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Glencoe, Scotland | by J McSporran
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Glencoe, Scotland

Dawn on the mountains of Glencoe, West Highlands of Scotland. Sunrise over Rannoch Moor from Stob Mhic Mhartuin. I drove up to Glencoe at 0600 hours after the MetOffice weather forecast said it 'may' be a nice dawn. I began the climb up the Devil's Staircase in the dark with a head torch. It was hard going as the staircase was mostly ice with the snow about 6 inches deep. At the top of the staircase I turned left for the climb up to Stob Mhic Mhartuin. The snow drifts were thigh deep in places and the going pretty heavy. The temperature was minus 16 up top. Nevertheless the dawn was spectacular. After about 20 minutes a blizzard arrived, it was a 'whiteout' and I couldn't see my footsteps to judge how to get back down the mountain. Nothing for it than to sit tight in a snow hole and wait for it to pass. After about 30 mins the weather was sufficiently clear to make my way back down. I was lucky. The thing I like most about this photo is the small pink gleam on the River Coupall at the bottom of the glen.

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Taken on January 16, 2016