winter storm clouds over buachaille etive Mòr
an heraldic statement
The landscape around Glencoe has to be some of the most dramatic and inspiring in the world. Seated at the eastern end of the Pass of Glencoe is the iconic Buachaille Etive Mòr which rises abruptly to meet the cloud canopy above. Almost heraldic in its statement, it is a landscape that impresses no matter the weather, but when the storm clouds roll in, it becomes a stoic monument to the resistance of the elements.
A3 – (Printed Area – 380mm x 237mm)
Here is one of my favourite photos that very nearly didn't happen.
Following a couple of days chasing snow around Weardale and the North Pennines, and with north west Scotland looking to have its own dumping of snow, I'd had one eye on the forecast for Scotland all week.
When Saturday morning came around though, I just wasn't feeling it.
With each progressive forecast run, the more it looked like Glencoe was only going to get a light covering of sleet and wet snow. So it wasn't until the very last minute that I was pursuaded to take the 4 hour drive up there.
Boy am I glad I did!
Yes, the forecast turned out as expected but that didn't matter when the light and conditions were as dramatic as this. I arrived at the head of the pass just as the storm clouds began to roll in and the lighting was just incredible. With the sun setting directly west behind the flanks of Etive Mòr and Etive Beag, the ocassional thin breaks in the cloud cover allowed a beautiful, ethereal light to be cast over the mountain tops that the yawning chasm between ridges looked to swallow. The thin dusting of snow appeared almost luminiscent.
So very worth the effort in the end.
- Canon R6 + Canon L Series 24 - 105 IS USM @ 24mm | f/7.1 | 1/25 sec | ISO160
- Fotospeed Photo Smooth Pearl 290
- Fotospeed Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315