Glasgow, in southwestern Scotland, is a city I have spent a good deal of time in over the last few years. It is music that brings me to Glasgow, traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, and Canada usually. When I am not involved with music, I like to walk my neighborhood– I always stay in the same one — and let details unfold.

Kelvingrove Park on a misty winter morning — that mist is what’s known in Scotland as freezing fog. It is both things, very dense fog and very cold. Quite beautiful though, and makes for quiet walking in the park, which is a major feature in the landscape of Glasgow’s West End.

The campus of the University of Glasgow, which rises to the northwest of the park,is said to have been one of JK Rowling’s sources of inspiration when she was imagining what Hogwarts School in her Harry Potter books looked like. This view into one of quads gives a taste of that

as does, in a different way, this detail of a wall on the main university road.

As night was falling one evening, I was on my way to a talk at the university — and very interesting it proved, with several speakers talking about past and present connections between Scotland and Canada — I came upon this gatekeeper, who did not mind having his photograph made.

My Glasgow walks take me in many directions. Here’s a bit about another one Meeting the Mitchell

and this one, too Quiet Moments: Glasgow School of Art.

and there is always the music Celtic Connections: twenty years of music

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