Posts from the ‘Landscape’ category

The Kelpies

The Kelpies near Falkirk are huge 100ft tall metal sculptures created by Scottish artist Andy Scott. Named after the equine water spirits of ancient Scottish myth (but modelled on two beautiful Clydesdale horses) they rise majestically above the Forth and Clyde Canal and pay homage to the areas industrial and working past.

I’ve wanted to see these for ages, and they lived up to all my expectations:

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

 

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

RSS Discovery

Right next door to the V&A in Dundee is the fascinating Discovery Museum.

The RSS Discovery has two main claims to fame. First and foremost it was the ship that took the world reknowned artic explorers Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton on their first expedition to Antartica in 1901.

Second she was the last traditional wooden three-masted ship to be built in the United Kingdom.

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

 

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

RSS Discovery, Dundee, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

Scone Palace

Scone Palace, on the outskirts of Perth, holds an important place in Scotland’s long and proud history. Fifteen hundred years ago it was the capital of the Picts, and for much of the intervening period it was home to the Stone of Destiny and the crowning place of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and most famously Robert the Bruce.

Most of what you see today is the work of the Murray family who rose to become the Earls of Mansfield from 1776 to the present day.

For the shot below the sun came out to play, which unfortunately was a bit of a rare occurance during our week long stay visiting Perth and Stirling in May this year.

Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland, UK

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

St Peter’s Basilica

The original church built on the site where St Peter is supposed to be buried, dates back to AD349 during the reign of the Emperor Constantine, Rome’s first Christian Emperor. However the church we see today (easily the richest and most spectacular Church I’ve ever visited….and I’ve seen a few) was largely built during the 16th and 17th centuries. 

If the Sistine Chapel was a bit of a disappointment – see previous post – St Peter’s Basilica made up for this in spades. It is quite simply magnificent. Although, like the Vatican Museums, it attarcts a lot of tourists, because it is so vast you never really feel crammed-in and that certainly helps to create a positive impression.

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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