cy sunset silhouette on frozen Loch Vaa, cairngorms National Park

Icy Sunset Silhouette

Icy sunset silhouette on frozen Loch Vaa The setting sun projected its rays onto the icy surface of Loch Vaa, before an atmospheric walk home in the growing dark.  The way goes through a mysterious woodland, low-hanging branches thick with mosses, seemingly meaningful ancient stones, and occasional wandering cattle which overwinter in the shelter of […]

Loch Mallachie Sunset Reflections, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Sunset Pine Reflections

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 reflections on a perfect early autumn day

Autumn Tranquility

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Loch an Eilein Reflections in ice, March 2016, Cairngorms National Park

Morning Reflection

Perfect Morning Reflections, Loch an Eilein We’d been having a pattern of misty frosty nights, quickly clearing to perfect blue skies.  I love these early spring days, feeling the warm intensity in the direct sun but crisp in the shade.  With the strong light it quickly becomes too harsh and the contrast too great for […]

Tree island, Loch Vaa, Strathspey, Scotland

Tree-Island

The Tree-Island, Loch Vaa It was a bright afternoon when I went to Loch Vaa – until I got there by which time the afternoon sun had disappeared behind a big cloud bank.  However, it was completely calm, and the muted colours and reflections were well worth the trip. Loch Vaa has no inflow or […]

Frozen Loch Vaa, Strathspey, january

Deep Freeze, Loch Vaa

Icy sunset, Loch Vaa Sunset rays sparkle across the frozen surface, and catch the far shore of frozen Loch Vaa.  It had been below freezing for many days, with all the local lochs starting to freeze hard.  I arrived at the Loch towards sunset, just as the sun managed to break through what had been […]