eBothy Blog

On Photography

Saturday Nov 14, 2015

As I’ve been working on my exhibition images for next spring at the John Muir Trust Wild Space centre in Pitlochry, I’ve been thinking a lot about what photographs actually are and why I like black and white so much.

Sun bursts through the clouds over the Black Cuillin

Redwings and ravens in the Red Cuillin

Sunday Nov 8, 2015

Sgurr nan Gillean

“It’s a bog”, I said, in response to Graeme’s “should I wear gaiters” question and here we were, up to our necks in glour and gloop. The path from Sligachan starts off good but as soon as you branch off into the trees it becomes a quagmire until you get to the bottom of Druim na Ruaige.

The Simplest of Things

Thursday Oct 8, 2015

Sgurr nan Each

The forecast was good but the hills were clagged with atmospheric drifting vapours, so I just went out for a walk. I didn’t mean to end up on the top of Blaven.

Na Fir Chlis

Wednesday Oct 7, 2015

The northern lights above Broadford, looking to the Skye bridge


Saturday Sep 26, 2015

Beinn Sgritheall from the Isle of Skye

I’ve been rather busy of late setting up my new photography business Gabbro Photography. It was a fair old journey designing and building the site to be mobile friendly using Bootstrap and involved too much time on the computer for an old gangrel like me but the end result was worth it.

The Journey Begins

Monday Sep 7, 2015

the dark heart of the cuillin

Saturday Jul 25, 2015

There were a couple of conflicting forecasts for Saturday. MWIS pointed to clearing conditions and cloud above 900m by afternoon, while the BBC had it deteriorating into the afternoon, with roving bands of heavy showers. The BBC won. But I didn’t realise this until the afternoon arrived, by which time I was sitting on the summit of Sgurr na Banachdich in the Cuillin mountains of Skye. My local hills. There are a few ways to get up Sgurr na Banachdich.

summer on sgritheall

Sunday Jul 5, 2015

Ah the blog. I have a blog I suddenly remembered! What with stravaiging, cycling, writing (a bivvy article in The Scottish Mountaineer), preparing for a photography exhibition and what not, it’s been quiet in the eBothy but this weekend was a cracker as I met up with an old friend at Suardalan bothy for his final Munro. It was to be Beinn Sgritheall by the north ridge. The connoisseur’s route. The forecast was ridiculous for summer.

revisiting an old friend

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Ah yes, it’s that time of year, when I let loose a sigh of relief that the incessantly soft and deep snow has gone and the spring flowers and birds are returning to my old friend, Blaven. It’s been a busy time lately, what with doing my CBT, and passing my theory test (now that was a surprise!). I needed to pass in order to take my motorcycle mod1 test and so turned up at Kyle of Lochalsh on a wild day of atlantic storm and rain and signed in at the mobile test van.

stravaiging on coll

Thursday Apr 16, 2015

Easter! Dust off the Brompton, fill up the 120L sac and head for the Armadale ferry, train down to Oban then cycle down the road to the Gallanach campsite, ready for the early ferry on the Saturday morning to the Isle of Coll. That was the plan but in my haste to get moving, I forgot to put the spacer back on the folding pedal and as I was cycling round Mallaig waiting for the train, it began grinding into the crank.

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