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, […]

Loch Mallachie sunset in perfect callm

Loch Mallachie Sunset

Perfect evening calm, Loch Mallachie Loch Mallachie is really just a slightly deeper bit of the surrounding bog, close by the famous Osprey reserve of Loch Garten in Strathspey.  Stunted, characterful pines grow out from the marshy edges, and from the small island.  The loch is home to many birds which breed here in the […]

Beams of light over Strathspey from Ord Ban

Beams

Beams of light pour from storm-clouds over Strathspey, from Ord Ban Ord Ban is a great wee hill.  Its very steep, but the old Victorian-built path winds up gently, until the final section when there’s nothing for it but grit and determination!  Luckily its only a short steep section. Once on top, the views up […]

Craigellachie Birch

Blue and gold

Autumn Birch, Craigellachie A stunning autumn morning at Craigellachie lochan, one of my favourite places locally.   The lochan is definitely a morning place – at this time of year the sun sets behind the crag by late morning throwing the wood into shade.  There was just one morning recently when we had early sun, so […]

autmn beech, rothiemurchus, cairngorms national park

Autumn Beech

Autumn Beech wood, Rothiemurchus Autumn has been late this year, and its stayed warmer longer than usual.  In this last week the Highland woods have been glowing against deep blue skies with beautiful days of sunshine. Beech tree glowing in the light of the sinking sun Pheasants squawked and scattered as I wandered, and I […]

Glengariff evening light, Glengariff, Co. Cork, Ireland

Glengariff Light

Changing light, Glengariff, Co. Cork, Ireland I’ve fallen in love with this south-west corner of Ireland, her ever-changing light, and the magical landscape.  For anybody with a heart open to feeling, it truly is magical, an energy that can be sensed as you drive the winding coast, or better yet as you slowly walk in […]

Loch Garten sunset, Strathspey, Scotland

Loch Garten Sunset Pines

Sunset Pines, Loch Garten, Strathspey Most of the day had been grey, however as evening came on the clouds cleared allowing the setting sun to shine through.  Loch Garten has very ‘fluid’ edges, with boggy marshes and pine-islands, and one of these made an atmospheric sunset-spot.  The sense of space and quiet was immense, with […]

September morning reflections, Loch an Eilein, Strathspey

September Morning

Golden September Morning, Loch an Eilein We often have the best ‘summer’ weather late on, in September.  Its the classic time of early morning mist, golden sunny warmth, and chill evenings.  Here in Scotland we’ve enjoyed a few such days this week. This is early morning at one of my favourite places. The thick mist […]