Threipmuir Reservoir – Watercolour with some pencil

Threipmuir Reservoir lies to the south of Edinburgh in the foot of the Pentland Hills. This scene was taken from the “Red Moss Nature Reserve” which lies adjacent to the reservoir. The reservoir was built in 1848 to supply water to the city but is only used as a reserve today, Edinburgh’s needs being far greater than this, and other similar reservoirs, can supply. It acts as a breeding ground for many types of wildfowl and fish.

I was out sketching last week and started this scene as the skies darkened. I only managed rough guidelines as the rain began to fall really heavily. (This, therefore, was finished at home). Quite surprising as the month of April has been one of the driest on record. The area, right in the middle is normally under a fair amount of water so this should be a large lake. Since the start of May we have had lots of rain, cool temperatures and plenty wind – a typical Scottish Summer, in fact. Who would bet against the reservoir returning to its full capacity soon?