Bracklinn Falls

From droplets to a roaring torrent… this is the majesty of Bracklinn Falls after heavy rain, photographed on a wet day at the end of summer. To get to the falls… Look for the brown signpost as you come into Callander from the east, and follow the road up to a car park.  It’s a […]

Raindrops on birch twigs

Water has endless beauty, so I thought it would make a great subject for a new photo-series. My first choice is this lovely image of dripping birch branches in the woods around Bracklinn Falls near Callander.   A photo of the falls themselves is lined up to appear soon – and they were spectacular, thundering down […]

Trees 7: frozen

Our first winter in Scotland was long and cold;   this photo of a Scots pine was taken in January 2010, on the shore of Loch Leven.   The whole loch had frozen and a breath of white mist clung to the surface, blurring the edges and giving it an other-worldly appearance. © Colin Woolf

Trees 6: white

Taken a few years ago, when an overnight snowfall had transformed the trees behind our house into feathery tendrils of white.   I love the silence that comes after snow. © Jo Woolf

Trees 5: Reflections

This photo was taken a misty day last winter, by the Lake of Menteith.  The tree seemed to be dipping its fingers into the water.  It’s hard to work out where the branches end and the reflection begins! Photo copyright © Colin Woolf

Trees 4: monochrome

These Scots pines were photographed in colour, although you’d never think so! The cold December drizzle turned everything to monochrome.

Trees 3: Scots pine

The trunk of an old Scots pine reminds me of a landscape in miniature:  a terrain of contoured hills riven with deep gorges. At the winter solstice, druids would light bonfires of Scots pine branches with the aim of drawing back the sun into the cycle of seasons.  You can find out more in this feature on The […]

Trees 2: Sunlight

Lit by a fleeting patch of sunlight, these larches glow like candles beside the shore of Loch Lubnaig.   The shorter trees to the left could be birch or alder.  Taken in November last year. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf

Trees 1: Winter beech

In this new photo-series I’m going to share some of my favourite photos of trees.    This old beech tree, photographed near Kelso in late autumn, made a beautiful silhouette against the sky. Photo copyright © Jo Woolf

Scottish islands: Mull

Is this one of the best beaches in Scotland?  I think so, but then I’m biased!   As you come round a corner on Mull’s wild and rocky north-west coast, Calgary Bay opens up before your eyes in all its white and turquoise beauty. Photo © Jo Woolf