In ‘real life’ I’m a lecturer at the University of Stirling. It is based in some of the most spectacular grounds of any university I’ve been in: the mountains to the north make it feel as if the Highlands are right behind us, we have our own castle and even our own loch! (A loch is the Scots term for lake; we only have one lake in Scotland, the Lake of Menteith – you can see some of my photographs of it here on RB).

This is from a foggy winter afternoon, when I was out for a walk round the loch between giving classes. The stillness of the trees and the (apparently) serene movement of the swan complemented each other, I thought.

More images are on my website.

Featured in Scotland’s Lochs 28.4.2010

Although several groups on RedBubble require this information, the camera really does not matter:
Nikon D90
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR DX


airthrey loch, scotland, stirling, swan, tree, university, water, landscape


  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    sensational capture, love the mood to this

  • Thank you Kathy, it was a magical afternoon

    – Michael Marten

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    This is really lovely the mist is wonderful and that single swan adds so much to this. just beautiful

  • Thanks, Karen, there were more swans, but I moved to a spot where I just had this one in frame, and it links to the trees too, so I was very pleased with that.

    – Michael Marten

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago

    ….and you have some terrific fog opportunities too :-)

  • Indeed! :)

    – Michael Marten

  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    A lovely image Michael, very well composed and the fog realy adds a sense of mystery!!

  • Thank you for your lovely comment, Shaun.

    – Michael Marten

  • walela
    walelaover 4 years ago


  • Thanks, walela!

    – Michael Marten

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful, classical scene Michael, love the mist :))

  • Thank you, Trish, for your kind comments!

    – Michael Marten

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely capture…..

  • thank you, Antanas.

    – Michael Marten

  • emanon
    emanonover 4 years ago

    this is beautiful work, a bit special for me as I was born near this very spot in the Castle. (can’t remember the loch tho’ lol )

  • Thanks for your comment – the Castle is now the law department!

    – Michael Marten

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    wow ! amazing shot, love the fog and the atmosphere of this

  • Thank you for your kind comment, Shoaib.

    – Michael Marten

  • Susan Dost
    Susan Dostabout 4 years ago

    lovely shot!! I love the misty feeling of the wintry theme

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment!

    – Michael Marten

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