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Late for work??!!

After an hour and a half of un-forecast mists forced the abandonment of a potentially exciting photographic trip to Hawick, the reader might imagine the trepidation with which a similar trip to Loch Lomond - only a week later - was embarked upon by this photographer. I need not have worried. Flat calm water and an almost cloudless sky awaited this avid seeker of a dramatic sunrise as I reached the loch’s south-western shore at 5.45 a.m.

The ultimate “shot of the day”, however, was NOT expected and initially created a considerable amount of frustration. As wisps of mist crept around Inchmurrin, Ben Lomond and Conic Hill, the early light did a sterling job for the camera. Suddenly, however, the sound of ‘swishing’ water disturbed the silence and a lone canoeist appeared - presumably from Balloch - going at a fair rate of nauts in the general direction of Luss. That, therefore, was the end of the lovely reflections in Loch Lomond as the canoe’s wake slowly spread far and wide.

Declining to express my annoyance with more than camouflaged mutterings, I had to wait ten minutes for the mirror images to re-shape as the water flattened again. This time, I was better prepared; I had deduced - correctly - that the dawn intruder might well do a return journey. Sure enough, it was but a few more minutes before he reappeared and, if anything, the little craft was making even swifter progress towards Balloch than on its outward passage. Luckily, the intrepid sportsman’s homeward route was slightly nearer to shore and three shots were fired off in the hope that the camera could do the scene justice.

I do no more than invite the visitors to this blog to inspect one of these…..sometimes the anticipated rewards of a ridiculous early start ( as the Hawick trip, for example ) just don’t materialise. This was one of the rarer moments, however, when - out of the blue - circumstances combine to create the totally unexpected. Needless to say, it made for a joyous journey home! 

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