Cairngorms Mist Inversion

Cloudscape above mist inversion, Cairngorms The forecast promised a classic September morning – early mist followed by bright sun.  I was ready for it with an early start, and after an hour’s steep climb was on the ridge above the mist.  I was rewarded with amazing views across the misty forest and into the Cairngorms, […]

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 […]

Distant Shine

Sun glinting on the distant plateau of the Gaick hills. Winter has still hardly arrived with only a few mildly frosty days. This weekend however saw some snow on the hills, and an icy start with blue skies.  The sun was blinding on the distant snowy mountain-tops, although obscured by the intervening thick haze, which […]

Beams of golden light across Flodden Moss from the Campsie Fells after a storm

Campsie Gold

Beams of golden light after a storm Dramatic skies on a stormy summer evening, in the Campsie Fells near Fintry, North of Glasgow. Looking across the Flodden moss towards the Trossachs and Ben Lomond in the distance.  And yes, it did pour on me, but not for long 🙂 The cloudscapes were amazing, with everchanging […]

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 […]

Badenoch from Kinrara, Scottish Highlands

Badenoch Sunset

Badenoch from Torr Alvie Badenoch means ‘the drowned land’ and is the name of the district around Kingussie in upper Strathspey.  The Insh marshes form a large part of the district, and are said to be one of the most important marshes in Europe.  The marshes flood regularly in winter, absorbing and holding a massive […]

sunset looking south over badenoch from Torr Alvie, Aviemore, Scotland

Badenoch from Torr Alvie

Looking south over Badenoch, from Torr Alvie, near Aviemore Torr Alvie is a wonderfully mysterious hill, rising up in the middle of the valley, covered in ancient natural forest (an open mix of birch, oak, beech, pine and juniper).  The ‘easy side’ is a long southwards slope which catches the sun, with a great view […]

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 […]

harray landscape, orkney

Harray Landscape, Orkney

The district of Harray, Orkney I love the feeling of space and the light in this image of Harray.  The clouds are full of life, too!  One of the things I love about Orkney is the constantly changing play of light on the land and numerous lochs and sea. “One can appreciate & celebrate each […]

The Perfect Mirror

Ice and branch, Loch an Eilein Thankfully it has been a much warmer weekend after the severely cold start – Spring may be properly on her way at last. Here though is another image from the  icy days at Loch an Eilein a couple of weeks ago.  Overnight ice held within a floating branch. Reflection, […]

Loch an Eilein

Brooding clouds and reflections, Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus. Black and white, quadtoned. Its been a good week with some lovely spring moments.  This was taken on a bike ride around Loch an Eilein one late afternoon.  I was hoping that the sun would burst through the dark clouds for some contrast, but it didn’t happen […]