21 Apr Glencoe in the Sunshine
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Glencoe in the West Highlands of Scotland are at their most beautiful in changeable weather: the ever chancing light and shade, with clouds hanging from the cliff faces, make for some truly stunning visual spectacles. Simultaneously, an artist and/or photographers dream and nightmare as the scenes definitely demand painting or photographing but capturing the different shades of dark and brightness proves so difficult.
For example, on such a day a few weeks ago, I was driving across Rannoch Moor towards Glen Etive and Glen Coe, and Glen Etive was bathed in beautiful sunshine, while Glencoe (one word and two words deliberate) was shrouded in dark, ominous clouds. Separated only by a mountain, the two could not have been more different. And beautiful it was.
That said with a beautiful clear blue sky and a warm sun shining, the place is something to behold. As today was such a day, and some carless guests wanted to see the place, Mila and I decided we’d go for a walk in the glen. We took and carless guests and drove up to the car park on the A82, where we got out and just stood and stared for a while. Our guests took off, and Mila and I walk down onto the track running up the base of the glen, stopping every once in a while to savour the views and take some photos.
We followed the path up into the beginnings of the Lost Valley, stopping to drop some stones off the bridge into the river. We didn’t go all the way into the valley, as it gets a little steep-sided in places, and with Mila only two-and-a-half, and me with my vertigo, I thought it better if we just sat for a while.
Later, coming back down the glen in the car, I decided to stop at the very small Loch Achtriochtan, and I’m glad we did, as the water was like glass and we got a great photo of the mountains reflected in it.
I’ve yet to invest in a proper camera, so the quality of the photos isn’t great, but beauty is captured, so I’ll let them speak for themselves….