I have visited this tree on a few occasions and each time I visit it has fewer branches. It is, along with another tree close by, exposed to all of the elements on open ground. The severed branches from both trees are spread around about them with tell tale signs of lightning strikes but this one judging by it’s small canopy gets the biggest share of those strikes and yet it still clings to life. I wonder how much longer it will survive.
There were some heavy snow showers this week but today we were due a break with reasonable conditions forecast for the Glen Coe area with a possibility of rain and snow showers later in the day. I had a few days holiday arranged from work so I took advantage of the forecast and headed for Glen Coe.
Due to the fresh snow many of the usual parking spots were not available as the snow ploughs had filled them while clearing the A82 but I was eventually able to park in Glen Coe at one of the larger car parks just below the Buachaille Etive Beag.
The mountains were covered in fresh snow and I decided to head down towards the river below the Buachaille Etive Beag. This was not far from the roadside but quite exhausting as I was frequently extracting myself from soft waist deep snow. I spent a couple of hours there photographing the ‘wee Buachaille’ before dark clouds moved in from the west to spoil the scene and put an end to my fun. I had a few shots on my cards so I was happy to call it a day and head home stopping at Tyndrum for something to eat. I’d made the right choice to head home as arriving at Tyndrum the heavens opened up.
I am pleased to have one of my photographs of the Rail Bridge commended in the Seascape category of the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year competition 2014. You can read the original blog post about this photograph here.