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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

SMOKING FALLS. (12/03/14)

It is another great day with not a cloud in the sky. The overnight low was –2.6oC but now it has reached the dizzy high of 14.4oC.

On our pre-breakfast walk there looked to be plenty of water coming down the river Foyers so I decided to make the effort and climb up to see the Falls of Foyers.

_MG_3126     Loch Ness basking in the sunshine.

_MG_3127   This boat hut is already getting a tan or is it rust?

_MG_3128   Another grand morning.

I had a quick breakfast then psyched myself up for the near vertical mile puff, cough and blow up to the falls. It’s a beautiful walk up the side of a very steep gorge.

_MG_3147The old bridge and the new one. The light was very harsh. I’ll have another go if we get some clouds before I leave.

_MG_3144Foyers Gorge.   

It is a nightmare taking pictures in this light but it is much more pleasant than driving rain.

_MG_3146The Falls of Foyers. Things have just got a whole lot worse as I’m now shooting into the sun. It did show up the mist rising from the cataract. The Gaelic name is Eas na Smùide which means the smoking falls.

foyfallpanOne hundred and sixty five feet of vertical drop. They are really impressive or perhaps I’m easily impressed. If I get some decent light I’ll do some video tomorrow. I took the tripod and a pack of ND graduated filters but have mislaid the 72mm adapter ring for the filter holder. I’ll have a good root around for it this afternoon. It isn’t in the cutlery draw but my toe nail clippers were.

Have fun, the weather is set to change tomorrow but it may be fine for photography.

39 comments:

  1. Beautiful the falls, the old hut and the lazy boat.

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    1. Bob, they are great. I have been up three times and it is a hard walk for me these days. Today it was worth it but far from perfect.

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  2. I've mislaid a brand new magazine. I have looked high and low. I only bought it yesterday. How could I lose it? It's not in your cutlery drawer is it? We do waterfalls really well here in FNQ.

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  3. Carol, I never buy magazines. But I bet you have left it in the freezer or at the side of the water closet. Magazines are too big for cutlery draws. I found my mobile phone in the freezer.
    It's frightening. I'm pretty good with camera gear but I am starting to lose it a bit.

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    1. Apparently the way that criminals clear the memories of mobile phones is by putting them in the freezer. I must have slept in one on some occasion but I can't recall it.

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    2. Graham, I thought that was car radios.

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  4. Impressive falls Adrian,definitely worth the hike, just a shame about the harsh light!
    A video would be good, I bet the noise is amazing?...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, it is a grand walk. It would be a much better train ride. If Scottish Hydro are using their turbines the flow becomes a trickle.

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  5. Beautiful, Adrian. I can almost feel that fresh air. And what is is about water that is so special?

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    1. Frances, when it is fine up here I feel like seeing it all. It was hot today.
      Water is always special but then I'm a Pisces. It's been a good day I bet my horoscope says Uma Thurman is calling round later.

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    2. Uma failed to materialise but Rod called round and we went to the pub for a quick two pints.

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  6. Some really great pictures and some interesting pictures. Number 1 is really pretty. Number 2 is as well and the color of the tin roof and wood on the side facing us is so good! Number 6 is just great. I like that mix of shadow, sun and smoke...well I guess it is fog or haze or something I don't know the name of.

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    1. David, it's a case of too much sun or not enough. A bad photographer always blames the light.

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  7. I'm in agreement with David I liek number one and the hint of (is it) mist on the mountains. And number six is good too for the exact same reasons David has stated.

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    1. Douglas it wasn't a good day for pictures but it was a wonderful day for a walk.

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  8. That certainly was a steep climb, but it was worth it - from my point of view, you don't sound like you're too sure. I like the waterfall with its rising mist. Lost items in my house often hide in the fridge although yesterday my glasses managed to stay hidden for half the day on the kitchen sink. Sometimes it's not my mind that's the problem it's my eyesight (and sometimes my hearing).

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    1. Pauline, I puff and blow my way up. It is a beautiful walk but hellish steep. It is not a patch on your Brazilian waterfall but it is a good one.
      I dread to think what I'd lose if I had a house. I suspect I'd have to buy two or three of everything.

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  9. These are truly great. I love the 6th one, and the touch of fog that is visible in the middle. Would love to visit this place myself and take my camera along.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, Scotland is wonderful but it rains and is misty more often than not. Today the light was awful. Even Photoshop couldn't rescue the shadows and leave saturated colour in the highlights. I'll re-take the pictures tomorrow. It is giving cloudy with just a bit of rain.

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  10. That's an impressive set of falls. If I listen to you about light and photography I may learn something. I should start reading about basic photography. I hope your weather holds and is nice.

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    1. Red, it is not often that the light is this bad. Not much that can be done and HDR doesn't work with trees and wind.

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  11. Looks like a beautiful place.

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    1. Maria, it is I'm thinking of staying till next week sometime.

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  12. Thanks for taking us along on that steep walk ~ what a sight! It was a pleasure to see the scenery without puffing and blowing :) Lovely lochs as well, and lots of textures and shapes in the boat house photos.

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    1. Glo, it is a beautiful walk. The weather has changed today so I'll do my laundry.

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  13. just beautiful! the waterfall looks as here in sud Switzerland...

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    1. Laura, it did remind me of the Alps. Sunday looks like a good day to have another go.

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  14. What a beautiful spot, Adrian. That misty image is lovely and the boat hut is wonderful.

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    1. Hilary, it is good here but all the walking is steep.

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  15. Picturesque scenery.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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    1. Andrew, it is stunning in the right light.

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  16. The Loch Ness views are grand. Pity about the severe light on your climb. Smoking Falls should be impressive with sound and video.

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    1. John, I've found the filter adapter ring. Had it not been windy HDR would have sorted things out.
      Sunday looks like the day for some video. It's a hell of a slog up the hill though.

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  17. Beautiful nature, Adrian. I like that waterfall!
    a hug

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    1. Laura, it is a beautiful place.

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  18. As a standard landscape shot I liked number 3 with the boat and tree in it the best ... maybe that was the sharp lines and colours in it although I love any scene with a boat in it no matter how small. Then I ambled about with the set and opted for number 6 instead as it is a moment in time with different kinds of light and an unusual framing style.

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    1. Jay, it was fine first thing but things deteriorated rapidly thereafter.

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  19. In the last photo you can actually see the peat in the water. Oh how that reminds me of my Scottish home.

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    1. Graham, yes there is plenty of rain and melt water in the rivers. Peat is always present.

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