A picture taken yesterday during one of my weekly walks with friends, this time of a group of lady ramblers who had paused here in front of the Avon Aqueduct, trying to decide in which direction to continue.
We had walked from Muiravonside Park near here and followed the River Avon to Linlithgow (the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots) - where we had stopped in a pub for a sandwich and a pint of beer - and returned following the Union Canal across the aqueduct, a distance of about 10 Km.
We stopped to speak to these ladies and I took the opportunity of taking a quick photograph of them. Behind them you can see the flights of wooden steps which lead down to the River Avon and then upwards under the aqueduct to come out at the top of the aqueduct which you can then cross by means of a towpath at the side of the canal.
The Avon Aqueduct is a navigable aqueduct on the Union Canal near Linlithgow, West Lothian. It is 810 feet (250 m) long and 86 feet (26 m) high; it is the longest and tallest aqueduct in Scotland, and the second longest in Britain (after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales). It was built after a design by Thomas Telford, there are twelve arches, and the water is carried in a cast iron trough on either side of which there is a cobbled towpath.
Taken with my wife's Canon G10 compact camera which is a lot lighter to carry on these walks than my SLR!
You can see a larger version on "beta" TE here.
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williewhistler (14183) 2014-04-03 3:25
that little camera has done you proud,helped I guess by overcast condition it has captured the details and colours perfectly.
The group of ladies,all suitably dressed for the occasion, add lots of charm and human interest to a very well composed shot.
I`m sure that they would be delighted to know that they are now TE celebrities.
Best regards Les.
jhm (139236) 2014-04-03 3:46
I come always to the conclusion, that the people were very smart, she built aqueducts very high and also yet a navigable aqueducts too.
You took a very nice picture with the people busy in discussion, at to follow the best and most interesting path.
Thank you for your interesting text, I learn everyday something on TE.
Excellent daily life picture with the people in foreground.
A nice composition also a lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Nicou (122040) 2014-04-03 5:31
quelle vue e tiamge sueprbe ces vestes rouge quelle compo e tiamge et ces arbres ce pont de pierre quelle vue grandisoe cpatage et iamge.
Bravo et amitiÚ
timecapturer (48778) 2014-04-03 5:43
impressed that you are doing weekly walks, especially if they are 10 km too! Didn't realise Scotland had gone metric, is that a precursor to becoming independent ;-P. I like this glimpse of the woods and surrounds of the beautiful aqueduct. Lots of immaculate detail and wonderfully controlled light that captures the mood of this place so effectively. Nice one!
Regards - B.
saxo042 (37564) 2014-04-03 9:05
This is a very attractive picture with many dimensions and parts. The inclusion of people always improves pictures,especially if they are dressed in this eye-catching red colour... An interesting bridge in the background too. Also an enjoyable discussion about cameras, I like the G10, but after 5 years, something went wrong with it. I bought my new G1 X in USA last year and I am very happy with it. Some months ago; I had a problem with it, but it had a world guarantee, so it was repaired without any cost at all.
holmertz (41059) 2014-04-03 10:05
I am trying to figure out what this photo would have looked like without those people. It could still have been a nice view of the river and the elegant aqueduct, but I really can't imagine it without a human presence. The road cutting across the corner absoluely needs to be filled with walkers. And of course having three out of five wearing red is just not to be missed. The fwe green plants also add a nice colour. This is altogether a pleasant photo from early spring.
Silvio1953 (122269) 2014-04-04 11:18
Ciao John, lovely composition with beautiful bridge and nice people, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Romano46 (18452) 2014-04-05 9:04
la Scozia ha un particolare fascino per chi vive nei paesi mediterranei perche i suoi colori sono inconfondibili e perchŔ le bellezze naturali si uniscono molto bene alle architetture che hanno sempre dei colori bruni che ben si inseriscono nel paesaggio.
Anche in questa Ŕ evidente questa caratteristica con l'acquedotto che si inserisce perfettamente nell'ambiente che lo circonda.
Le uniche macchie di colore contrastanto sono quelle degli abiti delle persone che stanno facendo la loro passeggiata e che creano il giusto contrappunto con la severitÓ e la dolcezza del paesaggio.
Squisita la composizione e nitidezza e contrasto ai pi¨ alti livelli.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
annjackman (19635) 2014-04-05 23:11
These ramblers look very well kitted out and obviously red is the preferred colour which was lucky for you! A lovely natural group set against the winter landscape, although I do see signs of spring. The aqueduct adds extra interest. You do get some super images with the Canon G10.
Best wishes, Ann
jcpix (13658) 2014-04-07 16:48
With so many of your recent pictures that have an immediate scenic attraction, I was drawn towards this one today for its story and relative simplicity. In fact, it's the simplicity that I find to be the greatest quality. You've proven here that it doesn't take a big, expensive camera or touristy location to come away with a wonderful image. In fact, I dare say most people who do just that don't even understand how their pricey toy really works outside of full automation.
Anyway, a debate for another venue. You've recognized an opportunity and composed a scene that so many wouldn't give a second thought, thus reaffirming your keen awareness and vision. The red jackets infuse a burst of bold color into the setting, but do not detract from the other natural colors and elements. I could go on and about about technical details, but I'll wrap it up with just a few words...opportunity seized brilliantly! :)
Enjoy the new day ahead. All the best.
Cheers from across the big blue,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20480)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-02
- Categories: Nature, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G10
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-03 3:10