Landscape Layers And April Showers

P1010446I’ve always been fascinated by the layers of landscape that gradually reveal themselves as I climb higher on any ascent. Mountain days, no matter how short, always offer thought-provoking views, provided, that is, the cloud base co-operates and remains above the summits. And even in poor visibility, the altered, narrowed perspective can fire the imagination. Fitting the jigsaw puzzle pieces of the views from other mountains together is one of the rewards of visiting any hill, no matter what its height or situation. What lies over that hill or fold in the landscape? Where does that ridge lead? What route would I take from here to there?  What would I see from there? I was over there six weeks ago…. I would have seen that feature from the other side….

Views from Morven: Bennachie in the distance


P1010454Recent days included a wander up Morven (871m) and a short, but fast ascent of Geallaig Hill (743m) from Braenaloin (both are hills near Ballater). Morven offered us stunning views of the surrounding springlike countryside, but the sunshine was deceptive: it was cold on the summit and most of my winter layers were required. Geallaig, a week later, proved to be equally as chilly, especially as the encroaching cold front complete with cloud and snow showers moved in to envelope the hill. The rapid change in conditions served to remind us just how raw the weather can still be in April. But the views (before we lost them) across to Deeside and Lochnagar beyond were superb.



3 thoughts on “Landscape Layers And April Showers

  1. Your photos are superb, too! I like that you refer to the layered views as ‘thought-provoking’, by the way. They really are which is one of the reasons hiking is so rewarding, I suppose.

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    1. Thanks, Antje! Layered views make me think on a number of levels: from the photographic side (just how can I convey that sense of depth that landscape layers create), to the practical side (routes and maps), to the spiritual side (how those layers might unfold and that sense of being drawn into an environment so much ‘more’ than me). And then there’s that whole play of light on those layers…. but then that’s your game…. how would you capture the light on the hills and those layers on canvas? What’s the best medium – oils? watercolour?

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      1. Ha, that’s a very good question! It can be done in watercolours and done well, but I suppose I would use oils for that. Which I really have a love-hate-relationship with at the moment, by the way. The only thing that helps me stay motivated with oils is watching Tom Hughes paint outdoors along the English coastline. The first 20 minutes or so of this video give you an idea of what I mean: He talks about which scenes are good for photos and which are good for paintings. Love your photos! xx


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