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The Great Glen at its best

After the success of a return visit to Caithness a couple of weeks ago, the unexpected opportunity to catch the forecasters' promised clear night and sunny morning in the "Great Glen" (specifically on the eastern side of Loch Ness) only five days later was too good to miss. For the second time in a week, therefore, an early start and long drive up the A9 ( this time turning left at Daviot onto the Fort Augustus road ) found me on a hillside above Loch Tarff at 6.30 a.m. - and ready for the "gold medal sun" which had been promised. Alas.....the forecast clear sky was cloud-filled, though the signs WERE there that it was breaking from the south-west. I decided to hang on - again! Now, there are only SO many things you can do for two hours on a lonely hillside miles from anywhere and how I had the patience to fiddle about, do wee exploratory walks here and there, talk to three sheep who had lost their pals AND - most annoyingly of all - swat away hundreds of midges, I will never know. Nevertheless, it was, eventually, all worth the inconvenience as the sun finally broke through and beautifully lit up the loch, the rocky surrounds, the purple heather JUST past its best and - in the distance - Ben Tee and the mountains above Glen Garry ( see the pic on the home page ). A whisper of wind ( that's ALL that is needed ) had rippled the water half an hour before, but it was flat calm again and at its sumptuous best by the time the shutter started clicking. An hour later, a lovely view of Fort Augustus was "in the bag", as well as the little crescent of houses at Foyers, with Loch Ness beyond - and a great shot of the western side of the Monadhliath mountains as they peter out and give way to Stratherrick ( see image above ). It was a pretty satisfied photographer who, midge bites and all, ultimately headed for home with a great collection of new photographs from a much understated and scenically glorious part of Scotland.

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