Aonach Eagach and River Coe

Print Title : Aonach Eagach and River Coe
Catalogue No, : SH003-L
Image Size : 450 x 300 mm
Print Size : 594 x 420 mm
Media : Fotospeed Metallic Gloss 275 gsm
Ink : Epson Ultrachrome Lightfast


About The Image

Aonach Eagach and River Coe
The Aonach Eagach ridge looms high above the falls on the River Coe.

Glencoe is probably Scotland’s best known glen. Enclosed by the peaks of the Bidean nam Bian massif to the south and the Aonach Eagach ridge to its north, it is a stunning playground for hillwalkers, climbers and mountaineers.

The glen was formed by an ice age glacier and its long floor is less than half a mile wide. One enters Glencoe from the east below the Buachaille Etive Beag just west of Lochan na Fola, from where waters of the infant River Coe commence their run west to their outflow in Loch Leven. The river passes over several waterfalls en route and also the lovely Loch Achtriochtan.

The north side of the glen is a stark mountain wall with a rocky and pinnacled crest, the Aonach Eagach ridge. I have taken many shots of the ridge reflected in the nearby Loch Achtriochtan outwith this river flows, but my objective here was to capture a shot of the River Coe with the backdrop of the Aonach Eagach Ridge. I thought that this view of it seen across river at the point where it tumbles over a number of very picturesque rocky steps gave a new dimension to the ridge and added much more interest to the overall image.

I had to abandon my first attempt to capture this view a few weeks earlier because there was little water in the river that day and the light was flat. However, a few days later after the passing of some heavy autumn showers, I returned. I used a LEE Big Stopper ten stop neutral density filter was used to obtain the effect of the flowing water.