Pine reflections at sunset, Loch Mallachie I love the quality of light at this time of year, especially on frosty, clear days like this. Rare, sparkling days that illuminate the gloom of a Scottish December. Sunset comes mid-afternoon, but beautiful sunsets with rich, warm rays striking horizontally for a graphic effect; cold air contracting into […]
Lochan Mor, Rothiemurchus Lochan Mor in the golden hour before sunset, on a perfect early autumn day of complete calm, and incredible clarity of light. This was a few weeks ago at the end of September – we haven’t had any days like this since! Its wonderful to experience such colour and clarity, a feeling […]
Indian summer happened last week – a day of stunning blue sky, glowing colours, and amazing clarity of light.
Golden rays stream across Strathspey before sunset. A winter panorama of the frozen Cairngorms from Craigellachie.
An old pine standing in the bog in the (very) squelchy edge of Loch Mallachie, Strathspey, glowing in golden sunset colours.
Sunset glow across Strathspey – the clouds cleared and the setting sun streamed across the land, turning the autumn colours to gold.
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 […]
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, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]