Last weekend I intended on accepting the challenge laid down by Trevor (Trevhas) and shooting around the Cairngorms using landscape format rather than my more usual portrait. Unfortunately the weather was so foul both days that the hills were out of bounds; shame some climbers continued to their misadventure.
Instead I headed north to another local beauty and suicide spot, Randolph's Leap. It gets its name from a point just a little further upstream where the River Findhorn is funnelled through a 2 meter gap (the gaps through the narrows in the image above are more like 3 meters; there's no sense of scale unfortunately and access for pedestrians is difficult and dangerous in spate like this). Apparently a chief/earl called Randolph lived on the opposite side of the river but he and 3 companions were caught by the Comyns on this side of the river and chase given. Randolph lept the gap to safety but his companions fell short and were drowned.
There are a few places to shoot it from so I will definitely return in summer and autumn, hopefully access to some areas will be easier with lower water levels. For this angle my tripod was on the edge of a cliff over the river and I was feeling pretty nervous!
Landscape and travel
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