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Old 26th January 2013
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Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

IainMacD and I set off on another of our jaunts into the Scottish wilderness today. This time it was at least a little better planned than our last trip insofar as we were 'forced' to go to the Aviemore area because of very unfavourable weather forecasts everywhere else and we were to meet at twilight at one of our favourite locations, Loch Vaa. There was not much happening with the light when we arrived so decided to try a different couple of Lochs, Dubh and Dallas. As they were only accessible along a track which was quite deeply covered with snow we decided to walk to them. We grossly underestimated the time it would take and arrived just as the the last of the morning colour was fading in the sky. Even more disappointing was that we couldn't find a single location at either loch worthy of a photograph! Another unnamed loch a 'little' further along the banks of the river Spey became our next target and we finally reached it almost 2 hours after leaving the cars. At least here the sun was now high enough to light the frozen loch and the distant snow-capped mountains. We decided to atempt a more direct return to Vaa and ended up going 'cross country' in deep snow and heather which was exhausting. At least we stumbled across a small (also unnamed) Lochan for another photo opportunity. Having got back to Vaa we took a few more images before finally getting back to the cars 6 hours after we left them. Neither of us had much appetite or energy for any more photography but decided to head to Loch Garten to see if it offered any future potential. To our surprise it had a great aspect and foreground interest for sunrise and sunset and although the light wasn't perfect we made this Loch number 4 for the day. We will be back!

Loch 1 - Unnamed. I liked the footprints leading to the 'pointing stick'.



Loch 2 - Unnamed Lochan.



Loch 3 - Loch Vaa.



Loch 4 - Loch Garten.

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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Whoa! N0 4 is very nice, they are all good but this one is tops.
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

I agree. No 4 is superb
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Numbers 3 & 4 are a bit special, the other two are merely excellent.
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Lessons in composition ! Excellent quartet of images.
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

I would agree number 4 is outstanding, however they are all very nice.
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Thank you all for the kind comments - they help to ease my aching back and legs knowing it was all worth the effort!
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Nice shots Steve, number 4 makes the stop at Loch Garten very worthwhile!
I was suffering a wee bit yesterday and didn't get around to looking at my images until today; infact I downloaded them to the PC yesterday, had a quick look through the jpegs and thought it wasn't worth all the effort! Today, in a different light (and frame of mind) there are a few I am willing to share. Asusual when we go on a 'jaunt' together I have some very similar viewpoints to yours so I will post some alternatives.

This first one I took when I 'bottled out' of crossing the stream and went the opposite way around the un-named loch; it was a over exposed and I think altering it has made the sky too dark - maybe one to revisit in Lightroom?


The un-named loch mentioned above:


Loch Vaa:


I look forward to the next trip (once I have recovered)

Thanks for looking
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

WoWee ! What a grand Trek you two enjoyed Some Stunning images and then some MORE :eek

2 & 4 in Steves are my FAVs and 1 & 3 in Iain's

Thank You both for sharing - especially as there is no chance I shall ever do that walk
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

Two nice sets a good day was clearly had. The last image in both sets takes the top spot.
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Re: Another (snowy) 4 Lochs

What a great day out the two of you had!

My favourites are No 4 for Steves's and No. 3 from Iain's.

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