Friday 31 December 2010: Last sunshine of the year
Following yesterday's resolution to take an interesting picture to finish the year, I walked up to the "Rest and Be Thankful" on Corstorphine Hill. My idea was to take the view towards the city centre in the afternoon light. Looking towards the future, rather like David Balfour at the end of Kidnapped.
We came the by-way over the hill of Corstorphine; and when we got near to the place called Rest-and-be-Thankful, and looked down on Corstorphine bogs and over to the city and the castle on the hill, we both stopped, for we both knew without a word said that we had come to where our ways parted. Here he repeated to me once again what had been agreed upon between us: the address of the lawyer, the daily hour at which Alan might be found, and the signals that were to be made by any that came seeking him. Then I gave what money I had (a guinea or two of Rankeillor's) so that he should not starve in the meanwhile; and then we stood a space, and looked over at Edinburgh in silence.
"Well, good-bye," said Alan, and held out his left hand.
"Good-bye," said I, and gave the hand a little grasp, and went off down hill.
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
I did take that picture but then saw the shaft of sunlight coming round from behind the hill, picking out the flats on Western Harbour, and decided that made a better shot. Once again, photography is all about the light, whatever the ideas I may have beforehand.
A Happy New Year to everyone on Blipfoto, whether midnight has already passed for you, or is still to come. Hope you all have a happy 2011.