Gloaming (1) by Karl Williams

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For those of you not familiar with the Scots word “gloaming”, it refers to the magical period between sunset and darkness which, because of the comparatively high latitude, may last a couple of hours or more in mid summer. Despite its beauty it is, unfortunately, playtime for the ubiquitous midges (tiny biting insects) which plague most of Scotland in summer.

This scene is of Loch Quoich, in the so-called “rough bounds of Knoydart” in N.W. Scotland, which, together with nearby Loch Garry, forms part of the Glen Garry Hydro-Electric scheme commissioned by the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board in the 1950s. The dam on Loch Quoich, which was completed in 1962, is the largest rockfill dam in Scotland at 320 m long and 38 m high. Loch Quoich holds the record for being the wettest place in Scotland.

Scanned from a 35mm transparency; Olympus OM1;

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  • Carol Ritchie
    Carol Ritchieover 5 years ago

    Stunning, such lovely colours.

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    Roaming in the Gloaming !!! great shot,

  • Exactly, Ann .. our debt to the late Harry Lauder knows no bounds!

    – Karl Williams

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, nuff said …

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanover 5 years ago

    Wow … Karl!!!! This is really unusual!!!! Maybe because it’s a scanned transparency but there’s really a unique and fantastic translucence and sharp rich detail to this one that is extraordinary. Beautiful!!!

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageover 5 years ago

    Simply amazing colours, Karl; fabulous light!

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 5 years ago

    Lovely tones and hues Karl!

  • Denis Molodkin
    Denis Molodkinover 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture!

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 5 years ago

    So calm and relaxing, especially with those tones, Karl !!! Thanks for the reference to the Gloaming, that now puts the famous song from the old musical, Brigadoon into perspective !!

  • Thanks, Phil .. as always your comments are greatly appreciated!

    – Karl Williams

  • Aleksander
    Aleksanderover 5 years ago

    beautiful place, amazing lighting!

  • eddiej
    eddiejover 5 years ago

    Simply great peaceful you can feel it

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