Recent posts of my work have featured on The Outer Hebrides – The islands of Lewis and Harris. On our way to these rather special islands we stayed in the Scottish Highlands at a place called Plodda Falls. Situated to the south of Glen Affric, the nearest village is Tomich, whilst the main town of Inverness is about 35 miles to the North East at the northern end of Loch Ness; famous of course for it’s most elusive monster!
We couldn’t have wished for a more peaceful location. We stayed in a lodge surrounded by woodland. Situated near the end of an unmade track we had no near neighbours, no passing traffic and no light pollution. For company we enjoyed the birds singing, the sound of water falling onto rocks below and the newly formed Spring leaves rustling in the wind. Sheer bliss and wonderfully relaxing.
Although we had limited internet access in the lodge, I decided to withdraw myself from all forms of social media. I also imposed a blackout on all forms of news. World War III could have broken out and we would have been blissfully unaware, although I expect the owner might have knocked on the door to let us know.
As a result we were able to fully immerse ourselves in the beauty of the landscape, the wildlife that lived here and the peace and solitude on offer. As a way of recharging the batteries of the soul I am struggling to think of a better way. It was great preparation for our onward journey to the Outer Hebrides where the news blackout and the ban on social media continued.
This immersive approach also helped me photographically as I always find this type of landscape difficult to capture. Good compositions are not easily found but therein lies the challenge. However having given myself permission to cut extraneous thoughts from my mind, I was able to truly see and appreciate the wonder of the nature which surrounded me. Wonder and wandering with a camera is hard to beat in a location as special as this.