Loch nan Carraiagean ring cairn, aviemore

Solstice Rainbow

Solstice Rainbow over Loch nan Carraigean Ring Cairn The late December weather has been tough with hardly any let-up from the squally storms, rain turning to sleet and back again and no break before the next bout.  Come the midwinter solstice and I was determined to get out before total cabin fever set in.  After […]

Frosted Cotoneaster

Frosted Cotoneaster Leaf Aren’t the colours in this perfectly seasonal?  The Solstice has passed and the darkest days are behind us, both in the cycle of 2012 and in the greater cycle of the Mayan calendar. 2012 has been an intense year in many ways, with many energetic shifts on our beautiful planet.  These are, […]

Christmas Trees

Cairngorms from Rothiemurchus forest This image was taken at this time of year two years ago when it was minus 14C, towards the end of a long ski through the forest, with the snow catching the afterglow colours from the sunset.  This week, the recent snow and ice has stripped away and its been comparatively […]

Solstice tree

Sunset tree in a field of snow, near Drymen, Loch Lomond. Unlike the south, we have had hardly any more snow since the last load, but it is very frosty.  By my calculations it is the solstice on Tuesday 21st where we mark the turning of the year.  It seems to have absolutely raced by […]

Sunset on Ice

Sunset on Ice. Loch Insh, Strathspey. After several sub-zero days the ice had built up, with shoreline pressure-triangles created by the wind in the initial freeze.  The swans ‘trumpeting’ from the nearby marshes added to the late afternoon atmosphere. Now? Thick snow falls and I’ve been out playing on my skis all morning! As we […]


Orchid. The first orchids are out this week.  They mostly seem to grow in bogs, hence the photographer rapidly developed “wet-knee” syndrome. There’s quite a variety of them – they’re not just foreign exotic plants, but native exotic flowers too! Solstice Greetings! Its the longest day.  The time of greatest vitality in the solar cycle…  […]

Solstice Birch

Solstice Birch. There’s been precious little “sol” this week, rather more of the wind, rain and sleet.  So here’s an image from last year’s solstice instead. Solstice Greetings! – It gets lighter from here on – “You darkness, that I come from, I love you more than all the fires that fence in the world, […]

Solstice morning

Midsummer solstice landscape, Kincardine Hills and River Spey, Strathspey. I was up today before 4am, to climb Craigellachie hill behind Aviemore, to catch the solstice sunrise.  The sun was already high by the time I took this at 5am. After the last two weeks of miserable cold wet weather (and fresh snow on the hills […]

Clava Solstice

21/12 Solstice sunset – Clava Cairns A few minutes before sunset at Balnuaran of Clava, near Inverness, after a beautiful week of temperatures down to minus 10 with clear skies. I resonated the inner chamber with some didgeridoo playing, as the setting sun shone down the passageway.  (The cairns are perfectly aligned to the setting […]