Friday, 27 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: V


I like to ask my husband to pull over at different viewpoints along the roads in Scotland, or whenever I spot something that I simply can't just pass by. Scotland has many different viewpoints, all boasting beautiful scenery and landscapes, all with something different and unique to offer our eyes. Here are just a selection of the ones we didn't let pass us by.

Snowy mountains visible from Lochaber

Pulled up on the road leading to Eas a Bhradain, an impressive waterfall on Skye

Looking out from the summit of Bealach na Ba

On the way back down from Bealach na Ba, looking out over the sea to the rugged mountains of the Cuillin range on Skye 

Stopping at Glengarry viewpoint for some soft dusk light

A little slope down to a pebbly beach on the road to Ardnamurchan

And finishing off with a serene view of Loch Linnhe, our campsite location

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: U


I photographed this view as we drove over the bridge connecting the Isle of Skye to mainland Scotland. I love how the road seems to come to an abrupt end high upwards into the vast blue sky.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: T


I spotted these tree trunks on a small golf course by Lochcarron. Our road back to Fort William was closed for maintenance for an hour and a half so we decided to park up here and have a wander around to pass the time. I like how they are lined up against the backdrop of the loch and mountains.

The very tall and vertical lines of the trunks stretch upwards towards the surprisingly blue sky (looking in the other direction was the complete opposite- dark grey and stormy!)

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: S


These friendly roadside sheep were great models for me, willingly posing as we drove past!

A sideways smile...

...followed by a cheeky wink!

Friday, 20 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: R


A very photogenic mass of rock on the shores of the silver sands near Arisaig

Showcasing how clear the water is in Loch Linnhe- looking through the water at the multicoloured rocks on the loch bed

A little later, as the sun goes down, we look for rocks to skip along the still, calm water

to create mesmerising ripples on the surface

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: Q


My mother and me quivering in the sheer coldness on the summit of Bealach na Ba! I honestly cannot tell you how freezing it was, but I was wearing 6 layers, thermal socks, a pair of thermal gloves, a hat and two hoods- maybe that will give you some sort of idea! Well and truly quivering!

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: P


Many of Scotland's lesser roads are single track, and the only way to get two cars going along them is to have these small wide spots in the road called passing places, where one car will pull in to allow the other to pass by. They are conveniently marked with these signs, shown in my photos here along Bealach na Ba, the third highest road in Scotland.

The roadside animals seem to guard their passing places well by staring you out as you drive by, just daring you to come any closer!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: O


It has been an extremely overcast day here in Leicester, UK, today. However, it didn't quite look as appealing as this (my views home in Leicester consist of two brick walls and a frosted window pane):

I quickly shot these two images on a blustery beach in the highlands on the evening we arrived there. For reasons you can see, I didn't keep my camera out in these conditions for long!

These grey, overcast skies are a common feature here; Scotland is renowned for them! I am astonished at how it seems to add to the scene in front of you rather than detract from it.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: N

(Ben Nevis)

Our camp site was situated close to the tallest mountain in Scotland, Ben Nevis. As we strolled along Loch Linnhe at sunset, a snow covered Nevis was illuminated in the evening sun and framed from above in a spray of peachy pink clouds.

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: M


I am trying my best to stay caught up with the A-Z Challenge schedule! I had to take a few days to catch up on other things too, most importantly my University work! So here is my M post:

Saw this spongy looking, almost fluorescent in colour moss attached to the slippery rocks of a roadside waterfall on the way to Skye. The raindrops caught in it's grip look like tiny little diamonds.

A mussel shell positioned on the pebbly beach of Plockton, adorned with tiny white, weathered barnacles. (Take a few moments to observe the colours found in the pebbles and shells here- such a variety of warm  purples, reds and yellows. I never really noticed until I looked closer at it!)

I really enjoy picking out these small details that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Friday, 13 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: L


I love Scotland for it's wide open, isolated areas- you can go walking in a place or stop by the roadside and see nothing else but the vast landscape and a few sheep. I love looking for those 'lone' objects and places. Here are just a few examples-

My husband skimming pebbles on the shore at sunset with not another soul in sight

A lone cottage, the only one on the other side of the loch- my ideal home!

One lone lighthouse guarding the coastline for ships sailing the Atlantic

A beautiful tree I spotted along the roadside last September near the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, on view to the world atop it's own grassy mound

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: K

(Kyle of Lochalsh)

A Scottish Kyle is a strait or a narrow- a channel of water that lies between two land masses. The Kyle of Lochalsh is a town situated next to a strait that goes between the Scottish mainland and the Isle of Skye. I took these shots on the Skye bridge which crosses over the Kyle, connecting the two together. These are shots from my September 2011 trip to the Highlands.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: J

(and Venus)

On our last night in Scotland, my husband took me out for a night time stroll by the loch. I set my camera and tripod up for a long shutter on the stars, particularly Jupiter and Venus which are very visible at the moment. I ended up with this stunning image and I am very pleased with it! I am not sure which is which though! It is amazing to see how many stars there are once you get out into the open and a long shutter captures even more that you can see yourself at one time.

This is as big as I can get the image on here without oversizing it, but there are a lot more stars visible on it in a larger size!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: I


I never imagined my trip to Scotland this past week would include driving through blizzards and snow covered mountains! I also saw frozen waterfalls with huge icicles hanging down, but never managed to get a photograph :( Hopefully these icy images display the coldness well enough for you!

Stopping off at a parking space to embrace the chilly Scottish air and stand face to face with the atmospheric snow covered mountains

These next three images were taken through the windscreen of our car at about 40mph, so they're not perfect but I like them a lot!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

April A-Z Blogging Challenge: H


My goal for this trip to Scotland was to photograph a Highland Cow as I didn't get the chance to back in September. I love their long fur hanging down by their face and in front of their eyes, it makes them look almost prehistoric and out of place amongst other animals. These guys were completely unfazed  by a car driving past and having a big camera lens pointed in their face by me as they hung out on the roadside!

Guarding his ground

A-Z Blogging Challenge: G

*Glowing and Glorious*

Everyone can take photographs of a sunset. I must have taken thousands in my life. I have seen sunsets and thought to myself, 'wow, that's pretty!' I have appreciated them and recorded them through my camera, but never before have I experienced an act of nature quite so spectacular as this. It honestly was glowing and glorious to watch. This is the sun going down over Loch Linnhe last week after a day of driving through blizzards (notice the snowcapped mountains in the background), only to find the sun brightly shining at the other end.
I have added no colour, I have enhanced no colour, these are simply visual records of what my eyes were viewing at this particular time.

This is a reflection...

...of this

My zoom lens picked up the golden peachy colour of the last traces of sunlight as it eased it's way behind the rugged horizon

A-Z Blogging Challenge: F


I am a lover of lens flare. Some people would say it ruins photographs but I think, in moderation, it can beautifully enhance an image. I spotted this lone tree half way up a waterfall on the Isle of Skye. The sun was behind it and so when I zoomed in to compose my image, it created this dramatic lens flare, giving a colourful, illuminated effect.