Feral Words

Author blog of William A. Young; journeys through the mythology of the northern fringes of Europe

Winter in the West

I try to get in one big winter trip, every year, just to remember what a proper frost feels like. It’s not long now until I’m off on the next one, back out into the winter in the western highlands. Here are a few more shots from last time, when the sky was clear and the ground was covered in frost. This time, it sounds rather more like it’ll be hiking through snowstorms…

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Looking back to Bridge of Orchy, and the heights of Beinn Dorain. The mountain walls off the old pagan shrine of the Tigh-nam-Bodach from the well-travelled valley below.

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Glen Kinglass, with its old woods and its new woods, and the Etive mountains behind it.

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Looking back to the Lyon hills, over the woodlands that fringe Loch Tulla.

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Following the Old Military Road over Rannoch Moor.

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Glen Etive from the mountain pass of the Lairig Gartain, stretching off into the distance.

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The Etive River, lined by frost.

Looking back, this trip created so many amazing images. It’s partly the place, and partly the luck of the weather; winter seldom sees such blue skies in this part of the world. Fingers crossed fortune will favour us again, this time…

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12 comments on “Winter in the West

  1. Icy Sedgwick
    February 21, 2016

    Beautiful photos!

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    • williamayoung
      February 21, 2016

      Why, thank you. To be honest, the landscape did all the work itself. A monkey with the ability to push a button would been able to produce a passable photo – I just happened to be the monkey fortunate enough to be there at the time πŸ™‚

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  2. Hanne T. Fisker
    February 21, 2016

    You’re kidding, right? Regarding snowstorms?

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    • williamayoung
      February 22, 2016

      That’s what was happening last week. Having just checked however, the forecast is actually looking up. Light winds, light snow, temperatures of -1 to -8. Fine weather for a stroll πŸ™‚

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  3. lexklein
    February 22, 2016

    Beautiful enough to entice even me into the cold! I hope your excursion is awesome; I’m quite envious of your imminent escape.

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    • williamayoung
      February 22, 2016

      When’s your next journey planned for?

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      • lexklein
        February 22, 2016

        When – I don’t know. I’m sure I’ll be off to some strange place by summer. Where – top choice is Mongolia!

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      • williamayoung
        February 22, 2016

        Now that’s rather a good choice πŸ™‚

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  4. julie harms
    February 22, 2016

    Very beautiful pictures, I’ve always been drawn to snowscapes unfortunately no snow in France for now….

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  5. greenmackenzie
    February 22, 2016

    What lovely shots of a magical place….every direction offers up some lens candy. Well done for getting out there and capturing the winter magic….can’t wait to see your shots from this year!

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  6. Agness of Run Agness Run
    February 27, 2017

    This place looks gorgeous in the winter! I am very glad that you had such an amazing trip, William!

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