The Kirkhill Astronomical Pillar

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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In 1776, the 11th Earl of Buchan, who lived at Kirkhill House, Broxburn in the 18th Century created a scaled model of the solar system which also contained a prediction for a transit of Venus in 2225. Given the technology at the time, the calculations are incredibly accurate.

The Earl preserved the calculations by engraving them onto this stone pillar in 1777. The pillar originally stood outside Kirkhill House but is now located outside the Visitor’s centre in Almondell and Calderwood Country Park, West Lothian, Scotland.

The Earl was also a passionate environmentalist and left an immortal message inscribed on the front of the pillar Digna Manet Divini Gloria Ruris, translated as Pay homage to the heavenly sent land.

The park is a semi wild nature retreat open to all. Shot taken on 7th May 2010.

The Kirkhill Astronomical Pillar is a Category B Listed structure (HB Number 14232).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Canon 18-55mm IS
ISO: 200

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Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 3.2.9.

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

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