NT2573 : Edinburgh stour near the Mound

taken 8 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

Edinburgh stour near the Mound
Edinburgh stour near the Mound
It may look like only a random pile of leaves, twigs, grit and the debris of the consumer society, but when a gust of wind sets it in motion, it becomes a potentially lethal mixture known as 'the stour'. The 4th July, 2010 was one of those days in the 'windy city' that drove Robert Louis Stevenson to distraction and the calmer climes of Samoa. Just before I took this shot, the stour, trapped in a corner of the art gallery on the Mound and subtly changing its composition every few minutes, was swirling up, as if caught in a mini-tornado. When it began its attack, I was stung twice in the face before adopting the only remedy against it, to turn around and feel the pellets bounce off one's back. Edinburgh people know to do this; visitors just get stung.

"At other times, the winds, instead of rushing down with impetuosity, whirl about in eddies, and become still more dreadful. On these occasions it is almost impossible to stir out of doors, as the dust and stones gathered up in these vortices not only prevent your seeing, but frequently cut your legs by the velocity with which they are driven. The Scotch have a particular appellation for this, 'The Stour'."
-- Edward Topham, 1775
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