We travelled North, up through the mountains which make up the rugged heart of Highland Scotland. The further we travelled the smaller we felt, until we were tiny specks of life in the midst of stone hills.
Winter was still clinging to the last mountain tips.
Then spring burst through, and the birch trees on the lower slopes glistened with drops of green. Fresh leaves for the new season were shimmering in the sun, barely covering the branches. The landscape seemed to be breathing itself back into life. The spring greening of the glens had begun.
Beneath an impossibly blue sky, green was returning to the land of the high mountains. We were witnessing something far bigger than our own tiny lives, and it was breathing life back into my own winter tired bones.
Connecting to natures rhythms can reconnect us to the deep core of our selves. These huge mountain landscapes, and their raw elemental power can draw us back into our senses, and into life itself. We can see the true nature of life as we make our way through the stillness and mystery of the high mountains.
Stunning mountain views! It’s wonderful to connect with nature 🙂
Couldn’t agree more 🙂 its very renewing.
Magnificent photos and I love the way you write. 🙂
Very kind, I’m glad you enjoy the read 🙂
You are such an amazing soul. I cannot believe you are so good at photography and writing. You also have such a genuinely caring soul. I love your blog!! These photos and words together uplifted me like magic. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful country and heart with us all!!
Also it looks like a rainbow in the fourth shot, or is that just a reflection?
Janine this is such a gorgeous comment, you really made me smile. In the forth shot there is sun flare/ lens flare…..which gives that rainbow light effect 🙂 I always love your comments, they are so encouraging, and I love your blog too, it’s full of quirky creativity 🙂
Oh just gorgeous …the clouds are mesmerising.
Thank you, and I find these mountain clouds just so inspiring, they bring such energy to the landscape. Glad you enjoy them too.
You’ve said – so eloquently – just what I feel when I’m out in the mountains. Thanks.
And those skies! Stunning.
It’s just the best pace in the world to be when I need to get perspective, or when I need to breathe out and let go 🙂 its great to meet another mountain lover!
I feel so lucky with the great clouds we are seeing this trip!
I’ve never had the privilege of visiting Scotland, but from now on your first photo is going to be my visual when I think of it. Beautiful photo.
Very kind, and how wonderful to have provided you with a visual reference.
dramatic landscape! great skies 🙂
Thanks Lisa, I’m really loving the cloud formations we are seeing on this trip. They add great drama to landscape shots!
Beautiful inspiring set. Writing this as we head for Lochcarron via Mull, Ardnamurchan and Skye. Hoping for similar weather!
Oh lucky you coming up the island route, you will get some breathtaking shots. I love Mull. We headed straight through the mountains over the ear popping Drumochter pass 🙂
How astonishingly beautiful. I have been thinking I would love to visit Scotland recently. Your photos make me want to make plans immediately.
That’s lovely to hear Suzanne, and there is so much to see…..which area do you feel drawn to?
I’d love to see the highlands of course but also feel drawn to western Scotland where my ancestors hail from.
Wow – those mountain views are astounding! Nothing like nature to help us feel humble.
Couldn’t agree more Fi, thanks for the great compliment 🙂
Beautiful!!! I would just love to spend my whole day watching the sky and smell the scent of nature.
Oh can I join you Angie! The clouds and sky are giving us a wonderful show right now, and the air up here is so fresh and clear.
That would be lovely! 🙂
*breathless* – oh, what stunning, clear shots…thats another world…^^
What a generous comment, I’m so glad to hear these photos leave you breathless 🙂
It really is like coming into another world as we pass through the mountains, and I love it!
are these posts from live journey, or do you work from home after…
I love all these steps following your trips…and a big compliment…your shooting is step by step a great deal better, on the way to little artworks…*flowers* 😀
These are from a current journey, with maybe a few days delay 🙂
I’m very happy to hear that you think my photography skills are improving. It was one of the goals I focused on for this year….but I still have a long way to go, and a lot to learn!
Wow, Seonaid! These images are spectacular! Beautiful, beautiful landscapes.
What a great compliment, coming from such a great photographer 🙂
So glad you enjoyed these shots of the wonderful Scottish Highlands.
Wow, that sky looks painted, how beautiful.
I know, it suddenly changed colour as we moved further west. It is astonishingly blue, and the drifting clouds add a lovely dimension. On our last visit the skies were so clear that I was begging for some clouds!
Beautiful, beautiful, scenery on a very beautiful day – nice combination. Remind me what equipment you’re using. So crisp … is that the lens or the processing? D
Thank you for your ever encouraging comments 🙂 I know you have lots of stunning mountains around you too, but I never get tired of this scenery no matter how often I see it.
The crispness is partly due to the wonderful clear air up here, and some processing 🙂
My camera body is a Canon 650d, and I was using a canon lens EFS 18-55mm. I just noticed I had the image stabiliser switched off!
What an impossible forget-me-not-blue sky! I can’t wait to see Scotland this summer! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics.
What a great way to describe the astonishing blueness 🙂
I know you will have an amazing trip, we can talk by email if you have any questions I can help you with 🙂
Thanks, I will take you up on that offer 🙂
Beautiful mountains and beautiful clouds!
Thank you, and yes I agree the clods are as spectacular as the hills 🙂
The name of your blog is so appropriate. Fabulous shots. I was breathing right along with you. 🙂
Ha, so glad to hear you were breathing slowly Jo 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the photos.
Wow, the greens are beautiful but the clarity of the blues and greys not only in the sky but in the mountains is absolutely spell-binding. I loved the way you described feeling small in the vastness of such magnificence. I can feel the freshness of the air against my nostrils.
It’s funny, at the time the glittering greens made me say wow, but while processing and choosing which shots to use I also was captivated by the subtle blues and greys 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the words too, these mountains really have a strong positive effect on me.
Beautiful pictures Seonaid. 🙂
Thanks, and I know you have lots of beautiful mountains all around you too. Somehow I never tire of seeing these wonderful hills 🙂
It’s good to see Scotland in the sun though! 🙂
We’ve been lucky so far and missed the worst of the rain up here 🙂 its mostly fallen at night, which is the best way!
The first photograph took my breath away. Its spectacular!
Thank you Victor, it’s a breathtaking landscape 🙂