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