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A dirty weekend in December

The beginning of December sees me heading up to our climbing club cottage for a weekend of R&R. This year it stood for Rain and Rain.
Going up on the Friday it was nice but I could see it was fading.

Loch Lubnaig and Ben Vane (the Bent loch and Middle hill, not so romantic)



By the time I got to the cottage the light was low but I still had time to visit Loch Dochart and see how many Whooper Swans had turned up. 9 this year, there have been as many as 24. Despite the light I managed a couple of shots with the Bigma.





On the Saturday it dawned dreich and got worse.
A few of us went on a cultural wander round Ballachulish



Eilean Munde where the Macdonalds amongst other clans are buried.



The Pap of Glencoe and Loch Leven



The Saturday night was a great Bean feast with 24 for dinner, at least 8 choices on each course, wine, beer and whisky galore. It was terrible.

Sunday was one of those days we get at this time of year, it never got light and it continued to drizzle heavily on a fresh westerly. Dreich!!

Monday showed signs of improvement as I headed down the road.
So for our Australian friends a wee bit of water. The falls of Dochart. They look best like this with a good amount coming down but some rock still showing.









Finally a passing visit to a favourite secret corner.
Looking across the Carse to the Gargunnock Hills.



and the last sun on the wood, where in 6 months there will be a carpet of Bluebells.



Not a bad weekend.

The cottage can be viewed here, lower picture;
http://www.benmorewebcam.co.uk/
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

Duncan, what a wander you enjoyed I am lurving the wee bits of water in the stormy flow - they could be peaty -given the colour
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

The culture of Ballachulish, eh? Not been the same since they built the bridge! Great photos, btw.
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

There is more to Ballachulish (and Glencoe village) than meets the initial eye. We went round the hospital lochan which was built next to the Big Hoose. The lochan was built and surrounded by North American trees by Lord Strathcona to try to stop his native American wife being homesick. It didn't work. The Big Hoose became a cottage hospital and I don't know what it is now although it looks in use.
The churchyard at Ballachulish is interesting in that the majority of headstones are beautifully carved from slate.
We also visited the memorial to James of the Glens who was executed for a crime he did not commit.

Next month I'll be away to Inverness for a week. there may be some wandering about with IainMcD and Stoates. If anyone else is in the area they are more than welcome to come along.
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

Shame about the weather, but you still managed some great images! I am trying to figure out what the structure is in the first swan shot?
I'm looking forward to getting out and about in January as long as you bring some decent weather
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

Google informs me it is a castle - a great location!
I have had a closer look at the shots of the falls, you have captured the power and movement superbly.
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

Ah, I feel soo tired just looking at them all, so you must have gone back to work for a rest after that. What a great series Duncan!

If it makes you feel any better, our Christmas day was wet & got wetter as the day wore on (but the next day was reasonably fine).

Thanks for sharing a great weekend's experience.

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Re: A dirty weekend in December

lovely images Duncan despite the weather. Some very atmospheric landscapes there and the "wee bit of water" looks fantastic and treacherous. Scotland, one of the best Countries in the world for dramatic sceenery, thanks for sharing.
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

I keep coming back to look at this series, which I love.

For me #8 is the star shot, the use of B&W really suits the subject (to my eye)
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Re: A dirty weekend in December

Thanks for all the comments.

Iain, no guarantees on the weather in January.
The structure on the island is the lum of the main fireplace of the castle.
One of Black Duncan Campbell of Glenorchy's seven castles. H ewas also known as Black Duncan of the cowl. In other words, a hoodie.
I've always wanted to get out to it but not so far. The loch is very shallow (when not in spate). The swans feed by upending and do so over most of the loch. In summer I reckon on walking out with wellies but would not want to disturb the wildlife. It may also be a jungle on the island and near impossible to get ashore. I may have a go this year but not at the moment as, with all the rain, the loch is currently about 10 times its normal area.
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