Photographer's Note

I mentioned Loch Caruisk in my previous post. It is situated amidst the Cuillin Hills, and although it is possible to walk there most people take the boat trip from Elgol Harbour on Loch Scavaig. The boat operates daily between April and October, weather permitting, and drops people off close to the loch and returns later to pick them up. On the way the boat stops at a seal colony. Occasionally dolphins are sighted. There is time to walk the perimeter of the loch before being picked up, but we spent so long taking photos we had to return the same way or miss the boat.

The walk to Loch Caruisk isnt easy. Starting from Camasunary there is an obstacle to cross known as the Bad Step. This consists of a sloping rock formation a bit like a gangway made from a crack in the rocks. Miss your footing and youre in the sea. Unless youre good at scrambling and have a good head for heights its best to give it a miss and catch the boat.

Loch Caruisk is a freshwater loch surrounded by the Cuillin Hills. It is said to be one of the wildest places in Britain. When the volcanic Cuillins were formed millions of years ago it was a volcanic bowl. During the Ice Age the granite was smoothed and polished by glaciers. Today the bowl is filled with water to form a deep loch.

I took this image just after arriving and completing the short walk from the drop-off point. So far the wind hadnt disturbed the surface of the loch and the reflections were clear. Later, as we walked round the loch, the wind rippled the water and spoiled the reflections, although the POV shows the scale better. A very short river runs from Loch Caruisk into Loch Scavaig. (a sea loch)

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ISO200, FL18mm,

This is my last post of 2009, a year of difficulty for many countries in the world. My best wishes for good health and happiness in 2010.

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