June 16, 2008

Scotland 2008 Part IV:The End of the Beginning...

Digital infrared original, 2 frame stitch
As our drive north came closer to conclusion (arrival at our B&B), the landscape became more and more engaging. At one point, driving along side a loch, I caught a glimpse of a castle across the water; though I knew it would be there, the actual sight of it took my breath away, and prompted me to pull over and make a series of images. Though I was far away from Kilchurn Castle, looking across the loch, the soft evening light and setting against the distant mountains was perfect, especially with the line of trees in the foreground.
Digital original, 4 frame stitch
The last leg of our LONG drive North (we'd started driving north at noon, after a night without sleep, and would finally stop at our B&B shortly before 10pm) would take us across Rannoch Moor, and into Glen Coe. The first sight of the mountains, wreathed in clouds and mists was breathtaking.
The best thing about making it to Glen Coe was how it tied to my distant past; in the early 1990's I had a penpal in Scotland, and over the years of correspondence, A_ sent me film to process (she also came to visit and even modelled for me); I was totally captivated by one image of  Buachaille Etive Mor - so much so that I sent her a print of it, asking her to send me the mountain back!

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