The Back Braes (back lanes) in South Queensferry, Scotland, the town where I live, at 12:35 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.
In the background is the Forth Bridge. This unique steel Cantilever Bridge with three diamond-shaped towers crosses the river Forth from South Queensferry, to North Queensferry. The bridge was designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Baker. The bridge was built by Sir William Arrol.
Constructed started in 1883. The bridge was opened in 1890 at a cost of £2.5m (~£205m in todays prices) and 57 fatalities among the construction crew (it is now believed that the actual death toll is likely to have been closer to 80).
The bridge is still in use today, carrying the railways to the north from Edinburgh.
Along with the Forth Road Bridge (about half a mile to the west) these two bridges form the main traffic arteries north and south.
Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
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Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix Pro 3.2.