Monday, December 10, 2012

Hail Storms and Bagpipes

   Here are some photo's I took when I got stuck walking during a hail storm. It was an odd hail storm because it was sunny and hailing at the same time.

  Today while out and about I encountered something interesting.... the sight and sounds of a bagpiper. He was a middle-aged gentleman adorned in full Scottish regalia. On top of his head was a little hat with a tassel  He was wearing a jaunty black jacket, but the best part of his outfit was his kilt. It was checkered green and blue. He looked very dapper. He rounded the corner and began playing his bagpipes to no one in particular. I was the only person around but I'm not sure if he saw me. Usually when I think of bagpipe music, I think of mournful melodies echoing in rain drenched graveyards. But this bagpiper was playing Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy', which as the name implies is not a particularly sad song. After his very short rendition of 'Ode to Joy,' he walked off in another direction probably to play different songs for different unseen strangers.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

I have always loved the sounds of bagpipes. it's a melancholoy sound but beautiful nonetheless.

Mohala Johnson said...

I loved these photos, and what a neat treat to be able to hear bagpipes!

Amber said...

Thank you both for the comments. Bagpipes are very beautiful and it was super fun seeing the dapper bagpipper!