I don’t have any photos from my first visit to The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. But that visit sits foremost in my memory. What a day!
It was crazy. It was about a 45 minutes from from the B&B I was staying at, so I left in darkness in order to be up there well ahead of sunrise. When I left it was absolutely pouring rain. But I didn’t go to Scotland to stay in my comfy bed (although I considered it), so off I went anyway hoping for some dramatic skies.
The drive was narrow, windy and a bit scary when getting near the top of the mountain. When I arrived, there was no one in the parking lot but me. Everyone else was smarter I guess!
The wind!!!! And the rain!!!! Sideways rain, wind that almost blew me off the mountain. I couldn’t walk straight. But still I persisted.
I went back to my car for awhile, and went back outside for awhile, before finally giving up. But at least I knew there was a location with a dramatic landscape waiting for a better day.
I did return twice more and got the small handful of photos in this post, but that’s it. It is an incredible landscape with some incredible weather to go with it. But sometimes there’s too much weather!
This is the life of a landscape photographer. Many hours spent waiting in the rain and the cold waiting for the magic light that often never comes. Going back to locations again and again waiting and hoping. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. And that’s okay.
This time I managed to squeak out a few shots in between the storms, plus one daytime shot. Now I have a reason to go back.