Sailing into the sunset

A ferry passes the headlands of Mull, in the glow of a peachy sunset.  From the island of Easdale, on Scotland’s west coast. A few days enjoying the tranquility and peace on the tiny island of Easdale, days spent just watching the endlessly changing sea, the constant interplay between sea, clouds, the light and the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Braeriach

Wintry Braeriach

Braeriach in perfect late winter conditions Conditions on the mountains were quite stunning this week, with deep frost and the most perfect blue skies.  I love this time of year when the days are becoming longer, spring is under way down in the valley, and the mountains are at their best for snow cover.  The […]