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Monday
Jun172013

24/04/13 Highlands, Islands and Borderlands

Two weeks booked off from work with the aim of walking and driving across Scotland, catching Pave Hawks in the mountains and watching sunrises, sunsets and the stars aloft some of the highest peaks in Scotland. Unfortunately, the initial two weeks ended up just being a 4 day trip with some friends, taking in the Borders, Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Day 1 saw me in the borders near to Talla reservoir.

Talla is remote at the best of times but in gloomy, grey and windy conditions it's nothing short of hostile. The mountains either side of the reservoir tower over the odd farmhouse, single track road and a lone fisherman as I wind my way up the road that connects to St Marys Loch stopping briefly to photograph a small series of waterfalls.

 

 

After picking up a couple of friends from Edinburgh airport it was a whistle stop tour of the Highlands, taking in Rannoch Moor, Glencoe and Eilean Donan castle before arriving on Skye. The Isle of Skye is home to my favourite view anywhere in the United Kingdom. Elgol. A tiny village at the end of a 15 mile single track road, surrounded by peaks and powerful ocean waves offering a rugged yet peaceful stretch of coastline that is dominated by the Cuillin mountains. 

Sunset here is nothing short of magical as the sun drops behind the hills, the sky glows colours that you can not imagine. Blue, gold, pink, red, orange all being picked up on the waves on the incoming tide that swirls around famous rocky shore.

 

 

So after 636 miles driving in just one day (a new record for me) it was time to hit the hay. The following day was to be spent around the Fair Pools before heading back to the mainland heading further North before returning to Edinburgh. 

Tuesday
Jan292013

30/12/12 Gloomy Glen Etive

Like last year, me and the other half were spending the New Year break away in Scotland with a couple of days in the snowy highlands before heading to Edinburgh for the Hogmanay celebrations. As I don't get up to these parts very often it's always nice to get out with the camera as much as possible. I tried to get out with it on Rannoch Moor, visually it was perfect. Pools frozen solid, icy grass and wild deer running across the landscape and nobody else around. There was good reason. The wind was horrendous. 70 mile an hour winds across the moor. Not even the deer were hanging around. Another trip where the weather was beating me it seemed.

 

 

I tried to photograph the famous Buachaille Etive Mor with the waterfall but it was snowing, cloudy, and at one stage down right dangerous. The road heading into Glen Etive looked impassible in a little city car but I battled through it and then as it descended into the Glen the snow thinned out and the roads cleared, to the point there was no snow on the low mountainsides and as the river was in full flow we decided it'd be a good idea to stop here. Foreground interest was provided by this circular feature in the rock and the sky was held back with a 0.6 LEE Hard Grad postitoned so the graduated part of the filter overlapped the mountainside and the sky to stop the highlights in the snow from being blown out. The eagle-eyed reader might recognise this location from the latest Jame Bond film, Skyfall!