NT2772 : Arthur's Seat 'Lion' from St. Leonard's Bank

taken 9 years ago, near to Duddingston, Edinburgh, Great Britain

Arthur's Seat 'Lion' from St. Leonard's Bank
Arthur's Seat 'Lion' from St. Leonard's Bank
This view substantiates the perception that Arthur's Seat resembles the shape of a lion 'couchant'. Chiang Lee, Chinese exile and author of 'The Silent Traveller' books of the 1940s, viewed it somewhat differently.

"But now as I reached the end of Park Road joining the direct path to the hill, the shape of the hill had changed. It was no longer a tortoise but - a sitting elephant! (...) Soon there were neither crags, nor rocks nor footpaths, but the elephant-hill was still visible. (...) My elephant appeared to have been lifted by the mist to a higher position; it sat there in ease and content, oblivious of the waves of mist madly chasing each other in all directions, its small eyes refusing to be troubled. (...) Later in the day I bought an Edinburgh evening paper and read about 'Arthur's Seat', which it appeared was the name of the rock on the hill I had seen that morning. I learned with horror that I had completely misinterpreted the shape of this hill and rock, for the Scots have always seen them as a lion!" -- Chiang Yee, The Silent Traveller In Edinburgh, 1948

See also NT2471 : Two of a kind, Canaan Lane
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Date Taken
Friday, 25 September, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 October, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 274 728 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6131N 3:9.8076W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NT 267 728
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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