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Glen Loyne Shower Clouds

On Location

Glen Loyne Shower Clouds

I am a frequent visitor to this location, and the view rarely disappoints. 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.

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, I am pleased with the result because it accurately portrays the scene so typical of a Scottish Highland winter's morning.

Photographic Details :-

Time of Year : Mid November.
Location : Map Reference : NH 18553 04656 : Above Loch Loyne. Time : 0955 GMT.