Our holiday last year to Scotland was a little marred by my hip pain and lack of mobility. I would have loved to walk the Highlands and go off the beaten track a little, just to photograph the amazing scenery. But unfortunately that was not to be so most of the photos I took were in fact taken by the roadside. And for the WordPress photo challenge called The Road Taken, for me this was a perfect example of a photograph being taken on the road.
My inspiration for this photograph was the dark looming storm clouds. Rain? Yes Scotland has rain practically every day. Hubby and I laughed so much whilst on holiday about the weather. What we would call heavy rain down here in the South of England is just a little shower in Scotland. Heavy rain up in the Highlands is like monsoon weather. It reminds me of someone turning on a hose pipe full pelt and aiming it at the window.
The noise of the heavy rain beating down on the caravan roof was a constant thing we learnt to sleep through. The stormy look of the rain clouds in the sky above the mountain tops did add drama to photographs. Stormy clouds in my opinion add drama to your photographs. In landscape photography being able to photograph storm clouds is a lot better than having a dull bland sky. A sky that is just one toned grey and dismal adds nothing to a photography. When photographing skies that are dismal you either have to process the photograph in black and white or replace the sky in Photoshop. And that is something I don’t like having to do unless it is completely necessary.
Driving to Glencoe is a breath-taking experience. To see waterfalls by the roadside and unspoilt countryside everywhere you look is what makes the long drive worthwhile. If you are into Landscape Photography take a trip to the Highlands. The whole area is inspirational, relaxing and worthy of a trip. Some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen is in Scotland. And yes I will be returning and hopefully going off of the beaten track this time.