Highland Weather


first serious fall of the winter, and first to reach the low altitude we live at


Widget says it’s here to stay a while

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from afternoon darkness, to brightness at midnight

some spring, this is

This was yesterday, about twenty past two in the afternoon, in Glencoe. Waterfalls blown upwards, or dashed aside on the rocks, beneath a dark, wintery sky, and with winds close to hurricane force

Glencoe - darkness shortly after noon

Then tonight, about ten days overdue, our first bright midnight sky of 2011

Fort William's First Bright Midnight of 2011

Note the Pole Star shining.
More rain forecast for tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

back to the beach at sunset

it’s the eve of our 10th Wedding Anniversary

and here we are back at our old honeymoon haunts - and chasing again the sunset down to the beach at Traigh, by Arisaig. This time, though, there’s snow on the beach, right down to the high tide mark

Midwinter Sunset at Traigh 2010


www3? that's Winter Wonderland Week 3

And here were we, out by the bottom of the Glencoe ski run, by the Black Rock Cottage and looking towards the frozen slopes of the Buachaille Etive Mor (great herdsman of Etive)

One of the defining images of the Scottish highlands. Jim took this shot today with his Epson R-D1 and CV 25mm f4 lens.

Ruth was driving, but slowly and gently enough to allow a fairly sharp foreground

Forecast says we may have another two weeks of this wonderland still ahead of us. Can't be bad! There was a little rain today, though, for the first time in weeks, and the temperature leapt to a basking -1ºC in Fort William just as darkness fell. So could be the thaw is at hand, or not....


return to the stacks

so that meant no alternative. Next day was back to Duncansby Head...

this time to get across to take a look at the Duncansby Stacks. Wonderful, extraordinary stone pyramids carved by the sea from the sandstone cliffs at this point at the NE tip of mainland Scotland, mainland U.K.

Interesting enough as geomorphs...

Duncansby Stacks

...they also "harbour" some interesting wildlife, such as the seals' taxi-rank you'll see in this shot

Sealpark below Duncansby Stacks


hailstones and rainbows

sometimes it's hard to explain

how magical the climate up here can be, even when it's not the best of days weatherwise

So here's a pic from our window this morning as a hailstorm made its way down Loch Linnhe, passing across a pair of rainbows