Arrival of Spring

Now don’t get me wrong; I love living in the Highlands (who wouldn’t?). Every day there is something to gaze and marvel at but this last Winter has dragged on, and on, and on…  We had a succession of storms, sometimes with hurricane force winds starting early in December with other storms lined up across the Atlantic, waiting in the wings ready for attack. Wind speeds in excess of 140mph were recorded 15 miles away at the Nevis Range Ski area of Aonach Mòr.  I could count the number of dry days on one hand that we’ve seen over the last 5 months and, although we lost 36 tiles from the roof, I’m thankful that we’ve not seen the flooding that’s taken place further South in England.

On the 1st of March each year the Sun finally rises around mid-day above the hill South of our house. At this time I find myself counting down the days looking forward to warmer times and (more importantly) longer days.  …I love March.  I’ve said it before.  It’s my favourite month of the year with Spring springing, the whole of the Summer to look forward to and plans for future adventures being made.

The sun shone this week, dragging locals out from Winter’s malaise. It’s amazing how the Sun makes one feel alive.  I took the chance to take some photos.  These that follow are a few that I’ve snapped over this last week or so and have previously posted on twitter

I hope Spring and Summer are good for you, and that you grab your chances of the adventures “just waiting for you to turn up”.


Sunrise over the Pap of Glencoe (742m) and  Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (967m)


Looking across Loch Leven to Glencoe and Stob Coire nam Beith (1107m)


Eilean a’Chòmhraidh on Loch Leven – “The Isles of the dead”


Loch Leven across to Mam na Gualainn (796m)


Sgorr Dhearg (1024m), Beinn a’Bheithir


About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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4 Responses to Arrival of Spring

  1. mountainandsea says:

    Stunning images Andy, the first and third are both really striking, though in completely different ways.  Spring is such a dynamic season, though for March on te wes side of the country, read April on the east!  

    Kind Regards


  2. Andy Harpur says:

    Hi Ian,
    Thanks for the comment. I like the 1st & 3rd too. Both were quickly grabbed and more a matter of luck while the others were all set up with tripod & graduated filters. Maybe I’ll see you on the sea sometime this year.

    All the best,

  3. gnarlydog says:

    It is interesting that sometimes the most planned images (setting tripods and waiting for the light to “happen”) not necessarily produces the most captivating results. You say that your 3rd image was luck. I say it was skill: to see the scene in front of your eyes and work it and compose the image with the key elements falling into place in the frame. Being in the right place at the right time is just part of the story. I love your image.

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