The Perfect Day

Beinn Buidhe and Earth Shadow
A long winter of very few opportunities for photographic trips. However with the promise of some good snow conditions and light winds I ewanted to return to a location which provided me with one of my most successful images. My target (and campsite) was the hill of Sgurr Sgiath, a ridge of rock on the eatsern end of Meall Buidhe on of Knoydart's three Munros (hills over 3000 feet). The climb up was like being in an alpine brochure, sun shining in a blue sky and sparkling snow all around. I had hoped for some sunset images, but, as so often happens, the clouds covered the sun at the last minute and left "my hills" in shade. I had great hopes though for the morning and I was not to be disappointed. Overnight about 6 inches of snow had fallen, refreshing the scene - the hills covered in snow with mist swirling around the hills - stunning. As I waited for the light to rise over the dramatic peaks of Sgurr na Ciche and Ben Aden in the East, the lightning sky was illuminating Beinn Buidhe to the West, surrounded in mist and coloured by the shadow of the Earth as the night ended.
I would have beenm happy to make no pictures that day, it was a privilege just to sit and take in the views, but I suppose photography was what had taken me there. I took many more images that day, particularly of the backlit mist swirling around the hills (please see my latest work for another image), but that predawn was pretty special.