Sun through grass raindrops

Sundrops

Midsummer evening sun through meadow raindrops. This image seems to sum up the last week for me – we’ve had day after day of humid, rainy, grey days, but within that some intense sunny spells too.  We have so many hours of daylight at midsummer, but with the constant grey cloud it can be quite […]

Crocus

Crocus flower and leaves Its spring – the sun has shone all week and although its still very chilly at times, there has been some real warmth.  Crocus bulbs have shot up all over the garden, and the first few are in flower.  I was trying to do something a bit different from the straight […]

Perfect September Day, Loch Vaa

A perfect September day, Loch Vaa, Strathspey Blue sky, a cooling breeze, the warm resin scent from the pines, sun-sparkling water… good company to share it with… what more could you ask for?   At Loch Vaa yesterday I was full of appreciation for this beautiful country we live in, and for the friends I […]

River Dulnain

River Dulnain from Sluggan Bridge One of my favourite places – the sparkling River Dulnain just upstream from Sluggan Bridge, near Carrbridge, taken in the recent spell of sunshine. “The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it’s going to go and where you’ll wind up. Following the bend in the […]

In the Birch wood

Sun and shadows in Birch Taken yesterday in the Birch wood, as occasional glimpses of sunshine shone through the wood.  It was one of those days (so beloved by Scottish photographers…) where by the time one has whipped out the camera, the light has gone again with the sun behind clouds, and you wait ten […]

Wood Anenome

Wood Anenomes, Craigellachie Birch Wood, Aviemore This week, Spring happened… Here in the Highlands it was a stunning five days of constant sun with hardly the faintest puff of white cloud the whole time.  The mornings started icy, the air during the day being that clarity of simultaneously burning and freezing which we can get […]

Sun on the moor

Sun, clouds and fresh snow on the Monadliath Today: a celebration of the elements.  We had an inch and a half of fresh fluffy snow when I awoke this morning, the first we have had here in the Highlands since December.  It has been an unusally snow-free winter for us, at least judging by the […]

Cuillins from Tokavaig

Cuillin Mountains from Tokavaig, Isle of Skye I had an amazing week, on a fiddle camp with master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, hosted at the gaelic college on Skye (Alasdair Fraser week at Sabhal Mor Ostaig).  Not only was the tuition amazing, but to have 9 days of such continuous sunshine on Skye is almost unheard […]

Misty Haze, Loch an Eilein

Misty haze, Loch an Eilein A perfect spring day at Loch an Eilein, basking in hot sunshine through a misty haze, after a frosty start. Spring Equinox Morning frost, iced crocus colour, Geese honking north (follow the V). Frogs everywhere – On their way to The Pond – On their way back from The Pond […]

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 […]