I had a great day out with the camera yesterday, with Caz Austen. We visited a few places around Loch Maree, the pinewoods of Beinn Eighe and Torridon on a wonderful sunny day with pristine blue skies. The hills had a little dusting of snow on their tops, contrasting beautifully against the blue sky and the last of the autumn colours.
The above shot was taken from the shore of Loch Maree looking towards Slioch. The low angle does reduce the impact of the height of the mountain a little, but I like the composition with the rocks in the foreground leading the viewer into the frame. The next shot better illustrates the steepness of the hillside on the north side of the loch.
We arrived at Loch Maree relatively early, and the light on the trees on the north side produced an attractive image, captured in the following shot. There was a bit of frost on the trees, creating a slightly muted colour palette.
Just back from the shore are some amzing pine trees and a truly odd birch tree. The following two shots show, first the amazing roots of a large granny pine, right by the shore of the loch. These roots must have been exposed by the waters of the loch and they create a marvellous pattern against the stones. The second shot is of a twisted birch branch. The branch is about 30cm in diameter and looks like it has been corkscrewed somehow.
Further from the loch, moving uphill slightly, there is the pinewood proper, with a great array of old and young trees, offering occasional vistas across the loch towards the hills on the north side. The first shot was taken looking through the trees towards Slioch again. The second, looking slightly further east to a smaller knoll known as Beinn A' Mhuinidh. The early light shining on patches of the woodland provided a lovely mix of light and shade, with some trees highlighted beautifully.
On turning round from taking this shot to put my camera back in my backpack, I noticed some lovely frosted blaeberries growing out of purple sphagnum moss. I decided to experiment with a little macro photography using my Sigma 105mm macro lens and a variety of combinations of extension tubes to try and get in really close. These two shots are the best of the lot. I love the frost crystals on the leaves.
By this time it was nearing luncthime so we decided to head to Torridon for some food. On the way I decided to stop for a quick visit to Loch Clair to catch the views of Liathach and its reflection in what had to be a flat calm loch. My guess was accurate and on arrival we were both stunned by the perfection of the view. Quite a bit later we left for a late lunch with lots of shots and just about every angle covered. These are a selection of my favourites, some in colour, others in balck & white.
After lunch we headed along the north side of Loch Torridon to Diagbaig. By this time the light was getting pretty low, but it was still quite bright. The low angle of the sun was producing wonderfully warm light and amazing colours. It had been a long time since I was last in Diabaig, it wont be so long again as it is a fantastic place for photography.
I am an amateur photographer who is also a Chartered Geographer 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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