Horse near Kingussie, Scottish Highlands
Sunset on Beauly Firth, Scottish Highlands
Scot Pine, Loch Assynt, Scottish Highlands
Scot Pine, Loch Assynt, Scottish Highlands
Loch Neil Bhain, Scottish Highlands
Loch na Claise, Scottish Highlands, panorama
Stoer Lighthouse, Scottish Highlands
Loch Bad a'Ghaill, Scottish Highlands
Sunrise on Loch Buine Moire #3, Scottish Highlands
The name Stac Pollaidh means "The pinnacle of the pool river". We are just starting to climb and come round this 612m-high mountain made of Torridonian sandstone to discover views on the scottish highlands and lochs surrounding it.
Here's the view from the heights of Stac Pollaidh. It was definitely worth the (short) morning hike. This is Loch Scionascaig on the left and Loch an Doire Dhuibh on the right, in front of Cul Mor.
Another view on Loch Scionascaig and the northwest highlands from the heights of Stact Pollaidh. The mountain in the center is Suilven, formed of Torridonian sandstone. Its highest point, known as Caisteal Liath, is 731m high.
Long exposure shot in the middle of Abhainn Droma river, on a windy day.
View on Ullapool, on Loch Broom shore, from the heights of Morefield. Although being the main town in the area, it's quite a small village indeed with around 1,500 inhabitants. Yet a lot of people visiting this region of Highlands are converging here, and you can also sail to Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides from its harbour.
As dusk is slowly falling over Loch Cul Dromannan, the soft whisper of the leaves in the wind and the birds chirping are the only evidences we aren't the sole witnesses of this scene.
Birchs are common trees around Scottish Lochs. They like water and are happy around here. For how long this old birch has been emerging from the ferns and mosses ? How many times has it seen the vivid colours of Scotland in autumn?
This ruined castle was built around 1590 by Clan MacLeod. The legend says Clootie (the devil's Scottish name) helped build the castle. The MacLeod's girl was betrothed to him as payment, and she jumped off the tower in despair. On early mornings such as this one, the odds are high that you can see her ghost around Loch Assynt.
A classical view of a waterfall feeding Loch Assynt. This is a nice photo subject on such an overcast day when the light is quite flat and even.
Scottish stream flowing towards Loch Assynt, 30 seconds long exposure.
The name of this long ridge of mountains comes from the Scottish Gaelic meaning File Mountain. Its light color is due to the quartzite of which it is made, contrasting with the other darker summits in this Torridon area.
We are stopping by Loch Clair on our way down to Upper Loch Torridon. Beinn Heighe is behind us. When the wind is gone, the Loch is like a mirror reflecting the trees. 10 vertical views are assembled for this panorama.
We arrived at Upper Loch Torridon just when the sun disappeared behind the horizon. Quite a rush once again to get everything setup to catch those great colours in the sky while most people already left the beach.
While the castle is still in the dark behind us, we can enjoy the sunrise over Dornie and Loch Long, very peaceful and quiet this early in the morning.
The sun is finally lighting the surroundings of the famous castle built upon Eilean Donan, a small island where 3 lochs meet: Loch Alsh, Loch Duich and Loch Long.
We rushed to arrive at Neist Point, the most westerly spot of Skye, before the sunset. The best moment was definitely when night arrived on the site and the moon echoed the light of the lighthouse. These cliffs are pretty impressive and the strong wind surely can send you and your tripod for a high diving into the ocean if you're not careful.
On such mornings you feel more like a painter than a photographer.
Finally after a quick hike (30min or so) we can turn around and stare at the amazing Quiraing in the morning light.
This dead tree raising from the edge of the cliff is quite a character in the area, every photographer comes and pays his respects to the Quiraing's lone tree.
The colorful houses of Portree, the main town on Skye, facing the Loch Portree.
Glamaig is part of the Red Cuilin hills, and its highest peak at 775m.
This sheep is a Scottish Blackface, the most common bread of sheep in the Highlands. You can't miss it with its thin and black legs and face.
Beinn na Caillich is reflecting into Loch Cill Chriosd.
The Cuillin hills from Elgol area.
This cliff on Elgol beach is an amazing display of the way the water and wind can curve the limestone in the finest lace.
Cuillin hills from Elgol beach.
Long exposure shot on Elgol beach.
Another view of the cuillin from Elgol after the sunset.
The Storr is this rocky hill on the right, upon which resides this 55 metres high pinnacle known as the Old Man of Storr, since from some perspective it looks like the face of an old man.
Isn't it a nice place to graze and roam?
A typical farmhouse near the ocean at Kilmuir.
From Uig, on the west coast of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye, you can sail right to the Outer Hebrides.
We had to use our best ninja techniques to approach this group of seals in Dunvegan without disturbing them. Although we were rapidly spotted by the seals, the slow approach made them comfortable with our presence.
Nous avons dû utiliser nos meilleures techniques ninja pour approcher ce groupe de phoques à Dunvegan sans les déranger. Bien qu'ils nous aient tout de suite repérés, notre approche au ralenti nous a permis de leur faire accepter notre présence.
The light broke out of the clouds just long enough for me to shoot the 4 images composing this panorama of Dunvegan Castle. Landscape photography requires some reactivity if you want to get the shot!
La lumière a percé les nuages juste assez longtemps pour que je puisse prendre les 4 images qui composent ce panorama du château de Dunvegan. Il faut être réactif en photographie de paysage pour mettre la bonne image en boîte!
We arrived at Talisker Bay right after the sunset, when everybody else already left the beach.
Do you know the poem Tràighean (Shores) by Sorley Maclean? Here's the first verse (in English):
"If we were in Talisker on the shore
where the great white mouth
opens between two hard jaws,
Rubha nan Clach and the Bioda Ruadh,
I would stand beside the sea
renewing love in my spirit
while the ocean was filling
Talisker bay forever:
I would stand there on the bareness of the shore
until Prishal bowed his stallion head."
Nous sommes arrivés à Talisker Bay juste après le coucher du soleil, lorsque tout le monde avait déjà quitté la plage.
Connaissez-vous le poème Tràighean (Rivages) de Sorley Maclean? Voici la première strophe (en français):
"Si nous étions à Talisker sur le rivage
Où la grande bouche blanche
S'ouvre entre deux dures mâchoires,
Rubha nan Clach et le Bioda Ruadh,
Je serais debout à côté de la mer
Renouvelant l'amour dans mon esprit
Tandis que l'océan remplissait
Talisker Bay pour toujours:
Je resterais là sur la nudité du rivage
Jusqu'à ce que Prishal fasse faire la révérence à son étalon."
The old bridge of Sligachan was our last stop before leaving Skye and Scotland. After that we drove all the way to Edinburgh to fly back home. Goodbye Highlands, see you soon!
Le vieux pont de Sligachan a été notre dernier arrêt avant de quiter Skye et l'Écosse. Après ça nous avons roulé tout droit jusqu'à Édimbourg pour reprendre l'avion jusqu'à la maison. Au revoir les Highlands, à bientôt!