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 […]

Dragonfly (Black darter) basking on rock, Craigellachie

Black Darter

Dragonfly basking on rock I think that this is a ‘Black Darter’, which lives up to its name by hardly ever being still enough to photograph, darting constantly from reed to reed and zooming around the edges of the lochan in the late summer sunshine.  When we get a day like this, I love to […]

birch light

Light in the Birch

Light in the Birch I walked to the Craigellachie lochan arriving just before sunset – the sun sets sharply behind the steep crags which circle the loch.  The birch are about to come into leaf (very early this season after the warmer winter) and have a beautiful purple colour.  I’m amazed at the effect of […]

frog, craigellachie NNR


Frog, Craigellachie Lochan, Aviemore There is a day every year which marks Spring like no other.  Suddenly, overnight, the lochan is heaving (literally) with frogs.  Frogs are everywhere, in the pond, going to the pond from the surrounding marsh and bog, or returning exhausted from the pond, sprawled across the footpath around the loch.  I […]

Winter Birch reflections, Craigellachie Lochan


Calm reflections, Craigellachie lochan, Aviemore There’s been a bit of a gap in the Inspirational Image since December.  Partly down to the seemingly endless stormy weather – I haven’t been out at all with the camera in weeks – partly I’ve just had my head down!  Its been unseasonally warm (I’m using warm here in […]

Autumn birch wood in mist, craigellachie NNR Aviemore, Scotland

Blue and Gold

Birch Gold, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore There’s been no photography this week, with ongoing gales, rain and storms, so here’s another image from that spectacular morning this time last year.  Its all about being in the right place at the right time – as the mist swirled and cleared, and suddenly the sun shone […]

autumn mist and golden birch, craigellachie national nature reserve

Craigellachie Mist

Autumn colours on a misty morning, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore This was taken last year on a stunning autumn day of early mist clearing to crisp sunshine.  The woods are just as beautifully orange now, but so far there has been an absence of crisp mornings! I’m hoping we do get some good days […]

Myriad reflections


Myriad Reflections, Craigellachie Lochan, Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore The birch trees on the lochan’s edge were just coming into leaf.  Although it was an overcast day the sun was showing enough to create a bright spot which combined with the size of the ripples to create this multitude of fragmented reflections. “He showed me […]