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I'd talked a bit in the interview with Great British Landscapes www.landscapegb.com/2011/04/featured-photographer-colin-c...

about the influence of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. It kind of inspired me to take a walk along the southern shores of Loch Ness today, where I grew up and explore that idea of objet trouve and common forms in nature!

View from the back garden

loch ness from dores inn xmas day 1984

I'd talked a bit in the interview with Great British Landscapes www.landscapegb.com/2011/04/featured-photographer-colin-c...

about the influence of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. It kind of inspired me to take a walk along the southern shores of Loch Ness today, where I grew up and explore that idea of objet trouve and common forms in nature!

After leaving Fort Augustus and taking the minor road around the south side of the Loch, you negotiate the steep Suie brae and then emerge on to this wonderful plateau which follows the line of the Military road built as a result of the Jacobite Rebellions. It really does look like the roof of Scotland - you are level with the tops of the imposing hills on the opposite side of the Loch (on far left) and your view is similar to what the soldiers would have seen when they were building the original road more than 250 years ago.

 

The City of Inverness lies behind the hills directly in front, almost 30 miles distant.

 

And there IS a loch in the picture - that's Loch Mhor in the distance, right of centre, which is used to genrate hydro electricity. I understand it powers the Grid during the day, sending its waters through turbines down to Loch Ness ,and it is replenished overnight by use of surplus electricity, pumping the water back up from Loch Ness.

It was initially used to power the former Aluminium Factoty at Foyers and because of that this area attracted unwelcome attention from the Luftwaffe in WW2.

 

www.doresonlochness.co.uk/allaboutdores/storyofdores.shtml

No sign of Nessie, but some nice colours at Dores this evening.

Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.

 

Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.

 

Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch.

.... was it a rock or Nessie?!?

 

Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.

 

Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.

 

Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch.

Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.

 

Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.

 

Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch.

On a windy day in January, when Loch Ness is in flood the waves crash in on the beer garden of the Dores Inn, like the sea.

The village of Dores on a snowy winter day.

Darn ... just missed Nessie again!

 

Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.

 

Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.

 

Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch.

Dores Inn on a snowy winters day.

Taken on Loch Ness.

 

Nessie's first famous recorded sighting was by St Columba in 565AD. Although there have been rumours down the centuries, it was in 1933 that the monster really hit the headlines. The A82 was being constructed, which involved much drilling and blasting along the west bank of the loch. During this '33 and '34 there were numerous sightings and this led to and inconclusive investigation.

 

Loch Ness is the largest loch in the UK, at 24 miles long, 1 mile wide and up to 740 feet deep. And, take it from me, it is freezing!!! 7 rivers flow into the loch, which lies in a natural geographical fault which stretches the width of Scotland. In 1822 the Caledonian Canal, built by engineer Thomas Telford, was completed, enabling ships to travel from the east to the west of Scotland. Later that year a photograph was taken by a London surgeon that seemed to show a sinuous head and neck rising out of the water.

 

Over the years there have been many sightings, photos and investigations - some resulting in interesting 'proof', others drawing a blank. But there are still sightings (some very sober, serious folk in our congregation clame to have seen something!), and there is always and air of mystery when you visit the loch.

Taken at Dores, a village on the northern shores of Loch Ness. The Dores and Essich Parish runs from the outskirts of Inverness to the shores of Loch Ness and is very much a rural parish. Much of the area is farmed and it's delightful to see the lambs and calves bouncing around the fields just now.

 

In June 2007, Dores will host the 2nd Rock Ness (opened last year by Fat Boy Slim).

The mountains on the opposite side of Loch Ness from Dores covered in snow.

I'd talked a bit in the interview with Great British Landscapes www.landscapegb.com/2011/04/featured-photographer-colin-c...

about the influence of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. It kind of inspired me to take a walk along the southern shores of Loch Ness today, where I grew up and explore that idea of objet trouve and common forms in nature!

A beautiful summer day on Dores Beach.

Dores Inn taken from torr gardens. Oct 83

The view down Loch Ness from Dores beach on a snowy winters day.

Wood pile in forest around Dores

Taken at Dores, near Inverness, looking along Loch Ness

In January 2005 Loch Ness was so high that Dores beach virtually vanished from view.

Looking back along Loch Ness, from just outside Pottery House.

The glow from the trees on the right is probably due to the fact they were scorched by the flames in the strong winds.

Taken at Dores, near Inverness, looking up Loch Ness

Strong wind meant the flames went sideways rather than up! Slightly roasted the tree on the right.

On A still autumn day looking across Loch Ness from Dores.

torr gardens. from dores inn car park

The Big Tents are up! The festival is about to start!

  

Midtown Farm, Scaniport near Dores

Er, the Big Tents are still up! The festival will start shortly!

After leaving Fort Augustus and taking the minor road around the south side of the Loch, you negotiate the steep Suie brae and then emerge on to this wonderful plateau which follows the line of the Military road built as a result of the Jacobite Rebellions. It really does look like the roof of Scotland - you are level with the tops of the imposing hills on the opposite side of the Loch (on far left) and your view is similar to what the soldiers would have seen when they were building the original road more than 250 years ago.

 

The City of Inverness lies behind the hills directly in front, almost 30 miles distant.

 

And there IS a loch in the picture - that's Loch Mhor in the distance, right of centre, which is used to genrate hydro electricity. I understand it powers the Grid during the day, sending its waters through turbines down to Loch Ness ,and it is replenished overnight by use of surplus electricity, pumping the water back up from Loch Ness.

It was initially used to power the former Aluminium Factoty at Foyers and because of that this area attracted unwelcome attention from the Luftwaffe in WW2.

 

www.doresonlochness.co.uk/allaboutdores/storyofdores.shtml

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