Niels has spent a lot of time recently working, and that, combined with the snow has meant less walking than usual. However yesterday we really did need to get out, stretch our legs, and run around in the cold winter air.
Loch glascarnoch is roughly 10 miles from our house on the main A835 road into Inverness.
Sometimes loch glascarnoch looks like this. This was in November. The colour scheme can best be described as ginger. I stopped the car on that particular day
to take a picture of two whooper swans on the loch. They were a long way off and I agree rather than swans they look like a couple of empty plastic milk containers! I liked the way the cloud had fallen out of the sky and arranged itself so tastefully just above the water.
There were no swans yesterday, and the clouds had retreated - though only just. The surrounding hills took on a stripey appearance as the snow remains undecided whether to stay or to go,
and the water was cold and icy, the swans had made a wise decision.
Loch glascarnoch can be described as dreary, bleak and treeless and indeed sometimes it is, but like many places it can be greatly improved by the weather!
last autumn it looked magnificent. You can just see the track at the bottom of the hill we followed yesterday
But even in winter when it's overcast and the light is fading
there is much to see that is beautiful. Wonderful patterns and shapes and light and colours
muted pink and blue opaque ice, it seems to absorb any colour there might be from the surrounding hills and sky
It's such a vast and empty landscape. It's impossible to convey in photos. I often feel very small when I'm in it.