Feeding Our Souls
I’ve mentioned in my previous blogs that Susan has a love of the mountains. She is an ex hill walker and has climbed various Munros, Corbetts etc. Me.. I’m strictly sea level. Susan was getting me to do some hill walking before her bout with cancer. I know she misses her walks in the Pentland Hills (not far from where we live). I can feel when her spirits begin to dip and all I have to say is Road Trip Glencoe. Before I know it she has grabbed her boots, camera gear etc before I get my camera gear and car keys. Funny for a lass from Manchester she has a deep love of Scotland’s people and countryside. I uttered those fatal words on Sunday 12 February 2017 and zoom.. we were away. Dependent on time of year, and weather of course, we have our favourite stopping off places when we do this drive but more of that later. However, I’m going to digress here – the term Feeding The Soul came from Susan herself and was the tile of her blog. She let her blog lapse in 2012 but recommenced in 2014 with a blog title “Don’t Stop Believing” in September 2014. A year later she was fighting a bigger battle and she did not stop believing.
Back to our feeding the soul trip:
Loch Lubnaig is one of our stopping places and at the first car park going north. The loch is usually so still here it gives a mirror reflection (see image taken on right). Alas it was not so on this trip. Our next stop is at the Golden Larches Cafe for a very welcome cup of coffee before our next regular stop Loch Tulla Viewpoint. However, on this trip we stopped south of Bridge of Orchy to photograph the Horseshoe Curve Viaduct near Auch.
Technical details: Nikon D5300, Nikon 18-200 mm Zoom @ 22mm, f16, Shutter 1/5 sec ISO 100
The Horseshoe curve… North of Tyndrum, South of Bridge of Orchy.
The railway builders hadn’t the money for a viaduct across the mouth of a broad valley. The result is the famous ‘horseshoe curve’, where the line enters, circles & leaves the glen at the foot of Beinn Dorain. We have crossed it on the train trip to Fort William. Susan and her friend Debbie attempted to walk to Bridge of Orchy from Tyndrum but ran out of time.
Technical details: Pentax K-1 (full Frame), Sigma 18-270 mm Zoom @ 29mm, f7.1, Shutter 1/320th sec ISO 200
Loch Tulla Viewpoint (A82)
On leaving Bridge of Orchy the A82 crosses over a small river by means of a single span steel bridge – which I have always taken as the start of a long climb with horseshoe bends raising to Rannoch Moor. At the end of the first bend there sits a large car park with views of Loch Tulla and surrounding area. During Summer and good weather it is a popular stopping place, especially with tourist busses.
Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 43mm, f9 ISO 200 shutter 1/500th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom
Lochan na h-Achlaise
Lochan na h-Achlaise and Loch Ba are separated by the A82 road to Fort William. The lone trees and rocks with snow-capped peaks in the distance create one of the most atmospheric landscapes in Scotland.
Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 80mm f9 ISO 200 shutter 1/320th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom
The Great Shepard
I suspect that this may be one of the most photographed Munro in Scotland and Walkhighlands appear to agree “Buachaille Etive Mor is one of the best known and loved of all the Munro peaks. The epic view of the mountain from the main A82 road makes it appear quite unassailable and is one of the most photographed sites and sights in Scotland. I also think it would be very hard to get a picture that has not been done before.
Technical details – Pentax K-1 fitted with Sigma 18-270mm Zoom Lens set at 29mm f7.1 ISO 200 shutter 1/120th second. Image processed from raw in Lightroom
Feeding Her Soul…
Doing this catch up blog reminds me we are overdue for another visit to Glencoe:)