Loch Kernseray Rainbow, Wester Ross

The Story Behind the Image - Loch Kernseray Rainbow

Loch Kernseray is part of the stunning Inverewe estate in Wester Ross, Scotland. I wasn't planning on exploring the area around Kernseary; I actually came to Poolewe to visit the National Trust for Scotland's internationally famous garden of Inverewe.

While exploring the Trust's shop at Inverewe I ran across a booklet of local walks taking in parts of the wider Inverewe estate. One of those walks was a circular trail leading around Loch Kernseray from the parking area at Poolewe. I decided a walk would be the perfect way to end my visit.

What I hadn't planned on was that the weather would turn unpleasant during the walk. I was prepared, however, I always have raingear along whilst photographing in the Scottish Highlands!

I had only reached halfway along the loch when the rain started becoming unpleasant; it certainly wasn't conducive to photography. I decided to turn back.

Every cloud has a silver lining, or in this case, a rainbow. As I left the loch shore, the sun broke through the rain clouds and bathed the golden grass with light, though the loch itself remained shrouded in mist and rain.

A distant rainbow appeared over the loch so I set up my tripod just in time to catch this photo. What you can't see in this photo was that it was raining steadily so I had to protect my camera lens from getting wet - a constant hazard in the Highlands!

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