Loch Garten, Cairngorms

The Story Behind the Image - Loch Garten

One of the most memorable photography trips in my life was a week I spent near Nethy Bridge, in the Cairngorms National Park, just as autumn was giving way to winter. What an incredible area, particularly when the autumn colours are at their best.

One of my favourite locations for photography during my week in the Cairngorms was Loch Garten, which, thankfully, was just a 10-minute drive from my holiday cottage.

The loch is famous for the Loch Garten Osprey Centre, where breeding pairs of ospreys have been re-introduced and visitors can see them nesting via a 'nest cam' in the visitor centre.

The loch lies within Abernethy Forest, an area of ancient Caledonian pine woodland.

One memorable morning I got to the loch just as the sun was rising. There had been a light fall of snow overnight, leaving the trees by the loch shore dusted with white.

The water was so peaceful that it was more like a glass mirror than a Scottish loch!

What I remember most about this scene is not the sheer beauty of the landscape and the loch, but how cold my toes were in my rubber boots!

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