Last night was a beautiful evening with lovely late golden light. I went for a walk at Drumbuie to try and see if any orchids were flowering yet, and to capture some images of the globeflower which I knew was in full flower. Globeflower is a fantanstic lemon yelow flower in the shape of a globe, slightly smaller than a ping pong ball. It thrives in areas of seasonal grazing like the rougher areas of the meadows at Drumbuie, and as you can see from the above shot is an early flowering plant that likes wonderful views. The following shot was taken using my 105mm macro lens but the plants were waving around a bit in the northerly breeze and it was very difficult to get a sharp image, this being the best one.
As for the orchids, well it is still a bit early for them, but we did get some early Northern Marsh Orchids in the wetter areas.
The Common Lousewort is another small flower found in these acid grasslands, and was in flower too, so I took the opportunity of taking another macro shot for reference purposes.
Beyond the flowers, the landscape was also wonderfully lit, although the low bright sun posed some difficulties in exposing images properly and avoiding flare from the lens.
Finally on the way home I stopped above Balmacara Square to capture this shot lookng towards the Five Sisters of Kintail which were lit wonderfully as the sun set behind me, producing fantastic pink/purple clouds.
Last night it was one of the practical meetings of the South Skye Camera Club with the destination being Kyleakin. It was a fabulous evening with excellent light for shots of Eilean Ban Lighthouse and the Skye Bridge and Castle Maol. The above shot was the best of the evening I think, taken just as the sun dropped below the top of the bridge and the reflection of its rays was perfectly placed behind the reflection of the lighthouse.
The following shots are the best of the rest, including the next one which is simply part of a reflection on the waters of An-t Ob.
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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