Watch out for falling rocks by Tom Gomez

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An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Stucture

The Ross Fountain in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, with part of Edinburgh Castle (the Hospital block) in the background.

Cast near Paris, France in the Durenne ironworks in the early 1860’s. It was an exhibit in the Great Exhibition in London in 1862 and was purchased for Edinburgh by Daniel Ross a local gun maker and philanthropist. After much deliberation as to what to do with it, it was finally assembled in West Princes Street Gardens in 1872.

The gold coloured iron structure shows a standing naked woman at the top surrounded by four more seated naked nymphettes representing the arts, science, poetry and industry. Below the first tier are a collection of mermaids.

The celebration of the naked female is typical of classical French design, but it wasn’t appreciated by everyone, Dean Ramsay (1793 – 1872) whose church, St. John’s was nearby, called the fountain “grossly indecent and disgusting”.

The Ross fountain is now a Category A listed structure of historic importance (HB Number 27911) under the care of Historic Scotland.

Edinburgh Castle dominates the city of Edinburgh like no other castle in Scotland, and Edinburgh Castle is unequalled in the whole of the British Isles. Over one thousand years of history sit on top of the famous Edinburgh rock. In recent years there have been concerns about rocks falling from the cliffs onto the gardens below, so the rather ugly netting has been draped on the rock face. Hopefully, over time, it will weather enough to be less noticeable.

Princes Street Gardens at the heart of Edinburgh’s City Centre were once a lake called Nor’ Loch. The Loch, which had been the trash dump of Edinburgh for centuries was drained in order to improve access from the New Town to the Old Town. Later, the Nor’ Loch was transformed into the beautiful Princes Street Gardens we see today.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens
Exif data from the JPG
F-stop f/4.5
ISO 200
Focal length 37 mm


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    wow amazing shot and view :)

  • Thank you so much dear Elaine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Excellent work and composition!

  • Much appreciated Denis …

    – Tom Gomez

  • GerryMac
    GerryMacover 5 years ago

    excellent composition Tom and love the HDR treatment! great blurb!

  • Thank you kindly Gerry …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 5 years ago

    Great shot and view Tom x

  • Thank you dear Irene …

    – Tom Gomez

  • joak
    joakover 5 years ago

    superb tom the netting in the background looks like a waterfall ..but then ma eyesight is rubbish!

  • Cheers Joak, ah ken whit ye mean mate …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 5 years ago

    As usual fantastic work Tom

  • Thak you so much dear Gina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    great, great capture as always, Tom!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Lois, you are always so kind …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    Classic & Wonderful shot of a wonderful Castle Tom

  • So pleased you like it dear Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Debbie Roelle
    Debbie Roelleover 5 years ago

    Very nice image and view.

  • Thank you Debbie, very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1over 5 years ago

    brilliant viewpoint!! another great shot!

  • Thank you kindly dear Maggie …

    – Tom Gomez

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