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Early morning on a misty Loch
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens,3 RAW images tonemapped in Photomatix and merged in Photoshop
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Beach,River and Lake Treasures June 2012
Celtic Realm June 2012
Loch an Eilein is a small loch on the Rothiemurchus estate about 5 km south of Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park .The name Loch an Eilein comes from the gaelic ‘loch of the island’.(Seen centre shot).
In the late 18th century and early 19th century, the loch was used mainly for two things. On the banks of the loch there is a limestone kiln where the lime stone was collected from a rockface looking over the loch. Also loggers used the connecting river to float logs down to the wood treating factories down stream. The infamous Rob Roy and other cattle rustlers used the loch and one side of the loch is called ‘Robbers Way’. There are only three remaining houses on the loch side and they are used by forestry officers now.
In the middle of the Loch are ruins of the castle. The castle was once a stronghold of the Wolf of Badenoch ( Alexander Stewart, Earl of Buchan, Alasdair Mór mac an Rígh, and called the Wolf of Badenoch, was the third surviving son of King Robert II of Scotland who died around the turn of the 15th century.) The Jacobites, retreating from Cromdale in 1690, besieged the castle, led by Dame Grizel Mor Grant, widow of the fifth laird Grant. At this time the castle was connected to the shore by a causeway. The causeway was lost when the water level in the loch was raised in the 18th century.The ruins were reputed to be the last nesting place of Ospreys in Scotland before they died out (but they have since re-established themselves nearby)
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Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 2 years ago

    beautiful misty capture


  • Hi Maggie,thanks

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  • John Dunbar
    John Dunbarabout 2 years ago

    Absolute Beauty!

  • Thanks very much John

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  • Sandra Lee Woods
    Sandra Lee Woodsabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful Capture. It has a dreamy quality to it. The history behind your images is great also. I feel like I am there.

  • Thanks very much Sandra,this was another early walk for the dog

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 2 years ago

    Wow – - you take that mirror everywhere – - even on vacation?!!? ;-D
    >blows kisses<


  • Oh yes,I have big pockets

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    Just stunning Jamie ! Another great history lesson too.

  • Thanks Roy.

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Peter Stone
    Peter Stoneabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful capture Jamie, real depth to this image

  • Cheers Peter mate

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  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...about 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Your beautiful image was featured in the Beach, River and Lake Treasures Group and you can also enter this image into the June 2012 features challenge if you like. Wishing you a great weekend, kind regards from Esther

  • Thanks so much Esther…have a great one yourself..Jamie

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Bronwyn Munro
    Bronwyn Munroabout 2 years ago

    That is so beautiful…!

  • Thanks Bronwyn,much appreciated

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  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 2 years ago

    Congrats you’ve been featured in Celtic Realm

    Fino & Tina

  • Hi Tina,thanks and sorry for the delayed reply..Jamie

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Asher Haynes
    Asher Haynesalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning reflections and a great composition. Very strong shot

  • Thanks very much Asher and so sorry for the very delayed reply.

    – VoluntaryRanger

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