Beams of light over Strathspey from Ord Ban


Beams of light pour from storm-clouds over Strathspey, from Ord Ban Ord Ban is a great wee hill.  Its very steep, but the old Victorian-built path winds up gently, until the final section when there’s nothing for it but grit and determination!  Luckily its only a short steep section. Once on top, the views up […]

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 […]

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 […]

Birch Baubles

Birch Baubles

Birch trees shimmering with light Some more images from last week’s outing to Torr Alvie.  With no wind, the morning mist left the trees and grasses coated in dewdrops.  In the low temperature these don’t evaporate but stay all day, coating everything in a multi-faceted sparkling silveriness of countless refractions through the water drops. As […]

Sunset colours over the Monadhliath, from Craigellachie, Aviemore, Scotland

Purple Distance

Sunset colours over the Monadhliath A final image from last week’s set, taken from Craigellachie after sunset.  The thick haze which had hung about all afternoon blurred out all detail, leaving just the deeply colourful main ridges.  I find the deep blue-purple shades to be very satisfying. Looking up, it was a surprise to see […]

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 […]

Midwinter sunset

Midwinter Sunset

Solstice Sunset over Craigellachie, from Granish Moor, near Aviemore This is taken from near by the local Neolithic ‘Ring Cairn’ (otherwise known as the Stone Circle, which it isn’t), a suitable walk for midwinter solstice.  Dramatic beams of light striking the clouds, shortly after sunset. Its been a very dark couple of weeks (physically), with […]

Glenfeshie hills, cairngorms national park, autumn-winter

Autumn turns to Winter

Late Autumn colour and first Winter snow, Glenfeshie Hills, Cairngorms A late November day in Strathspey, the near-sunset casting a warm glow across the landscape in contrast to the crisp air.  There is something I really like in the shape and flow of the forested middle-distance hills against the steep-sided hillside behind. It is always […]

September morning mist, Craigellachie Birch wood

Beams of Light

Morning Mist, Craigellachie birch wood Most of September has been rather dreich, but thursday morning dawned with thick mist, and a slight frost early on.  I was hopeful that the mist would burn through and grabbed the camera.  Sure enough, a deep blue sky started showing through the mist, and I was able to take […]

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 […]

Fiery sunset mist, caledonian forest, Rothiemurchus

Fiery Mist

Fiery mist in the Caledonian Forest, Rothiemurchus Our three weeks of heatwave summer came crashing to an end on saturday with some close-up thunder, lightning and torrential rain.  However, shortly before sunset the sun reappeared, and the forest started steaming after all the rain.  I spent a breathless ten minutes jumping through the heathery bog […]