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Loch Tulla

By michaelcombe  
Taken on Monday morning at Loch Tulla.

Having done a fair bit of research on the 'net for this location I was pleased that all my efforts came together as far as finding the place in the pitch black and icy roads.

I did encounter a few problems that one cannot predict when one hasn't visited a location in person before.

I had to scale a 5 foot fence to get into the field that led down to the loch. I then had to negotiate a half mile trek through thigh high frozen grass (complete with random bogs thrown in for measure).

It was also dark and minus five but felt more like minus ten.

Anyway, after setting up for this shot knee deep in freezing water (good job I brought the wellies), I had a very strange and sinsiter feeling that I was being watched...

I looked behind and there was a full blown Stag about 5 metres from where I was standing. I don't know who got more of a fright, me or him and I didn't know if he wanted to eat me or mate with me.

As I had a wide angle lens attached I akwardly reached into my backpack to switch to a longer lens. So far so good.... I now had nowhere to put my backpack down so I could take off the filter kit and put that somewhere (as I was surrounded by water) so took a couple of steps to my right.

Although I was moving incredibly slowly and was talking to the beast in the way someone does when they're calling their cat in for tea, he wasn't having any of it and trotted off in search of some female companion or food, or both.

A wasted opportunity? Not for me as that's probably the closest I will ever get to one of these great animals.

But I didn't hang round much after this just in case he was off to get his mates...

Tags: Scotland Snow Winter Ice Scottish Water Sunrise Mountain Lake Trees Woods Highlands Mist Loch tulla Forrest Landscape and travel Bridge of orchy Night and low light

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RonnieAG Plus
12 154 119 Scotland
30 Oct 2010 10:02AM
A truly superb shot, Michael. After all your trails and tribulations, I hope you feel it was worth all the effort......I certainly do. What one suffers for one's 'art'!
Beautifully composed and capturing the pale pastels of early day, the reflections an added bonus. It also does look very cold and I could believe it might well have been well below minus 5.
30 Oct 2010 10:11AM
Beautiful image indeed Michael & what a story - hope you got a shot of the stag also.

Well done
zapar40 12 66 5 Wales
30 Oct 2010 10:13AM
a beautiful scene, well captured. thank you for going through so much to show us this.
nice one, ant.
poetcrs 12 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2010 10:20AM
There are some truly nice colours in here, a beautiful shot all round
Alan_Coles 16 178 11 Wales
30 Oct 2010 10:23AM
Fabulous shot, lovely colours and some cracking reflections. Great write up and seeing a stag that close must have been a great buzz after the initial shock.

Loch Tulla is a fabulous place and I stopped off there on my way back from Skye last year...wished I had more time to explore there as it really is one of the lesser visited gems in that area.
porty2003 18 97 Scotland
30 Oct 2010 10:30AM
Glorious image,how i'd love to have been there !!

Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
30 Oct 2010 11:43AM
That looks cold! What a wonderfully enchanting experience this must have been for you, and this shot certainly made the trip worth while.
User_Removed 13 26 2 United States
30 Oct 2010 12:57PM
Gorgeous colors; stunning shot.
michaelcombe 12 46 2 United Kingdom
30 Oct 2010 10:36PM
Thanks all,much appreciated,

Phil_Nunez 13 21 United Kingdom
31 Oct 2010 7:57PM
One should be proud of this shot, when one goes to such lengths in darkness one deserves a little luck with the elements coming together and I do believe one achieved this here. Well done!
oll1e 15 57 2 United Kingdom
2 Nov 2010 4:07AM
Well i for one say bravo Michael ,firstly for finding your way there and for braving the elements ,fences!! etc .Looks great with the ice in the foreground and those whisps of pink in the sky .
But the bonus was the stag !,something to come away with ,a shot to remember.Smile

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