Friday, December 11, 2009

Skywatch - Blue skies and oil waste

Blues skies over Broxburn shale bing on Thursday morning.

A bing is another word for slag or spoil heap.  This particular bing is shale waste and is part of the original oil boom which took place over 150 years ago in West Lothian. It always makes me think of Uluru/Ayers Rock when I see it.  It is part of my own heritage too, since my ancestors worked down these mines. 
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In Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Wow, a huge red mountain against the blue sky, it does resemble Uluru/Ayers Rock. But do empty mine tunnels underly it?

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Di said...

Hello Jacqui, thank you for stopping by and saying hello. What a most unusual formation, and your photo is very stunning.

Sylvia K said...

Hi Jacqui! thank you for stopping by my blog and for your comment! Always appreciated! This is such a stunning shot and such an interesting post! And I love your header shot! Lovely!

Have a great weekend!


J Bar said...

Good one.
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DoanLegacy said...

Great capture!

Linda said...

I did actually think, 'Jacqui's in Australia now?? She does gad around' before I realised it was Broxburn. Some people think they're unsightly, but you're right, they're a reminder of Scottish heritage. Interesting to read that you had family members who mined there.

sunnymama said...

That sky is an incredible blue! I enjoyed the interesting story behind the picture. :)