July is a great time to go exploring along the A82 in Scotland. Scottish wild flowers are at peak season and buttercups line most of the roadside verges. It's even better when your choice of road - A82 in Argyll and Bute is listed as one of the top ten most scenic routes in the UK. So join with me as I take you out on the open road and see a little bit of Scotland through my eyes ...
Professional landscape photographers scout their location. Either get up before dawn or stay around until sunset. No doubt some walk for miles 'off the beaten track' to get that all important shot. However I'm not a landscape photographer nor a hiker. Therefore it's usually a 'stop the car' exclamation from me in the passenger seat.
All of my landscape work is done while going on my way somewhere else. I'm always aware that there are other passengers who are waiting
patiently to reach their final destination. I enjoy what I do and for me whether it's perfect or not isn't the issue.
Having fun with my camera is the important part.
Scottish Wild Flowers at Loch Tulla
I always seem to associated foxgloves with woodland areas and shade. So it was a lovely surprise to find digitalis flowering at their peak up on the moor beside a native silver birch. While yellow hawkweed and daisies in bloom intermingle through the grass. AND yes that is still snow up on the corrie of Stob a'Choire Odhair.
A Sense Of Place
I didn't have a macro lens with me up on the moor but had a 50 mm instead for taking the wild flower images. Thankfully I had a clip-on macro filter in my kit bag and I managed to get a little closer.
I really like the way the 50mm gives the viewer a 'sense of place'. Particularly as you can still see the faint outline of Loch Tulla in the background in the above photograph.
I wasn't dressed appropriately for getting down on wet marshy ground. As a result I had very wet knees after I'd taken these orchid shots. I hastily retreated once a persistent horsefly sought to 'feed from me'. It ended up in the car with me momentarily. Thankfully that was the only beastie I encountered. Better still there wasn't a tick nor a midge in sight.
It's far easier to photograph the Northern Marsh Orchid that grows in my own garden. Though I have ants to contend with instead!
More photographs from along the A82 to follow.