Monthly Archives: April 2020

Covid Dreams 9: The gap in the curtain

Looking at this I can still feel the snell wind that blew that day, and would wish myself back there, looking up Glen Dee from the illusory shelter of the hilltop outcrops on Carn Fiaclach. It wasn’t a promising day. … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 8: Regeneration

Regeneration Loused fae the darg: sunrise on weel kent hills, new trees keekin ower the heather. The picture above was what I had in mind when I wrote these lines, the title referringĀ  both to the personal regeneration of getting … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 7: Coming home

For me this has to be one of the most evocative of images. You’ve parked at the Linn o’ Dee and walked up the track to the Black Bridge. You turn the corner and there the wide, flat meadowland opens … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 6: The plateau

The Cairngorms can disappoint those who are thirled to pointed peaks and sharp ridges, but that’s to miss the point… so to speak. The view here is all about size and scale: the expanse of the high plateau, the sense … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 5: Mar Lodge in the 1970s

This takes me back to my childhood and early teenage years, to the late ’60s and early ’70s and the heydays of the public bar at Mar Lodge. With a free campsite a couple of miles up the road, Saturday … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 4: Perfect day

There’s something so relaxed and relaxing about this photo of Neil Findlay and Alfie descending from Sgor Dubh to Luibeg Cottage. June sunshine dominates, with the occasional cloud-shadow drifting across the hillsides but to wind to speak of. As I … Continue reading

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Covid dreams 3: Cold winter

These images speak of the harshness and violence of winter in the Cairngorms. And of the beauty. The weak sunlight flaring through a gap in the wind-torn clouds to light a ridgeline almost scoured of that dry, cold snow that … Continue reading

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