Wednesday, April 3, 2013

A week in Skye

I was hoping to blog daily about our trip to Skye, but  it turns out there are not enough hours in a day to do so. However, I'll just blog when I can!
So, let's start at the beginning. After a cold and snowy start in Edinburgh we set off and drove north into blue skies, sunshine and epic scenery.
Here are some photos of our journey up.
Click on the image for a larger view.
Our first stop for a cup of tea was at Loch Laggan. For those of you who enjoyed watching 'Monarch of the Glen', Glenbogle House (Ardverikie  House) is on the other side of this loch. The sand on the spit is so white and clean.
 We spent a good few hours in Glen Shiel. The surrounding hills were capped with snow. The sunshine and the still water made for great reflections. I love the composition of this photo-the way the eye starts on the rocks in the foreground, then is drawn along the diagonal lines traversing left to right up through the photo.
And in this photo I love that little twig-like tree that adds some foreground interest, and the bleached out colour of the rocks.
 What I love about photography is how it makes you see things in different ways. By photographing the rocks from above I've also captured the reflections of the sky. The sun was shining directly onto the water, and by moving my angle of view I was able to put the sun's reflection under the bottom rock, illuminating it a bit more than the other two rocks.

The driftwood on the loch shore was beautiful-this shot almost looks like the wild west I think, with it's bleached out colour-and I love the texture too.
 By the time we arrived at our cottage the sun was low in the sky and the clouds in the east were quite dramatic. The cottage looks out over the water and the mountains beyond-stunning!
 After tea we went for a local walk-I love how the setting sun bathes the landscape in a warm glow.

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