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 […]

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 […]

Distant ridges, Monadhliath mountains, Strathspey

Monadhliath Misty Mountains

‘Distant Misty Ridges’, Monadhliath Mountains The day had been mostly cloudy with a damp start, but around mid-afternoon it started to clear.  Although I could see blue sky above, everywhere was a thick, warm, haze.  After an hour’s (hard) climb I was on the summit of Craigellachie, taking in the atmosphere.  I have rarely experienced […]

White Crocus

White Crocus

Crocus flower Its spring, we’re just past the equinox, the sun is warm (if you’re in the shelter away from the biting wind!) and its time for a crocus image.  These wee flowers are so cheery after a long Scottish winter 🙂 I watched the Channel 4 documentary programme ‘Live from Space‘ – broadcast live […]

Glenfeshie Hills from Ord Ban

Glenfeshie Hills

Glenfeshie Hills from Ord Ban, Strathspey Winter refuses to give up… our cold spring continues with a weekend of sleet showers (and sunshine) and a biting wind.  A lot of snow has melted in this last fortnight, but there was fresh snow on the hills again.  Although it was cold up on the hilltop, it […]

Loch Vaa Reflection

A moment of reflection at Loch Vaa, Strathspey Its been a very dull week – snow, sleet, rain, dark cloud… This weekend especially has been rather dreich with heavy rain down here, although snowing on the hills…  However, the walk around Loch Vaa was very peaceful, with a multitude of reflections.  I find the colours […]

Silence and Space

Loch Vaa and Ben Guilbin, Strathspey, September Here is Loch Vaa again from that perfect day a couple of weeks ago… rippling beautifully in the sunshine.  I always find that Ben Guilbin (the hill behind the loch) has a mysterious quality.  It certainly has a bit of an ‘atmosphere’ when walking there, a certain energetic […]

Insh Island and Mull

The Firth of Lorn, Insh Island with Mull beyond, from Dun Mor, Ellenabeich, Argyll Although winter returned this week, with Strathspey receiving up to 10″ of the white stuff during the week, it came and went so quickly that I’ve chosen to stay with an image from the recent West coast trip.  I love the […]

Crescent moon and afterglow, midwinter

Crescent moon and sunset afterglow, midwinter. Taken while cross-country skiing out in the woods near Aviemore. Although it was long after sunset (about mid-afternoon…) the sky was bright and the snow reflecting the pinks and purples lit my way home. The Highlands have been in a Scandinavian weather system all week, with temperatures down to […]