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Forgiven and never forgotten

I find that the Highlands has an annoying habit of giving me shit weather for the biggest part of my stay and then on my final day, the sun comes out and the blue skies reappear which is more than enough to entice me to come back again. A day of blue skies in the Highlands is a day to remember for a very long time. It made me forget all the rain, dark and miserable skies, mists, soakings, invisible seal colonies, non-existent coral beaches, nearly being blown across to Iceland and the rest.

I still remember my first trip up here which must have been 10 years ago, it rained and rained and rained for two days solid and I hated the place but then on my trip back down, the weather broke and the bug hit me. The mist rose at the southern end of Loch Linnhe revealing the majestic splendour of Glen Coe. I was so impressed and over-awed by the place that I drove through it, turned round and drove back down and then back up again! The journey down over Rannoch Moor and Loch Lomond really showe…

An addition to the family.

I recently acquired a refurbished Panasonic Lumix GF1 with a 20mm and 14-42mm lenses. It seemed too good a chance to miss and hopefully I have a buyer lined up for my DMC-LX3. It is what is known as a Four Thirds system and is as light as a feather even with the lens attached. I'm posting some shots which I took over the last few weeks. The only things that have been adjusted are the usual levels. I'm quite impressed.


Highlands holiday - Day 6

Day six brought better weather although it did let itself down around the Ullapool area. So much so that it made me have a change of itinerary. Sitting in a layby with the rain lashing down I decided to head coastwards into Coigash instead of going further north into Inverpolly. It might not have been such and exciting day out and would certainly have less photographic opportunities but I just thought I would be wasting my time going up there.

The route up was via Poolewe, Little Gruiniard Bay and then inland through Dundonnell and across to Loch Broom and Ullapool. An Tealloch was nowhere to be seen, this is the third time I've been this way and have yet to see what most people say is Scotland's finest mountain. There are a couple of fine waterfalls in the area which I managed to snap even though it was very windy and wet.

From Ullapooll I headed north and then followed the scenic b road which runs through the wide valley between Ben More Coigash and…