December 11: Fog crystals on the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1890

Friday 11 December 2020

Fog crystals on the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1890 (BLS-6-14). A lantern slide by G W Wilson from the Brotchie Lantern Slide Collection.

The Ben Nevis Meteorological Observatory was operational from 1883 to 1904.

George Washington Wilson was a photographer based in Aberdeen in the 1850s to 1890s. He started in portrait photography but by the 1860s he had progress to landscape photography supplying the expanding tourist market with prints and stereoscope pictures.

Lantern Slides were positive images that were the projected by a “magic lantern” for a group of people to see. The slide would often be sold in themed groups which enabled people to give talks on their travels or present lectures on subjects or events.

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2 thoughts on "December 11: Fog crystals on the Ben Nevis Observatory, 1890"

  • Bob Blesse
    Bob Blesse
    Friday 11 December 2020, 6.31pm

    What a gorgeous image! It's almost surreal with the blending of the blue and white colors and the strange shapes. I'll bet it was cold up there! Many thanks!

    • Rachel Nordstrom
      Rachel Nordstrom
      Monday 14 December 2020, 10.27am

      Thanks for your comment Bob. I agree, it is such a strange image and hardly looks real! Too cold for me! Glad you are enjoying the Advent Series on our blog. Best wishes, Rachel


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