Portraits of a cold climate

We took these photos in late March, in the mountains around Loch Tay.   I have chosen them for their colour, patterns and textures, and their overwhelming coldness.   Spring hasn’t reached the uplands of Perthshire yet, but the landscape is still beautiful, even in the grip of ice.   (Click on any image to enlarge it).

Which one is your favourite?

Mountains above Kenmore

Lichen and moss

Glen Lyon (1)

Approaching snowstorm

Lichen on rock

Above Kenmore

Mountain in Glen Lyon

Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf



  1. I actually love all, they speak of outdoors, fresh air, nature, snow…all a person can dream of, but the 6th one is the one I can maybe choose “more” 🙂

  2. The first image, the one of the mountains, speaks the most to me of coldness, but I love the photo of the mosaic-like lichen on the rock. Lovely photos all.

    • Thank you! Yes, that first one looks SO cold! The view across to those mountains was breathtaking. But I agree about the lichens, they make their own artwork and the colours are so intense.

  3. Despite not being a big fan of the white stuff, I think the second last picture might be my favourite – perhaps because I’m imagining the sunshine melting the snow. 🙂

    • Haha, I know you aren’t all that keen on snow, Lorna, but I’m glad you enjoyed these anyway! I love that one, too – the blue sky hints at summer temperatures even though it was freezing up there! I’m surprised that the road was passable, because it usually gets blocked by snow in winter – but this year has been so mild.

  4. Beautiful pictures, we are having a mini heatwave at the moment and so much pollution it makes your eyes sore, but the wind is about to change, thank goodness 🙂

    • I was wondering how you were getting on! It doesn’t sound good at all. We have had thick fog and/or rain for the past week. I hope that it clears away for you tomorrow!

      • Everything is covered in a thin layer of sand, its really quite strange as there is a haze almost like a heat haze, even now at 9.30 you could be sitting outside and not be cold……well I hope you get some sunshine soon, but not the sand 🙂

  5. The first one has something special for me (especially the upper part, those mountains are lovely lightened). And I also like the fourth one for its simplicity.

  6. Jo I agree with others, the first image is special – you’d think it was a painting – a postcard opportunity perhaps? So evocative.

  7. I like the first one because of the sweep of the mountains and I like the last one because they look so massive. But I love lichens, too!

    • Thank you! That first one is more popular than I thought it would be. I thought it was rather dark and brooding! But that is why I liked it, after all. I love the colours and shading in that last one. And, like you, I have a fondness for lichens. I made it too hard! 😀

  8. I always like the lichen.

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