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 […]
After the daily pour had temporarily ceased. the sun obliged by granting me this lovely rainbow, and a beautiful reflection of the sunset rays on the hills.
Continuing my annual quest to get the waterlily image that I’m after in my head
From a sparkling day in early summer when all the leaves are fresh and brand new. These two giant-sized fir stand guard near the banks of the Findhorn Gorge and have an amazing uplifting energy.
An old pine standing in the bog in the (very) squelchy edge of Loch Mallachie, Strathspey, glowing in golden sunset colours.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]