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 […]

Loch Mallachie sunset in perfect callm

Loch Mallachie Sunset

Perfect evening calm, Loch Mallachie Loch Mallachie is really just a slightly deeper bit of the surrounding bog, close by the famous Osprey reserve of Loch Garten in Strathspey.  Stunted, characterful pines grow out from the marshy edges, and from the small island.  The loch is home to many birds which breed here in the […]

Craigellachie Birch

Blue and gold

Autumn Birch, Craigellachie A stunning autumn morning at Craigellachie lochan, one of my favourite places locally.   The lochan is definitely a morning place – at this time of year the sun sets behind the crag by late morning throwing the wood into shade.  There was just one morning recently when we had early sun, so […]

Glengariff evening light, Glengariff, Co. Cork, Ireland

Glengariff Light

Changing light, Glengariff, Co. Cork, Ireland I’ve fallen in love with this south-west corner of Ireland, her ever-changing light, and the magical landscape.  For anybody with a heart open to feeling, it truly is magical, an energy that can be sensed as you drive the winding coast, or better yet as you slowly walk in […]

Loch Garten sunset, Strathspey, Scotland

Loch Garten Sunset Pines

Sunset Pines, Loch Garten, Strathspey Most of the day had been grey, however as evening came on the clouds cleared allowing the setting sun to shine through.  Loch Garten has very ‘fluid’ edges, with boggy marshes and pine-islands, and one of these made an atmospheric sunset-spot.  The sense of space and quiet was immense, with […]

September morning reflections, Loch an Eilein, Strathspey

September Morning

Golden September Morning, Loch an Eilein We often have the best ‘summer’ weather late on, in September.  Its the classic time of early morning mist, golden sunny warmth, and chill evenings.  Here in Scotland we’ve enjoyed a few such days this week. This is early morning at one of my favourite places. The thick mist […]

Loch Mallachie, Strathspey

Upon Reflection

Evening light, Loch Mallachie The sun was close to setting, the low light angle giving these pines a stunning graphical effect, especially against the dark (guinness) peaty water of the loch. Loch Mallachie is really just a slightly deeper bit of the surrounding bog and marsh, with the pine forest growing where it can on […]

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 […]

Spring day at Loch Vaa

Loch Vaa Spring

Spring Day, Loch Vaa A perfect April day – after a frosty start it turned bright and sparkly, the forest around the loch thick with fresh resinous pine scent in the warm sunshine.  Fish were jumping, ducks and geese busy making a clamour – everything seemed to be stretching out to enjoy the sun and […]

Loch Morlich Sunset

Loch Morlich Sunset

Sunset, Loch Morlich, Cairngorms National Park We’ve had some fabulous early spring days, misty-hazy days of surprising warmth (when you’re in the shelter away from the Northerly wind).  Come sun-down and the temperature drops instantly about 10 degrees.  I timed this evening trip to Loch Morlich perfectly, with amazing fiery colours developing after sunset. Here’s […]