Lochan na h-Achlaise

I’m rarely compelled to photograph scenes that have already been shot a million times before, particularly those at the side of a busy road (and let’s face it, most of them are).

So it’s no surprise that I’ve never really stopped for a proper wander around Lochan na h-Achlaise by the side of the A82 over Rannoch Moor. It’s a beautiful location that offers the classic Scottish loch, tree and mountain combination; and has all the feel of a wild remote landscape, even though it obviously isn’t.

What is surprising is that I finally decided to stop when the mountain element of the classic triumvirate was missing. After an exhilarating couple of days of cloud inversions and epic light further up the road in Glen Coe, I was on my way home. Yet the inversion still lingered over Rannoch Moor, the waters of the loch were barely quivering, and autumn colour remained on the remaining trees (the most well – photographed one perished a couple of years ago).

Unhurried by transient light or the necessity of a subsequent mountain descent, it’s the most relaxing hour or so of photography in Scotland I’ve had for some time. But next time I want mountains as well please.





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