Sunday, July 17, 2011

I Heart Macro Sunday/Hogwarts inspiration?

I have missed a few macro Sundays, but I am back.

Right now I am in Ithaca, N.Y. dropping Natalie off at a summer college camp at Ithaca College.
The session she is signed up for is digital photography, so maybe I will learn something as well when she gets home.

I have been saving loads of macro shots on my home computer, but I just have my laptop this weekend. It turns out the shots I have on the laptop are very timely.

I have a strong Scotland connection because that was where my mother was raised. Three years ago Mark, Natalie, Grandma, and myself took a trip to Scotland and visited all the places I went to as a child.

One of them was Edinburgh, and on one of our tours we visited Fettes College. Our tour guide said that it was the inspiration for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling lives in Edinburgh and wrote the series there.

Since the premier of the last Harry Potter movie was this weekend I thought it was an appropriate choice.

As you can see I was more fascinated by the stone carvings, here are several examples.

For some reason the i heart macro button is not working for me this morning. So please click on this link to visit Studio Waterstone and the other i heart macro participants.

Have a great Sunday.


For My Sweet Daughter said...

wow! would love to have been there snapping photos right next to you. Beautiful!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Wow! Love the texture in the stone. It is just amazing what they could do with stone. Thanks for sharing!

Alison said...

Gorgeous photos! I live just outside Edinburgh and used to work 5 mins from Fettes but have never visited it, didn't even know you could!

Patty said...

I'm with you on the architectural carvings! I've been fascinated by gargoyles since I went to France years ago and saw them on Notre Dame Cathedral. They're all amazing, but I love your last shot the best!

Annette said...

Wow!! You got some incredible shots. I would love to visit there someday.

Laura Twiford said...

OMG those stone carvings are unbelievably beautiful! Incredible shots, really really cool!

kimmykats said...

Oh my the wonder of historical buildings. What an amazing trip to see your heritage.

hello gorgeous said...

these are fantastic shots! I love them and can quite understand the inspiration for JK Rowling!


hello gorgeous xxx

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

Oh my word, Anne - the photos are glorious! What beauty. I can see why you love it.

Rebecca said...

So funny seeing these photos of Fettes! I don't suppose you remember the slightly dishevelled looking school directly across from fettes? Well, that's my high school! Its a massive split between private and state education (I bet you could guess even if you didn't know which one fettes belonged to!) and mine was the polar opposite in appearance to fettes. However, it turns out as many fine people (in my opinion :-)) as it's posh neighbour :-). My mum lives (and I still do in my heart) about 15 minutes walk from fettes - on the same road as the silver gate entrance to the botanical gardens, if you visited them.