An ongoing series of photos taken around the Benderloch area of the Scottish West Highlands. If you would like more information about the area, including tourist and "where to stay" info please visit the Benderloch website - link on sidebar. Enjoy the pictures, and remember that if you click on a picture a larger version will open. Steve.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Nice stream, Loch Creran

About half a mile north of Barcaldine on the shore of lower Loch Creran is a lay-by where I was able to walk onto the beach and take this shot looking north west towards the hills above Kingairloch on the far side of Loch Linnhe.

Mountain panorama

Near the head of Loch Creran looking southeast to Beinn Sgulaird then the Creach to Bhreac plateau. This panorama was stitched from five originals then filtered using a trial version of Mediachance ReDynamizer HDR.

Ben Sgulaird & Loch Creran snow

There had been heavy snow this week but it didn't lie for long at sea level. On Saturday I had a drive up tidal Loch Creran a few miles north of Benderloch to get these shots. There was a bitterly cold strong wind blowing from the east so taking multiple exposures with a metal tripod was fiddly with frozen fingers. Each of these images was HDR processed from three originals.

Upper Loch Creran looking towards Ben Sgulaird

At the head of the loch

Ben Sgulaird

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sutherland's Grove video

After a series of nights with the temperature down around -7C I thought I'd take a look at the lower waterfalls in the forest at Sutherland's Grove, Barcaldine (10 mins north of Benderloch). The water level was quite low - understandable in view of how little precipitation we've had recently - but the trees, a small covering of snow and the ice were pretty.

The movie starts in the picnic area (where the tallest Douglas Firs are found) then crosses the bridge to view the falls just upstream. This is an easy walk - it only gets tougher when you head up the the hill. If you want to read about the trees I suggest you pause the video when the green description sign appears.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Windsurfing

I was on the beach this morning looking for interesting photo opportunities when along came a windsurfer. It had been -7C overnight but it had warmed up a few degrees - and with the right gear, well why not?
The surfer with his board trailer

Surfing off Tralee beach with the snowy hills of Morvern in the background

The video