Clouds on Fire

Clouds on Fire

Clouds catching the sunset, Glen Einich I love this time of year,  as winter gives way to signs of spring, the days rapidly lengthen, and the evenings are long enough to get out for a quick spin on the bike before dark. In this case, a quick spin up the Glen Einich track to the […]

Pine Tree, Loch Vaa, Ice freeze, Cairngorms National Park

Pine Freeze

Pine Tree, Loch Vaa The light was stunning on this day –  it had an intense quality, reminiscent of the light I’ve experienced in Arizona or the Colorado mountains.  Loch Vaa was a frozen expanse, glinting in the sunshine. Something about this tree grabbed me, apart from its wonderful shapes – it seemed to be […]

Sun and snow on birch tree

Snow Trees

Snow and Sun Its been an unusually calm winter with very little snow.  For just a few days last month we had a few inches of soft fluffy whiteness, perfect for an afternoon wander in the sudden sunshine after snow showers. The sun was low, giving this striking illumination in the birch. After sunset, the […]

Balcoes View, Ribeiro Frio, Madeira, portugal


The view from Balcoes, Ribeiro Frio, Madeira. Looking down to Porto da Cruz and the ocean beyond. Despite the rugged panorama, this was an easy 3km walk on a nearly-flat gradient, alongside one of Madeira’s famous levada irrigation channels.  The walk took us through a ferny woodland and rock cuttings before coming to the spectacular […]

Birch tresses in winter light

Birch Tracery

Birch in winter light, Craigellachie Coppery tresses of birch streaming in the wind. The heavy frost which had built up over several days was thawing as a warmer breeze came in, making the birch glisten in the sun.  I love how the tresses adorn this most graceful of trees, and her wintry silver and copper […]

Misty goln sunset rays across strathspey

Misty Golden Distance

Golden rays stream across Strathspey before sunset It has been below freezing all week, with some lovely sunny days – although daylight doesn’t last long now we’re almost into December. I took the steep route up Craigellachie, over very steep ground in deep shade, and emerged blinking in bright sunshine onto the ridge for the […]

Old pine stump relections at Loch Mallachie sunset

Mallachie Pine

Old Pine, Loch Mallachie at sunset An old pine standing in the bog in the (very) squelchy edge of Loch Mallachie, Strathspey. Photographing here always means wet feet… but its worth it for the colours, the reflections, and the atmosphere. Pines at the water’s edge, glowing with sunset colour Local wildlife photographer Neil McIntyre is […]

strathspey golden hour glow at sunset

Golden Hour

Sunset glow across Strathspey The Cairngorms to the left, the River Spey cutting through Rothiemurchus and Kinrara, and Loch Alvie to the right, from Craigellachie. It had been overcast and cloudy, but I took a chance to climb Craigellachie, and was rewarded as the clouds cleared and the setting sun streamed across the land, turning […]

Findhorn Fall

Autumn Colour in the Findhorn Gorge Randolph’s Leap, on the gorge of the River Findhorn.  The wooded hillside down to the gorge is mostly Beech, but there are some mighty spruce and cedar, which bring in an incredible energy and presence.  You feel it from the road as soon as you drive through.  Just being […]

Cairngorms Mist Inversion

Cloudscape above mist inversion, Cairngorms The forecast promised a classic September morning – early mist followed by bright sun.  I was ready for it with an early start, and after an hour’s steep climb was on the ridge above the mist.  I was rewarded with amazing views across the misty forest and into the Cairngorms, […]

Scots Pine in heather bloom, rothiemurchus, Cairngorms National park, Scotland

Beauty and the Beast

Scots Pine in heather bloom The light was just incredible on this late evening, just before sunset, the heather glowing purple and giving off clouds of pollen.  Unfortunately there was not even the slightest breeze, and thick clouds of midges were taking full advantage. Its an exercise in pure mental focus to concentrate on a […]

waterlilies, lochan mor, rothiemurchus, cairngorms national park, scotland


Waterlilies on Lochan Mor Its time for the semi-annual foray to see the waterlilies on Lochan Mor (literally – the large-sized small loch… Gaelic place-names are so completely descriptive).  Earlier in the summer the flowers were mostly submerged, after all the constant rain.  Now they’re floating nicely.  I love how the light shines through them […]