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Ard Neackie...

By Scottishlandscapes crest a hill and drive down the hillside to this spot overlooking Loch Eribol on the Pentland coast of Scotland, the clouds were racing across the sky, the sun bursting through and danced across the land and water, white horses covered the sea loch surface.
My eyes watered in the cold wind but this is Scotland in stormy weather and I'm so happy to be here.

Tags: Scotland Highland Sutherland Farr Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 9:26AM
I think I'd want the shelter of the car to retreat to in a few minutes time. Would be worth sending this to the BBC Weather people.

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Cheers Moira, but I never give my work to the BBC they want all the rights for no payment, it's in my blood, they should pay just like the papers have to.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 9:38AM
The weather looks almost hyperactive and certainly very exciting! The light has picked out the shapes of wall and beach that make your composition just perfectly.
zapar40 8 66 5 Wales
30 Sep 2012 9:43AM
a beautiful scene, well composed and with a description to compliment it nicely.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 9:45AM
A fine shot over the Loch, the patch of sunlight on that wee peninsula with it's homestead balancing with the menacing weather approaching in the b/g.
The conditions you describe are borne out by the image.........conditions my Mum would have called bracing, and it brings back to mind her dragging us along a seafront on the Clyde coast many decades back, her striding out and commanding my brother and me to "fill your air with lungs" and being totally unaware of her mistake, much to our amusement.
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
30 Sep 2012 10:13AM
Wild is best Dougie, wind in your face and freshness abounds. Perfectly here !!!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
30 Sep 2012 10:33AM

Quote:Cheers Moira, but I never give my work to the BBC they want all the rights for no payment, it's in my blood, they should pay just like the papers have to.

Dougie i used to say I would always rather have my name on a cheque rather than a byeline.

A cracker of an image showing exactly what you intended us to see.
Rende 11 38 4 Netherlands
30 Sep 2012 11:20AM
I love the latest additions to your epic Scotland series Dougie.
MalcolmM Plus
12 889 5 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 11:31AM
A wild, windy & lovely scene, beautifully composed.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 12:14PM
Gorgeous wild and woolley weather! Love those seahorses which add to the atmosphere created by that threatening sky. I can just imagine standing there bracing myself against the elements. Can you imagine living in that little house? I can't - or maybe I could for a day or two just to try it out! Smile Fabulous image Dougie - it evokes many memories!
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
30 Sep 2012 3:32PM
After reading your description of the conditions, Dougie, I would say well done for being able to capture a sharp image whilst remaining standing!
There is much to see in this vista. The light and shadows are truly wonderful, full of wild Highland atmosphere, and I understand completely why you love it so much.

brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 4:30PM
I simply love this light, when the sky is overcast and still the sun casts its light upon the earth. A great point of view, you've done a bit of climbing here, did you?
I'd love to say yes Johanna but it's close by the roadside.
bill33 Plus
7 34 1 Scotland
30 Sep 2012 7:51PM
Scotland in all of it's glory Dougie, Wild, Wet and Windy, but perfectly captured with wonderful lighting onto the headland and the storm clouds moving in. Another place I will have to visit, but in the meantime I will just have to enjoy this fine vista. Very well done my friend, Bill.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 7:58PM
I sent many a pic to the BBC when I first got into photography, now it's gone silly with what you can see in the clouds etc. I don't get chosen now and can't be bothered really, papers often don't pay either Dougie! Good for you saying your pleased to be in Bonny Scotland too many don't truly appreciate their surroundings and if in good health we should all be so grateful (apologies for the rant) I simply wish I had been in Bonny Scotland myself and taken this pictureWink love the lead in path to that small dwelling place, which is probably not as small as it appears in your picture.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 11:42AM
Loch Eribol and it's surroundings is a place that I crave to return to. It was common for me, when collecting peat from the cuttings near the croft that I stayed at, to see rainbows that seemed to be just feet away. It is a wild and wonderful place and I would have happily spent a year there rather than a week.
You're right there Andy q week is just a temptation, I had two weeks up in Farr and it was a better length to find places and be able to go back and see the weather change. The light when I was at this Lochside was very unusual it seemed to come from nowhere in particular and then the place was flooded with a steely glow. I hope youget back sometime soon.
1 Oct 2012 5:54PM
An interesting location receiving some dramatic weather. I think I can feel that wind!

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