Wintry Braeriach

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 […]

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 […]

Golden light across Glenfeshie after a snowstorm

Storm Clearing, Strathspey

Golden light bathes Glenfeshie after a snowstorm Its easy on some winter days to look out, and decide to stay in…  I went out anyway despite the stormy snow showers whipping across the hills.  My trust was rewarded as a break in the clouds bathed the landscape in a golden glow from the setting sun. […]

Snowstorm, Craigellachie Lochan, Aviemore


Snowstorm, Craigellachie Lochan, Aviemore I’m making no claims that this is a great photo, snapped as it was in an instant before snow clogged the lens, but its great for sharing the atmosphere of the moment.  Snow was piling down, filling the trees, icing up the lochan.  Its good to feel and enjoy the wild […]

Birch tracery in mist


Birch outlines in mist. I love the delicate, graceful shape of the Birch and how the branches combine into a delicate tracery.  Thick mist filled the valley all day long, but it felt better to be out and enjoying it then sitting indoors thinking it looked heavy out!  Its subtle, but there’s a delicate purple […]

Strathspey sunset from Torr Alvie

Misty Forest Sunset

Sunset over Strathspey  from Torr Alvie Late afternoon strands of mist rose from the forest, turning fiery in the setting sun, the camera balanced on a convenient fencepost for support in the lower light. I realised that one of the reasons I love nature photography, apart from being out in my favourite places and sharing the […]

Breathing forest

Breathing Forest

Morning mist, Cairngorms National Park The mist rising from Kennapole, as seen from Torr Alvie, with the crags of Glenfeshie beyond, on one of those rare early winter days when the world conspires (and inspires) to amaze with beauty, the forest appearing to breath. I say morning mist, in fact it was already well into […]

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 […]

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 […]