Birch leaves – Its always a joy to see the transformation over a few days from coppery winter branches to the bright yellow-green of the new leaves.
The sun sets behind the Monadhliath mountains in the distance, through the branches of a lonesome pine, high above the main treeline.
Dramatic clouds filled the sky all around, while a spotlight shone down on my patch of hilltop, before moving on to pick out features on the hillside opposite.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Reflection Pool, Rothiemurchus Braeriach glinting in the distance in the sunset light, as the surrounding Caledonian Forest is reflected in a small loch. I particularly like the glint of golden light on the crags to the right. Its not been a photographically inspiring month, it seems that most of the last month has been […]
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 […]
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 […]
Fern uncoiling, Craigellachie wood, Aviemore I’d been waiting all week for the right light for the ferns – I knew they were sprouting rapidly, uncoiling their inner spirals, but the weather had just been too stormy and cloudy. Several times I made the trip, only to have a big cloud sitting overhead while sunlight flashed […]
Juvenile Blackbird in Holly Tree The Blackbirds have been nesting in the small holly tree in my back garden for the last 3 summers, enlarging the nest each year – just visible through a tangle of prickly leaves. That makes for a pretty safe location! Its lovely having them so close as they hop around […]
Douglas Fir, Feshiebridge, Strathspey A visit to one of my favourite trees in the district – a beautiful Douglas Fir standing on the rocky banks where the River Feshie tumbles through a wee gorge. The tree is named after David Douglas, the Scottish botanist who first ‘discovered’ it in British Columbia and the Western USA. […]