets Sat, 21 Apr 2018 06:30:00 GMT
Early morning sun with extreme lens flare. Construction Work Edinburgh IMG20180421P0007JGATC Tower & Tower CraneHotel construction at Edinburgh Airport

To a respected colleague! An early morning sunrise with an added lens flare for good measure. It's each to their own, you asked, what I was taking a picture of? This is it, more at

That morning we just wanted to get home at the end of our shift, me, I just wanted to get something extra from the journey. As an avid photographer, you try/learn to see your own world in a different light, sometimes looking at life objectively and occasionally with the filters on.

Location, Hotel construction works at Edinburgh Airport.

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Woodland walks near Edinburgh Oakwood in Dalkeith Country Park-20180414-0001Deadwood

Lovely afternoon out last week, making the most of the better weather of late. Took a wee trip to Oakwood in Dalkeith Country Park. It feels good stretching legs after the winter months.

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Kia the Black Labrador drying off after a swim in the river Esk Black Labrador ShakedownNothing like a good shakedown after a dip in the river

A spring afternoon walking the dog in Dalkeith Country Park, Kia the Black Labrador enjoys a dip in the river Esk and a good shakedown afterword’s to shake all the excess water of his coat. After the dark winter nights, it’s always a pleasure to get out walking, even more so when you have the pleasure of such energetic and friendly companion to add to the enjoyment.

Fact of the day: Dogs can lose up to 70% of water from their coat just with a good shakedown.

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MAH-NA-MAH-NA - Performed by Midlothian Percussion Ensemble Mah nà mah nà

Led by Barbara Jane Waddel, school pupils from Midlothian Schools perform Mah nà mah nà during the Percussion Extravaganza 2018 at Newbattle High School.

View images of the evening at

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Hanging out upside down with friends Loop De Loop, The Smiler Roller Coaster at Alton Towers Resort - Image-201307080002Loop De Loop, The Smiler Roller Coaster at Alton Towers Resort - Image-201307080002Speeding cars go loopdeloop on the steal roller coaster at Alton Towers Resort

Get out there, hanging out upside down with friends on The Smiler Rollercoaster at Alton Towers Resort. When all the joy inside you gets turned on its head.

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Fun & Frolics in the Snow Young girls in the snow at nightIt's SnowingYippee, there's snow falling, time to get the warm jackets on.

For goodness sake, it’s Scotland, you’d think we’d never seen snow before! LOL, go for it girls.

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Nothing tastes better than bursting open a haggis supper on Burns night. Haggis dinner on the table at a Burns supperWhere are the legs?Burst open, the haggis is addressed at a Burns supper.

It’s Burns night, with a wee dram or two on the table, this is the way to go! I hope you got yours.


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