Stills V3

March 20, 2009

General Wade’s Military Road

Filed under: Rex — Rex @ 18:39

Near Loch Ness. Just to show I do know what snow is.



  1. This was taken about HERE

    We stayed HERE

    Comment by Rex — March 20, 2009 @ 18:46

  2. Sorry not having much success with links
    Taken HERE

    Comment by Rex — March 20, 2009 @ 18:49

  3. I give up, just north of Loch Tarff on the B862. South of where Google maps wants to take you!

    We stayed at Auchterawe to the NW of Fort Augustus.

    Comment by Rex — March 20, 2009 @ 18:54

  4. Oh boy…home. Where are my boots?

    It is very difficult for me to distinguish my thoughts about this as a photo from my thoughts about the place.

    Comment by Colin — March 20, 2009 @ 20:07

  5. I’m assuming that you didn’t darken any of this in PP. I like that long view of the road, optimistically lit before it plunges into a snow cloud of Tolkienesque intensity. This says Scotland and weather in no uncertain terms and, as ever, it trumps anywhere else in the world (sorry US!).

    The lines of slopes and vegetation are well used to run in parallel from the distance right up to the small slope you are standing on. Is that a snow meter to the right?

    Comment by John Ellis — March 21, 2009 @ 08:01

  6. A bit of adjustment in levels but very small.

    I think it is just a pole. The snow poles are on bits of the road that are susceptible to drifting. They are very tall and thin.

    It was interesting talking to a local who said that in the January snows the snow ploughs went through and kept open the military road. Down here we ground to a halt with a few millimetres!

    Comment by Rex — March 21, 2009 @ 18:20

  7. This recent Stills theme of ice and snow is not one I’m likely to contribute to!

    I find this to be exceptionally beautiful — from the foreground on back to those dark, stormy skies. I’m swept away by the place and atmosphere.

    Comment by Christina — March 24, 2009 @ 02:18

  8. Beautiful, but the balance tips to the right, doesn’t it?

    Comment by matt — March 24, 2009 @ 11:06

  9. Great natural sky (I struggle with those).
    I’d disagree with Matt, given that the sweep of the lines and vegetation moves the eye to the left.

    I like the blend of classic composition and natural colour.

    Comment by doonster — March 24, 2009 @ 21:06

  10. The eye does initially move the left, but the way the snow mirrors the lightness of the sky makes me think I could fall out the right side of the frame.

    Comment by matt — March 25, 2009 @ 12:36

  11. I don’t feel any sense of falling out of this. All the strong shapes and lines on the right send me toward that upper left corner, but the dark clouds send me right back to the heart of the scene. Beautiful, harsh, foreboding, and irresistible.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — March 27, 2009 @ 21:53

  12. I want to visit this place, stand on that hill and wait for the weather to arrive, just to feel the air whip around me.
    I think I need to treat myself with a long drive away from suburbs and into the hills behind Sydney.
    Great view Rex.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — March 29, 2009 @ 10:35

  13. I share Colin’s sentiments. Zoom out a few times on the google maps links and I can see where I spent 25+ years of my life.

    Weather looks pretty typical. Lots of good leading lines, leading nowhere in particular. Another fine aspect of the Scottish landscape.

    Comment by Gordon — April 1, 2009 @ 18:42

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