Entries of the Scottish Seabird Centre’s Nature Photography Awards

The Scottish Seabird Centre is a visitor attraction in North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland. Opened by Charles, Prince of Wales in 2000 and funded by the Millennium Commission, the showpiece of the centre is the network of cameras which beam back live pictures from the bird colonies on islands such as the Bass Rock and Fidra. The local abundance of gannets, puffins and more has been described by Sir David Attenborough as one of the “Twelve Wildlife Wonders of the World”.

Barry Forbes took this picture called Tangled Kites. (Scottish Seabird Centre) Continue reading »

Ballet Dancer Claire Robertson Promotes Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker

Claire Robertson from Scottish Ballet, poses dressed as the Good Snow Flake inside a life size snow globe on Buchanan Street during a promotion for Scottish Ballet’s festive production of The Nutcracker on November 20, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland. The Nutcracker opens at the Theatre Royal on December the 8th, the production delves deep into the darker reaches of Hoffmann’s original tale in a fresh and vivid retelling of the famous Christmas story. In photographs by Jeff J. Mitchell. Continue reading »

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Ready for Public

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery is ready for the public after undergoing renovation. It cost 17.6 million pounds to renovate the museum, which is located in Edinburgh, Reuters reported.

“The portrait gallery now occupies the whole building for the first time,” National Galleries director John Leighton told Reuters. “We have opened the upper floors to provide 60 percent more space.”

In the Ramsay Room at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. (Reuters / David Moir) Continue reading »

Fun with Foam: Scottish Co-Eds Partake in Yearly Tradition

Students embrace after dousing each other with foam at St. Andrews University in Scotland on Monday, Nov. 21. The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins out of gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to do so could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam. (David Moir / Reuters) Continue reading »

Scottish Castle Covered in Graffiti

Patrick Boyle, The Earl of Glasgow and his son David, Viscount Kelburn pose at their home Kelburn Castle on August 30 in Largs, Scotland. The Earl of Glasgow has asked Historic Scotland if the graffiti can remain as a permanent feature of the Castle. The local council allowed the mural to be painted on the wall by Brazilian artists in 2007, with a three year limit put on the graffiti pending the start of rendering work at the castle. (Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images) Continue reading »