The Back Braes (back lanes) in South Queensferry, Scotland, the town where I live, at 12:36 PM on Christmas Eve, 2009.

Snow (other than the short lived inch or so) has become increasingly rare at this latitude in Scotland over the last 20 years, so it is nice to see a decent fall of snow, even if it does cause chaos to our transport systems.

I’ve been really ill with flu for the last week. Today has been the first time I felt up to getting outside with my camera. I really thought I was going to miss all the snow.

Formerly in the county of West Lothian, South Queensferry lies on the south shore of the Firth of Forth, 10 miles (16 km) west of Edinburgh. It has been an important crossing at least since 1071 when Malcolm III granted free passage at the ‘Queens Ferry’ for pilgrims on their way to St Andrews. A ferry service operated until 1964, the year the Forth Road Bridge was opened.

South Queensferry was created a burgh of regality in the 13th century and made a Royal Burgh in 1636. It traded actively with Europe in the 17th century. Buildings dating from this period include Laburnum House, the Hawes Inn, the Tolbooth Tower, the Black Castle, the Old Parish Church and Plewlands House. St Mary’s Episcopal Church (from 1441) was a monastery and hospice before the Reformation. The Hawes Inn features in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel ‘Kidnapped’.

Today, South Queensferry is a dormitory settlement for Edinburgh and a yachting centre with electronics, oil storage and whisky industries.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS


Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.

Related shots can be found at:
South Queensferry, Lowland Scotland and HDR.

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    First, Tommy…. I want to say that I am so glad that you are better and able to go out and take pix of your snow. This is a wonderful image, beautiful in every way!!! The history that you provided here is once again so interesting… great reading!!! Thanks Tommy for your great talent…. great presentation!!! Instant… hope I can see this (without the snow :))) … it looks like a nice place for a stroll!!! Merry Christmas!!!!

  • Thank you so much dear Jz, Sylvia and I had a wonderful walk in the snow. The temperature was -3 Celsius (26.6 Fahrenheit), but we were well wrapped up and I had my hiking boots on so my feet stayed dry.

    The back braes are a great way to get across town. There is no traffic, other than the occasional bicycle.

    For a summer shot of the Back Braes, click here.

    Hope you are all prepared for Christmas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 4 years ago
    Beautiful image and I do love South Queensferry it’s quaint and every nook and cranny is worthy of a snap. Keep well and have a Happy Holiday!!!
  • Thank you so much biddumy, so glad you like it …
    Compliments of the season to you and yours – Nollaig chridheil huibh.

    – Tom Gomez

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Another gorgeous winter capture Tom, I was too busy to get out shooting today :(

  • Thank you Lynne, I had a great day out. So glad you like the shot …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, Tom, and grand wee history lesson. Thanks! Glad to see you’re on the mend and I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas. “Compliments of the season” – I haven’t heard that in donkey’s years. What a wonderful term!

  • Thank you kindly Mike, Queensferry is a nice area and even better in the snow …

    Compliments of the season from Scotland to you and yours – Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Scottish Gaelic).


    – Tom Gomez

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 4 years ago

    It certainly is a beautiful area. When I was a kid, we used to live on Craigmount Avenue North (just off Drum Brae Road) and often go for a wander along the River Almond. If memory serves me right, there’s some Roman ruins along that way.

  • You are correct Mike, have a look here

    – Tom Gomez

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot..

  • Thank you kindly Jason …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely Winter scene and history Tom. Stay warm and well :)

  • Thank you so much dear Trish, always appreciated. Have a wonderful Christmas …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Beautifuly snowy scene!! Well done!

  • Thank you so much Wendi …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 4 years ago

  • Thank you Cora, I am honoured.

    Compliments of the season from Scotland to you and yours – Nollaig chridheil agus bliadhna mhath ùr (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Scottish Gaelic).


    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • My pleasure

    – Tom Gomez

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