Glen Loyne Shower Clouds is an image that I could probably have captured many times before. I am a frequent visitor to this stunning location, and the view rarely disappoints. One is profoundly aware of the vast emptiness that lies beyond the lonely glen and loch that stretches deep into the wilderness that is Knoydart. It is the very character of this isolated viewpoint that draws me back time and time again.
Directly ahead and across the lonely waters of Loch Loyne are the Knoydart peaks of Spidean Mialach and Gleouraich. On the opposite side of the loch are Creag a’Mhaim and Druim Shionnach, the eastern summits of the South Glen Shiel and one of the most popular ridge walks in this part of the Highlands.
Standing upon this exposed hillside at an elevation of 350 metres, one can expect to encounter difficult conditions on a winter’s day when snow showers are hurried across the loch and open glen on a strong north-westerly breeze. Such were the conditions when I took this image of Glen Loyne Shower Clouds.
The cloud base remained above the main summits but with the passing of each batch of shower clouds the scene was enveloped in ever-changing patterns of light and shadow. The conditions changed and evolved with every second, so it was essential to remain vigilant in order to identify and capture a pleasing and representative image.
The ideal conditions that I had hoped for never materialised; when the mountains, particularly Spidean Mialach on the far left of the picture, were in sunlight, the foreground was in shadow, and vice-versa. However, on reviewing the image in the studio I became more aware of the attractive nature of the contrasting areas of light, so overall I was pleased with the result because Glen Loyne Shower Clouds accurately portrays the scene so typical of a Scottish Highland winter’s morning.
Date : 18th November.
Location : Map Reference : NH 18553 04656 : Above Loch Loyne.
Time : 0955 GMT.