Edinburgh council has set up a skating rink for christmas in Princes Street Gardens, a public park in the centre of the city.
I went there for a while today when shopping and, no sooner had I taken my Nikon out of the bag, I was challenged by a 'security' guard who told me photography was not allowed.
I argued politely with the guard, saying that there is no law against taking pictures of people in public areas, but he was not listening and threatened to have me removed and to call the police.
I really wanted to stand my ground but could see the situation would escalate.
So I left but with a very bitter taste in my mouth, really for the implicit suggestion that I was up some nefarious activity.
Strange the guard chose not to evict the dozens of other people with small point-and-shoot cameras and mobile 'phones. I guess having a DSLR is the sign of a paedophile, or something.
On a different note, the picture of the skater in the background is a reference to the famous picture by Sir Henry Raeburn
entitled "Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch" painted in about 1795.
I do wonder whether 'security' challenged Sir Henry with his evil brushes and canvas.
Some last minute christmas shopping today in Edinburgh, so I thought I would take the Nikon and get a few candids.