August Moon

August Moon

The moor in the late evening, the near-full moon glowing orange in the post-sunset, while the hills merge into an abstract haze.

Giant Guardians, Findhorn Gorge

Forest Guardians

From a sparkling day in early summer when all the leaves are fresh and brand new. These two giant-sized fir stand guard near the banks of the Findhorn Gorge and have an amazing uplifting energy.

Sparkling raindrops on geranium flower

Geranium

Sparkling raindrops on Geranium Our Scottish summer is in full swing – moments of intense sunshine  sparkle through the raindrops.  This image is from the garden, a lovely pinky-purple geranium first thing in the morning after a night of rain. The garden is full of bees, so we must be doing something right.  Big bumblebees […]

Cranesbill and grass, wildflower meadow, Newtonmore, Strathspey

Wildflower Meadow

Cranesbill and grass, wildflower meadow, Newtonmore, Strathspey The Wildcat Trail along the Spey riverbank at Newtonmore, is, in early summer, a beautiful native wildflower meadow.    This is marginal land – of no agricultural value, prone to winter floods, so it has been left alone for nature to flourish, whilst still having some limited use […]

Bee on Dahlia

Dahlia Bee

Dahlia Bee This particular bee was either asleep, drunk on nectar, or just taking a nap, as it stayed on the flower for over 2 hours, giving the occasional lackadaisical wave of its antennae.  Even with the bee at rest it wasn’t an easy photograph – the flowers have very long stems and wave around […]

Sunlit silver birch

Argus Meadow

The play of light, Silver Birch, Strathspey The meadow is a wild grassland, an open space amongst the surrounding birch woods.  There are old tumbled ruins suggesting that it was once farmed, or maybe a sheiling where animals were taken to graze during the summer.  Earlier in the summer it was full of wild flowers, […]

Lily Loch reflections

Lily Loch

Evening reflections at the Lily Loch Inspirational Image has been a bit quiet recently – three weeks seem to have gone by in the space of one! A summer evening at one of my favourite places, Lochan Mor in Rothiemurchus, otherwise known as the Lily Loch.  Regular readers may notice that the loch and its […]

geranium, wildflower meadow, midsummer

Midsummer Meadow

Cranesbill, wildflower meadow, River Spey A midummer’s day stroll through the most beautiful wildflower meadow by the banks of the River Spey.  Unfortunately the day was overcast, with just occasional brief bursts of sunshine – enough time to focus, not enough time to complete a photo – but the flowers were beautiful. I love the […]

plockton

Plockton

Plockton, West Coast, near Skye The famously-picturesque village of Plockton on the West coast, one of Scotland’s most fjord-like locations – perfect reflections on a perfect summer’s day.  This particular image looks slightly surreal, as it combines two exposures (one exposed for the highlights, one for the shadows) to form a ‘High Dynamic Range’ image. […]

Foxgloves

Foxgloves

Foxgloves, Rothiemurchus How often so you see such a deep blue sky in Scotland?  This tangle of foxgloves were growing in a meadow where trees had been felled, making a vibrant splash of colour on the steep slope. Here’s an etymologist’s musings on the derivation of the name foxglove – the summary?  Nobody knows where […]