Drumbuie is one of the most active crofting townships in Wester Ross, if not the entire mainland, and to think that back in the 1970s this village might have been the site of an oil rig construction yard. Not a pleasant thought but good sense won the day following opposition from the crofters and the NTS the decision was made to abandon these plans in favour of development of the Kishorn yard on the other side of the loch (off to the right of this picture). This crofting township supports a great diversity of breeding birds and 9 species of orchid among other plants and beasties, plus 17 crofting families too! Not to mention that it is a beautiful place as well. I actually stopped to take this photo this afternoon because the light to the north, towards Beinn Damph and Torridon was excellent (see the panorama below, basically taken at right angles to this one) but sadly the contrast between the bright sunshine and the shade of the foreground croftland, and the not very interesting sky meant that it didn't really work well. A good opportunity to use HDR, which I overlooked. Still not too bad.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer (GIS) with his own part-time consultancy business and I work as an estate manager for a national conservation charity in Scotland. I am based in Lochalsh, Wester Ross, Scotland, just next to the Isle of Skye.
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