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...runs across Sutherland & Caithness on the north of Scotland, the largest Blanket Bog in all Europe,wetlands created by centuries of decaying plants and trees. Investors planted Pine Trees and cut drainage ditches which dried the bogs out, but just in time they were banned and felled and the large carbon sink is returning.
You'll be lucky to see a car in summer and even more so in winter. When you stop your car, the delightful sound of birds fills the air. A few times a day a train clatters through on the single track line between Inverness and Thurso.

Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25mm ZE
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:The Flow Country...
Username:Scottishlandscapes Scottishlandscapes
Uploaded:14 Aug 2013 - 9:12 AM
Tags:Caithness, Farr Trip 2013, Highlands, Landscape / travel, Scotland, Sutherland
Votes:Voting Disabled



this is lovely. I love the way it is displayed and the building / trees to give it perspective.


the clouds sweeping us along to the left a brilliant landscape shot


This is the first shot I have seen of this part of the country, Dougie, and it's good to know that it is being protected now.
An almost treeless rolling landscape stretching for mile after mile to the distant high land.

14 Aug 2013 - 9:46 AM

Just lovely. Well thought out shot.


The heavy sky helps to make this super landscape!!

mikbee  8 Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2013 - 11:58 AM

It is to my shame Dougie that at 61 years old I know sod all about Scotland.
I hardly ever get past Leith !!
How refreshing to see you here and to find out a bit about my homeland.
Super shot.
(Mind you,I have seen a few carbon sinks floating about Leith docks before !!)


Fished there a few times, from Forsinard, thirty or so years back. Some lovely trout lochs with a fair walk to the best. At that time Fountain Forestry were planting regimented rows of sitka spruce, with little regard for landscape & lochs. Glad to hear attempts being made to reverse that.
It was, & still is I hope, a great place for birds - part of the joy of fishing there was seeing eagles, hen harriers, red-throated divers etc.
Regards, Malcolm


Wonderful tones and light Dougie, and that format works a treat.
You were right; V2 is upside down Smile


Like your comp and the good tones for this Dougie, well worked
Regards Richard


We've driven through this bleak landscape which has its own special beauty. Your image shows it off and I like the wee building, whatever it is.
I've just returned from London - Trafalgar Square and surrounding areas are full of Scotsmen in kilts! Think I got the train home just in time! Smile


Gorgeous vista.Smile


mrswoolybill Critique Team 9829 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1314 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2013 - 6:20 PM

Broad, empty, sweeping wilderness - under the weight of that sky.

Last Modified By mrswoolybill at 14 Aug 2013 - 6:20 PM

The first definition I have encountered of a name I have seen but not researched. Your description makes it sound as idyllic as it looks in its isolation.

moiral  5 Scotland
14 Aug 2013 - 7:22 PM

A mean moody sky, a few trees and a wee ?shed, don't know about the lack of visitors though. A part of the countryside that I have never seen before. Spartan, but beautiful. Moira


A sparse beauty Dougie. The panoramic format works well here.


The opposite of the landscape I live in, a really open vista


15 Aug 2013 - 4:49 PM

Not only a beautiful landscape - your words are also beautiful. Speaking of great love for a country, your country.
Thank you.

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