Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle, Isle of Skye

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    One of the last locations from my recent 5 day phototrip up to the Isle of Skye in Scotland with Geoff Moore, Pete Rowbottom and Mark Waidson was to the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle.

    Both Pete and myself had been here previously, and on my last visit the camera didn't even come out of the bag due to the hordes of sightseers ticking this location off their list. For such a remote location it was exceptionally busy, however this time, it was different. In order to get to the waterfalls that make up the falls one has to cross either stepping stones, or strategically placed rocks in a stream. Having a good pair of walking boots on didn't present any problems as I just stomped on through, however a number of tourists had summer footwear on which was completely unsuitable for the icy conditions, and they couldn't ford the streams. The place was deserted!

    The river is the Allt Coir' a' Mhadaidh and the mountains in the background are from R to L - Sgurr a' Mhadaidh (Eng=Peak of the Fox), Sgurr an Fheadain, Sgurr na' Bairnich and Bruach na Frithe (Eng=Slope of the Deer Forest).

    I must admit that I found this location quite difficult to get a good composition. The sky was constantly changing from flat to blue with clouds, and the rain was intermittent. It would have been nice to be able to linger for a while, but we had to get back south and make do with what we had captured.

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    1. Pete Rowbottom, Wigan, UK 10 days ago | reply

      Nice that Mike, good job !

    2. Images from the Dark Side 10 days ago | reply

      That is a cracker, beautiful colours, I haven't really had a look at mine from here yet but on a quick review I don't think I have anything that comes close to this. I found it a difficult place to photograph

    3. cliveg004 10 days ago | reply

      Fabulous - love the icy colours in the water! I loved Sgurr a' Mhadaidh it was like walking on the pointy bit of a roof.

    4. Chris Firth of Wakey. 10 days ago | reply

      A different and pleasing take on this ever popular location.

    5. muddybootsuk 10 days ago | reply

      Clive Griffiths ...the pointy bit of the roof is the ridge Clive, I may use that description though when commenting in my next survey report "slight deflection and undulations in the pointy bit of the roof!"

    6. muddybootsuk 10 days ago | reply

      Chris Firth Cheers Chris. A difficult location to shoot really, and the topography provides limitations on what is readily accessible.

    7. cliveg004 9 days ago | reply

      Muddy Boots UK Haha - there are ridges and there are ridges! That one really was like the pointy bit of a roof, and yes feel free to use my poetic Shakespearian descriptions in a forthcoming blog - you know it makes sense.

    8. Katybun of Beverley 9 days ago | reply

      Geez it looks cold. Glad you had it to yourselves which makes a change. It's a beauty!

    9. shutterbug_uk2012 8 days ago | reply

      The way the foreground ice curves in the frame is very dramatic. Looks like a great result to me - I didn’t make it there on my last trip (owing to a broken leg sustained at Sligachan) but really need to go. Love this image.

    10. eclectico63 4 days ago | reply

      Stark vista

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