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From left to right: Bee Orchid Orchis apifera. Greater Butterfly Orchid Planthera chlorantha. Broad Bodied Chaser. 
Common Spotted Orchid Dactylorhiza fuschii.

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October is the season of colour and the red deer rut. You can find a recording of the deer on my Souncloud page. The link is in the Sounds page of this website.

The third week of October is usually the best for colour in the Highlands of Scotland. Birch trees are about to shed their autumn leaves and the sun is lower in the sky for a large part of the day. Even then when it breaks through cloud cover the colours truly light up. Below are four images of a local viaduct, two were taken on a bright but cloudy day two were taken when the sun was out. See if you can spot the difference. Even on cloudy days the digital darkroom offers ways of improving on the effects of flat light. Most of the images taken in Strathspey were not great out of the camera but once a little "digital fairy dust" is sprinkled on them they look not bad! I hope you like them.Now it is early December and the migrant season is past apart from the flocks of waxwings along the esat coast living off the abumdant rown berry crop that the summer has produced. The images are an eclectic mix of thngs that come my way.

 

In February we returned to the west via Torridon to Applecross sooneot two of the images are similare to the last ones of the Torridon mountains, just a little snow added!! Applecross in winter sun offers the photographer endless opportunities. I have shown a few of my favourites.

March saw me spend time with a friend who lives in Spain. Thanks to his driving we had the best part of a week in the Picos De Europa in the north then a week in Almeria province in the south. A selection of diffferent image styles is added from that extended photographic session. Additional images can be seen on my Facebook page in an Album.

 

 

San Vicente
San Vicente
Lights over the harbour
Do you see a lion's head?
A place by the sea
A place by the sea
North coast of Spain
Stairway to ......
Stairway to ......
Covadonga
Covadonga
High mountain lake.
High mountain lake.
In the Picos
Mountain flower
Mountain flower
In the Picos
Door to .....?
Door to .....?
A wild day in the mountains
A wild day in the mountains
Picos de Europa
Alpine Chough
Alpine Chough
At Fuente De
Almond Blosson
Almond Blosson
In Andalucia
Chapel in the hills
Chapel in the hills
Andalucia
Mirror Orchid
Mirror Orchid
Sierra de Cabrerra
Iberian Lynx
Iberian Lynx
Northern Spain