I am not a religious man, but I do enjoy the paraphernalia of Victorian christianity, especially the wonderfully over the top churches and hymns of that time.
Today, as this church near Dean Bridge in Edinburgh was bathed in golden hour light, I thought of Lesley Garrett's wonderful recording of "The Holy City" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyyldeYrqLc). The contrasting light, the intricately building bathed in golden sunlight seemed perfect for a powerful soprano fronting a symphony orchestra and powerful church organ shaking the floor with its massive bass notes.
On the technical side, this is a five-shot HDR merged with Photomatix, then a bit more processing to balance out the church with the rest of the shot.
Cramond Island is an "tidal" island in the Firth of Forth. At high tide, it's an island. At low tide, there's a path you can walk to get to and from this so-called island.
You just want to make sure you come back to the mainland before the tide comes in.
Running just to the east of the path (the right in this picture) is a row of concrete pillars. These were built during WWII as a submarine trap, to prevent subs getting upriver on the south side of the island. (I'm guessing there must have been something on the north side of the island too, but I don't know what)
It's been a while since I have been at the Forth Bridges, and work is clearly moving on. The caissons are now starting to sprout concerete - presumably these will be the supports for the bridge. And at the south side (the left of the picture) the first of the land-side supports for the bridge are visible.