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 gorge, autumn colour

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 […]

Mist inversion, Cairngorm

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

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 […]

Sunset clouds reflected in a small loch, Rothiemurchus, Cairngorms National Park, Scotlnd

Reflection Pool (two)

Sunset clouds reflected in a lochan, Rothiemurchus This week, summer has come to Scotland, and we’ve been basking in the heat. The heather is coming now into full bloom, covering the land in a rich scented purple. In the cool of the evening the moorland scents are exquisite, heather primarily, with a sweetly strong note […]

Sunset Pine, Rothiemurchus

Sunset Pine, Rothiemurchus

Sunset Pine, Rothiemurchus Forest Its been a wee while since the last image email – I’ve been busy, and the weather this summer has been – well, I think its rained every single day since midsummer!  This was on one of the good days recently when the sun deigned to shine, giving us a glorious […]

Glastonbury Tor with dramatic evening cloudscape

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor at sunset With the town nestled around its base, the Tor is at the heart of the mystical Somerset landscape and sits on a major Earth energy line. This energy infuses the local landscape with a tangible feeling of gentleness, and a real heart-opening connection. Clouds were sweeping in for the evening and […]

Oak tree catching golden evening light

Dundon Woods

Evening light in a beautiful Oak, Dundon wood, Somerset The evening light was golden and hazy, and I was drawn to explore a secret path that led up ivy-covered steps, in-between trees, full of character and undergrowth.  The amazing, magical light filtered sideways through the wood,  and at almost every step I could have stopped […]

Beltane May Dan, near Glastonbury, Somerset

Beltane Dawn

Predawn, Glastonbury Tor and Somerset landscape, on Beltane (May 1st) An early rise, a short walk up Lollover Hill in the frosty dew, then a watching wait for the dawn… Dawn, 5.30 am The night before May 1st is traditionally a magical, mystical experience, one of the cross-quarter days of the old Celtic calendar, when […]