Saturday, 30 January 2010

Mamore Lodge above Kinlochleven

Mamore Lodge above Kinlochleven
Mamore Lodge sits high above Loch Leven and Kinlochleven. If you click on the first photograph, you will see a note indicating the lodge itself.

The third photograph is the view from the lodge taken summer 2009.
Mamore Lodge above Kinlochleven
Mamore Lodge above Kinlochleven

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Bus stop

Bus stop
I think this is a bus stop? Again, I'd never noticed it before but then stopped at the roadworks and there it was.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

The best way to visit Ardnamurchan

The best way to visit Ardnamurchan
I don't normally add other people's photographs to the blog but this one? I couldn't resist.

''...although I'd have done better to park somewhere that allowed me to reach the tail rotor to put the gust-lock on.''

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Loch Sunart

Loch Sunart 3/4

Loch Sunart was calm and misty yesterday.

The scenery and the reflections kept changing so I kept on taking photographs. These are just 2 of them.

Loch Sunart 3/4

Monday, 18 January 2010

Bridge in Acharacle

Bridge in Acharacle
Looking down Loch Shiel, the bridge looks great in the winter sun.











Bridge in Acharacle

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Ballachulish slate quarry

Ballachulish slate quarry 2/2

This morning we were out and about in Ballachulish and Glencoe.
White layer in slateI'd never visited this slate quarry before and so thought it might be interesting to stop and take some photographs.

It was dull and had just stopped raining so we got this rather dark photograph of the slate and reflections in the pond.

This white layer in the slate intrigues me.  Why, what and when?
White layer in slate (closeup)
A quick look at the Lochaber Geopark website  tells me that the white layer is quartz.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Lord of the Isles

Lord of the Isles 1/2
The Calmac ferry in the strong winter sun over Oban Bay.

Canna

Canna
Moored at the Isle of Canna.

The light on this whole crossing was absolutely fantastic- of course that is why we chose to go on this particular day!

Sanday

Sanday church

Sanday church
This interesting church at Sanday is clearly visible as a silhouette as the ferry approaches the Isle of Canna.

Canna pier

Canna from MV Loch Nevis 1/2
taken from MV Loch Nevis

Passing Cuillin

Cuillin

Rum pier

Rum pier 2/3
Approaching the pier at the Isle of Rum onboard Calmac ferry MV Loch Nevis

Kinloch Castle

Kinloch Castle
There is some work going on at Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum.

Apart from it being obvious from this photograph, some of the workers were on the ferry with us.

Coruisk

Coriusk
Looking into Coruisk

Loch Nevis

Loch Nevis
Looking into Loch Nevis from MV Loch Nevis

Blabhein ridge

Blabhein ridge

Kittiwake

Kittiwake
I really like these panels onboard the Calmac ferries.

Departing Mallaig

Departing Mallaig
Just leaving the pier to cross to Rum and Canna on the Calmac ferry MV Loch Nevis

Glenuig- red sky

Glenuig- red sky
I'd always believed that a red sky in the morning signified bad weather approaching.

This particular morning it must have been because of the severe cold? the day turned out to be perfect.

Photograph of Glenuig taken from the moving car.

Kinlochmoidart ice

Kinlochmoidart ice
the river was frozen under the bridge at Kinlochmoidart

Loch Sunart sunrise

Loch Sunart sunrise
This photograph was taken from the roadside near to Salen.

The sun was just starting to rise and the snow on the hills appeared to give it extra brilliance.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Inge

Inge
a tug in the Caledonian canal.

I'm not too sure of the reason for her being here. Sightings towards the end of last year included Hartlepool and the Tyne.

Souters Lass

Souters Lass
on her winter holiday in the snow and ice

Blue tinge

Ben Nevis and canal
a strange colour of light shining through the trees and over Ben nevis before casting shadows on the frozen Caledonian canal.

Footprints

Footprints
in the snow covering the Caledonian canal.

Not human I am glad to say. There were notices up warning against walking on the ice and it certainly didn't look think enough to walk on.

Fingal bow

Fingal bow
and another view of this colourful barge on the Caledonian Canal

Fingal

Fingal
the holiday barge on the Caledonian canal covered in snow today.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Tree against the snow

Tree against the snow
I liked the colour of the tree against the backdrop of the snowy hills

Island Trees

Island Trees
on Loch Eil

Glenfinnan church

Glenfinnan church
in another wintery scene today

Ben Nevis again

Ben Nevis again
from the Fort William to Mallaig road

Sileas through the trees

Sileas through the trees
amid the snow and ice on Loch Shiel today

Glenfinnan & Loch Shiel

Glenfinnan monument
in the wintery snow and sunlight today

Glenfinnan monument

Glenfinnan monument top
in the wintery snow and sunlight today

Fort William to Mallaig

Fort William to Mallaig
an icy scene on the road today

Canal and Ben Nevis

Canal and Ben Nevis
the Caledonian canal from Corpach basin with Ben Nevis in the background

Hjalmar Bjorge bow

Hjalmar Bjorge bow
at home in the iced up canal

Ducks and canal locks

Ducks and canal locks
although the canal was mainly frozen, there was enough water coming over the canal gates for the ducks to be able to swim.

Caledonian Canal

Caledonian Canal
the locks at Corpach Basin

Real little ship

Real little ship
Hjalmar Bjorge and Ben Nevis in the winter sunshine and snow.

Must have felt quite at home since having left her employ as a rescue vessel in Arctic Norway

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Hydro road

Hydro road
This is the track that leads up to a hydro scheme for producing electricity.

There has been discussion recently about the damage to the hills from tracks that are being built. This track is fairly new and I'm sure it will soon recover and become part of the landscape. Surely temporary damage, as in this case, is ultimately better for the environment because of the 'green' electricity it will produce?

Fort William snowman

Fort William snowman
this snowman has been built on the west end roundabout in Fort William.

Slightly blurred because it was taken out of the back passenger window of the car while negotiating the roundabout- while sitting in the front passenger seat.

I thought it was worth posting anyway because I liked the snowman and it couldn't have found a more prominent site.

Looking out at Loch Leven

Loch Leven
with the Ballachulish bridge just visible in the distance.

Snowy hills in the background it is difficult to visualise the spectacular scene with the snow on the hills.