A varied few weeks

A mountain hare caught in some low winter sunshine.

 January is usually a month of single-mindedness for me, with Scottish winter climbing and mountain photography keeping my attention away from almost anything else. However this year the season has continued to present the challenges that I referred to in my last blog post, with a continuing run of bad luck meaning that good climbing conditions have always coincided with me being unavailable. In previous years this would have caused me massive frustration. So far this season however I’ve managed to stay fairly flexible, and as a result I’ve had a far more varied January than I usually would and I’ve focused on a wider range of subjects.

Allt nan Uamh Stream CaveCaving in Allt nan Uamh Stream Cave, Assynt. I’ve spent some time up in the NW Highlands this January working on a commission. I’ve held the best images back for this but here’s a taster of what I’ve been working on.

SuilvenSuilven and the frozen Assynt landscape on a rare day of sunshine and crisp conditions.

The Fiddler's NoseSgurr an Fhidhleir seen from Stac Pollaidh.

Black Isle red squirrelsRed squirrels a few minutes from home. Owner of Black Isle Hides and fellow local photographer James Moore invited me around to one of his sites a couple of times earlier in the month for some squirrel photography. A dusting of snow happily coincided with some interesting behaviour from the squirrels, and it was good to see some pine marten tracks in the snow around the hide.

Black Isle red squirrel The red squirrel is a species I seem to photograph very little, despite seeing very often. However after spending some time at these hides I think this may change as I’ve been reminded what fascinating mammals they are.

Mountain hareSome beautiful light in the Monadhliath. Snow cover at lower altitudes has been quite unreliable so far this season so I’ve been heading up fairly high in the hills to photograph mountain hares in the snow.

Mountain hareA mountain hare up high in a Cairngorms corrie. In general the hares in this location are extremely difficult to approach successfully.

Taking flightA mountain hare on the run up high in the Cairngorms. A heavy dump of snow on very light winds the night before produced some beautiful conditions for photography.

StonechatStonechats are a new project of mine. I regularly see these curious birds on my local beach whilst I’m out looking for otters.


Glen CannichRed deer – another species that I’m guilty of forgetting about too often. I’ve been enjoying putting a bit of time into photographing these animals again over the past few weeks.

Red deer

Red deer
Red deer

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