changing weather, changing light 01
Through visiting my dad today, a day of constantly shifting weather, bright sun, sudden April showers, even hail. And with that comes that every shifting quality of light we experience in Scotland. We'd driven up and over the Campsie Hills (a chain of hills that are extinct volcanoes north of Glasgow) that face my family home and descending the north side we stopped to look further north, where with an open panorama we could see shifting shafts of sunlight piercing the moving clouds, some white, some slate gray while at the same time right next to that spot we could see rain lashing down like waving gray curtains, some of the land in rain, some in sun, some in shadow, all at the same time.
Here framed in between rain clouds, caught in a burst of sunlight coming through a gap in the clouds you can see Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond is in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and is the most southerly of the Munroes (a Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3000 feet - climbers and hillwalkers who try to ascend every one are called Munro baggers). As with Loch Lomond itself, Ben Lomond being so easy to reach from the major population centre of Glasgow and its surrounding towns is hugely popular with many Scots. The spot we shot from is only abour 20 minutes drive from my family home, which in turn is less than 15 minutes from Glasgow centre on the train - you're simply never far from the countryside in Scotland, even in a major city. And with our landscapes that's a good thing. And yes, that is still snow even in late April