Loch Mallachie Sunset, Cairngorms

The Story Behind the Image - Loch Mallachie Sunset

One of the most memorable photography trips in my life was a week I spent near Nethy Bridge, in the Cairngorms National Park, in the last week of October, as autumn was slowly turning to winter.

I spent several happy days photographing along the shores of Loch Garten and in the wonderful ancient woodland of Abernethy Forest.

One memorable evening I went further afield, taking the trail that leads past Loch Garten, through the Caledonian pinewoods to Loch Mallachie, where the trail ends.

What I remember most vividly was the amazing sense of peace and quiet. I was waiting patiently by the shore, my toes freezing while I stood, my tripod set up, while the sun sank in the west.

Suddenly, without warning, a goose burst from the reeds along the shore and shot up into the evening sky. It was so sudden and so unexpected that I had no chance to grab my camera and take a photo. Before I knew it the goose was gone, leaving the loch silent and serene.

I photographed the loch, with the colours of the sunset reflected in the still waters, but what I remember most was a sense of awe at the incredible natural world around me.

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