Cranesbill and grass, wildflower meadow, Newtonmore, Strathspey

Wildflower Meadow

Cranesbill and grass, wildflower meadow, Newtonmore, Strathspey The Wildcat Trail along the Spey riverbank at Newtonmore, is, in early summer, a beautiful native wildflower meadow.    This is marginal land – of no agricultural value, prone to winter floods, so it has been left alone for nature to flourish, whilst still having some limited use […]

Cairngorms rainbow during violent storm

Sunshine and Showers

Rainbow over the Cairngorms Braeriach, seen through a rainbow from Craigellachie.  I can scarce remember such a stormy summer (???) week.  There has been fresh snow on the high tops every day this week, with constant gales and heavy showers. In a rash moment brought on by some in-between sunshine, I climbed Craigellachie in the […]

Bee on Dahlia

Dahlia Bee

Dahlia Bee This particular bee was either asleep, drunk on nectar, or just taking a nap, as it stayed on the flower for over 2 hours, giving the occasional lackadaisical wave of its antennae.  Even with the bee at rest it wasn’t an easy photograph – the flowers have very long stems and wave around […]

Sunlit silver birch

Argus Meadow

The play of light, Silver Birch, Strathspey The meadow is a wild grassland, an open space amongst the surrounding birch woods.  There are old tumbled ruins suggesting that it was once farmed, or maybe a sheiling where animals were taken to graze during the summer.  Earlier in the summer it was full of wild flowers, […]

Lily Loch reflections

Lily Loch

Evening reflections at the Lily Loch Inspirational Image has been a bit quiet recently – three weeks seem to have gone by in the space of one! A summer evening at one of my favourite places, Lochan Mor in Rothiemurchus, otherwise known as the Lily Loch.  Regular readers may notice that the loch and its […]

Poppy Raindrops

Poppy Raindrops

Raindrops on poppy One from the garden this week, to illustrate summer in Scotland.  Its bright and sunny, then as the towering cumulo-nimbus pass, the temperature drops about 10 degrees and the downpour… pours. I love the richness of colour in this, though, with the brightness of the water droplets. I’m very aware of, and […]

geranium, wildflower meadow, midsummer

Midsummer Meadow

Cranesbill, wildflower meadow, River Spey A midummer’s day stroll through the most beautiful wildflower meadow by the banks of the River Spey.  Unfortunately the day was overcast, with just occasional brief bursts of sunshine – enough time to focus, not enough time to complete a photo – but the flowers were beautiful. I love the […]

plockton

Plockton

Plockton, West Coast, near Skye The famously-picturesque village of Plockton on the West coast, one of Scotland’s most fjord-like locations – perfect reflections on a perfect summer’s day.  This particular image looks slightly surreal, as it combines two exposures (one exposed for the highlights, one for the shadows) to form a ‘High Dynamic Range’ image. […]

strath dulnain woods black and white quadtone

Light in the woods

Light in the Strath Dulnain woods, Black & White quadtone I do like playing with the dreamy tones you can get in Black & White 🙂 Evening light coming low through the woods with added emphasis from the dramatic shape of the high wispy cloud.  The woods here are a surviving fragment of our original native […]

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Foxgloves, Rothiemurchus How often so you see such a deep blue sky in Scotland?  This tangle of foxgloves were growing in a meadow where trees had been felled, making a vibrant splash of colour on the steep slope. Here’s an etymologist’s musings on the derivation of the name foxglove – the summary?  Nobody knows where […]

Cloudscape, Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond Cloudscape

Clouds and sunbeams, Loch Lomond Dramatic lighting across Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills, as sunbeams swept across the landscape through the fast-moving clouds.  This is one of the things I love about Scotland – the constant interplay between clouds and sun, water and land creates a dynamic lighting which totally changes the landscape from […]