Following the Path

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The steep, rocky and rather busy path up to the Storr, Isle of Skye.

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Rain over Beinn Achaladair

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Rain over Beinn Achaladair and Glas Bheinn mountains, near Bridge of Orchy in the Scottish Highlands.

Probably my favourite shot from last year, this image sums up the fabulous experience of being in the Highlands. The contrasts of light and darkness really come together to add some drama, even menace, to the mountains. It could almost be a reflection of the history of Scotland as well as the geography. The rain swept across slowly, so slowly in fact that i could take photos and do a short timelapse video on the iPhone.

Rain over the mountains

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Stopping to take the photographs hasn’t been easy. The viewpoint area offers a stunning panorama of the mountains and is always a popular stop with tourists in buses, car, bikes etc.  On several previous occasions (the first there was a lone piper playing – mountains+pipes=perfection) there was literally no room to park a bike, let alone the car, so i had to pass by. Last year i managed to get there earlier at around mid morning, just before the traffic started to build, park up and finally get some shots. You can get a good cup of tea there too!

As a mountain photograph goes, this is the one i have to beat. I have a large print on the wall of this photo, and i’ve also used it as one of the new header images on this blog.  Rain, mist and highland mountains… it just captures it perfectly. Hopefully next time i’m passing, the piper will be playing!

The Path to the Old Man of Storr

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This was one of my favourite images from last year’s trip to Skye and the great day I had climbing up to the Old Man of Storr – even though I did carry my camera kit up too!

The path in the photo winds its way up to the real start of the climb not that far past the gate, the place where people usually make the decision to continue or turn back. A series of daunting looking steps starts the climb after that point. It’s well worth the effort but you have to be properly prepared for the steep climb.

One thing you can’t fail to miss as you walk up is the apocalyptic landscape around you where the trees have been harvested. Hopefully when I return later this year, a new set of trees will have been planted that can be harvested again in around 20 or 30 years.

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When i was looking at the photo on screen I noticed that the man in the centre of the photo is turning around and looking back. Did he sense someone was taking the photo? It’s probably more likely that he is just taking one last look at the Storr before heading back to the car.