So this week has been wack-a-doo. Last Friday, I messed up my toe so badly that I thought I broke it (photographer’s aside, I dropped my Wacom Tablet on it). Fortunately, it seems to be going back to its normal size and color, so I don’t think it’s broken. Two days ago, I came down with a nasty flu that kept me fever-y and incoherent for almost an entire 24 hours. I tell you this because my post may be long and have lots of typos to demonstrate my health as of late!
Whenever I go anywhere, even if it’s in my own backyard, I find that I have a compelling need to capture what I see with my camera. When traveling far from home, I don’t usually buy souvenirs, I take pictures.
In 2004, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to travel to Scotland for a week. When I found out I was going, I agonized a bit over how to cram my 35mm camera, black and white and color 35mm film (yes, film), my Holga toy camera (which I miss like NO other) and the 120mm film it required all into my tiny backpack so that I carry it on the plane. I didn’t want to take the chance that all of that would be lost if I checked it. I totally put more effort into packing my camera bag than my clothing bag. The fact that I didn’t care whether or not my checked bag of clothing made it to Scotland is hilarious to me, but shows that I completely had my priorities straight. Haha!
When I first got to Scotland, I was extremely jet lagged and convinced that I was in a non-English speaking country. It actually took me a few days to become accustomed to the Scottish brogue, which made me feel pretty dumb. Once I got my bearings, I set out with my camera in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
- Doors to Glasgow Cathedral
One of the first places I visited was the Glasgow Cathedral. I minored in Art History in college, so to visit a real cathedral with Gothic architecture was so exciting for this nerd!
- Inside Glasgow Cathedral
I was completely awe-filled while walking around inside that sacred spot. To feel the cold dampness and know that was how the place had been for hundreds of years was so amazing. My husband was a little freaked out when I started to cry over it all. See, I told you I’m a nerd!
- Mama deer keeping a lookout
Behind Glasgow Cathedral, there is a humongous cemetery called Necropolis. I spent hours enamored and completely in love with the Victorian headstones. Though I took tons of images there, this one was the most inspiring to me. In the middle of Glasgow, in this cemetery, I happened up on a mama deer and her two babies. This was an absolutely magical moment for me. At first, mama was upset that I had encroached upon her territory and started to run away. Something changed her mind and she hung out with her little ones for a bit longer. I got to see them nursing from her, graze on grass, and her protectively keeping her eyes on me to make sure I was not a threat. It was an absolutely beautiful experience.
While in Glasgow, I walked everywhere. I love cities that make it easy to do that! Because of where I was staying and where all the action was in the town, I crossed Glasgow Square sometimes two or three times a day. I captured these images there:Could they be any further apart?
- The lion and pigeons are super good friends. They poop all over him and he just slyly smiles the whole time.
- Schoolboys making faces on a bus. Too freaking cute and funny!
One afternoon, I got bored and rode a cheesy tour bus around Glasgow. I tried to snap the above shot of some school boys making faces at the tourists. I regrettably missed them, though you see half of one of the boys on the right. They were so funny and free. I loved seeing this!
Another thing I saw was this elderly couple. They seemed comfortable and happy with one another. I thought it was very sweet.
- “Honey, what’d you think about that there thingamajig we just saw?”
For some reason this struck me as funny. I don’t remember where this sign was, but it’s blatant declaration of “GIRLS” didn’t seem demeaning or belittling, the way the word can sometimes be twisted/presented in our culture. It seemed more of an ironic statement: “GIRLS” yea, so what!
- Breeeehhhhhhhh! Leave me alone! I am an angry stone! Grrr.
It’s getting late and my face is starting to look a lot like the one on this statue above. Hopefully, you’ve not gotten too bored and have gained some small piece of inspiration from what you’ve seen. I’ll be back soon with images from Edinburgh!