Scotland, beautiful whatever the weather

03/03/2012
The Braes towards Ben Tianavaig and Totternish
Scotland, beautiful whatever the weather

The weather in Scotland is so changeable. Even in the middle of a snow shower, with bitter winds howling around your ankles, a glimmer of light appears over the mountains and a few minutes later one is bathed in sunshine.

Take yesterday for instant. A clear bright dawn transcended into squally showers of sleet and snow before morphing into a bright, warm, (for the time of year), day followed by storm clouds late afternoon. It is probably this quick change of weather matched with the stunningly beautiful landscape that makes me love the place so much.

As photographer’s, we use the light for our craft. As a landscape photographer, using the light is what it is all about. As I have said many times before, we can’t beat Mother Nature, we have to work with her. Here in Scotland, the Isle of Skye to be precise, she provides plenty of opportunities, it is up to us to take them.
Walking on the Braes, some 7 miles south of Portree overlooking the island of Raasay, brought home the facts of this missive. To the east Raasay with the weird tabletop of Dun Caan. To the north, first there is the escarpment of Ben Tianavaig followed by the Totternish ridge and the Old man of Storr. Looking south west the magnificent Cuillin Hills, the semi circle of geological happening comprising an eclectic mix of mountain shapes from the chunky Marsco to the dramatic and austere Sgurr nan Gillean. All are there for the taking.

Exposing the sensor or film in the right direction with the right light is all there is to it. We’ll see.