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Two magical hours in the Black Isle

Regular visitors to this website will probably be fed up reading about the crucial role which light plays in securing the "best" photograph in trips around Scotland. The first target in a recent adventure on the Black Isle, however, perfectly illustrated it. All the photographer's pre-planning on the importance of light and angles proved to be faulty as the north-facing protrusion of Fort George into the Moray Firth missed the beautiful rays of a rising sun.....by about three weeks, at a guess! After reaching the terrific vantage point afforded by the high ground on the minor road from Rosemarkie to Cromarty, you might imagine the anguish I felt as the sun rose - but failed to deliver the desired effect of lovely light on the iconic walls and buildings around the barracks, some two miles distant. Nevertheless, disappointment was suitably dispelled after making full use of a glorious early morning.

In collecting three or four splendid photographs around this much admired part of Highland Scotland over the next couple of hours, the long trip eventually fulfilled expectations; in spite of the Fort George "failure", it was a happy photographer who eventually turned for home..........

The lovely village of Avoch, the slim line of the Dornoch Bridge below Ben Wyvis and the reflection of Charlestown on the Beauly Firth ( from a great vantage point at Clachnaharry ) provided excellent photographic opportunities. Perhaps the "shot of the morning", however, was the cracking composition from the gorse-emblazoned Fortrose and Rosemarkie golf course, across the first green to the sunlit Black Isle. It made a stunning picture - judge it for yourself here.

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