Photographer's Note

This picture was taken recently in the beautiful little village of Culross in the south of Fife very near to where I took this picture and this one looking the other way nearly five years ago. It was taken just after noon with the sun shining strongly from the left and, despite the strong colour saturation and contrasts, I can assure you that I have not in any way altered colour saturation in this photograph! Perhaps contrasts should have been reduced a little but the histogram in "Levels" seemed all right to me - you can check for yourselves! Nor did I use a polarising filter despite the inky colour of the sky!

The building on the right is part of the Palace buildings. The Palace or "Great Lodging" was built between 1597 and 1611 by Sir George Bruce, Laird of Carnock who was a very successful merchant.

In its early years, Culross flourished through coal-mining and was famous for having the first coal mine in the World which extended under the sea, the mine being prevented from flooding by an ingenious mechanism of an endless chain of buckets driven by horse-power. It also had a busy harbour through which it traded with other local and distant ports.

But, in the eighteenth century, Culross gradually became almost a ghost-town. It has now been preserved by the National Trust for Scotland in whose ownership it has been since 1930. The palace has been restored to its original state together with its mustard-colour ochre rendering which is said to be as near to the original as possible. Note also the classic Scottish "crow-stepped" gables.

Culross is a wonderful peaceful haven to enjoy, situated so very improbably as it is between a disused and derelict coalmine and a power-station on the north banks of the Forth and facing the petro-chemical works of Grangemouth on the south side of the river.

Well worth a visit. You have already seen this strange flag at Culross and I shall try to upload some more pictures of this picturesque village again soon.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 415 N: 6630] (26832)
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