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Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Sunrise over the 'Alps'


Postby soulminer » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:38 pm

Route description: Beinn an Lochain

Corbetts included on this walk: Beinn an Lochain

Date walked: 07/10/2012

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The title has a particular significance.My daughter Ashleigh is working over in Switzerland. A week, or so, ago she sent her Gran a post card, and decided as her Gran got one- so would we. Ours was a stunning picture of a sunset behind Cape au Moine-1941m, with the script added-
'We live just at the top of this mountain, the view is nice,but a little tiring treking to and from work every morning- ha,ha ' So I decided to send her a sunrise pic behind some other Alps for her bloody cheek :wave: !!
It was looking good for my day off- clear skies and a forecast of fog :lol: But unfortunately the latter didn't materialise :crazy: Set off early as usual, and arrived at the carpark under a bejewelled sky. It was a little on the chilly side with a fair old frost :crazy: So boots on, head torch on and off to climb Beinn an Lochain in the dark :lol: The stream was rushing fairly fast, and the stepping stones were just being covered so as not to have frozen :) The ground did still have a squelchy quality to it, but nothing to sink too deeply into. The sky was amazing to stare at with the torch switched off- little twinklies and a beaming moon.I did not take too many stops, as I wanted to be on the summit in around 90 mins, so just plodded on to a set pace.

A few on the way up:

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IMGP1463 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1467 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1469 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1468 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

The sky was now beginning to catch alight, a bit like the smile on my face :lol: Planning is such a practical art :D Developing colours spilling along the horizon- lovely :clap:

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IMGP1472 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1475 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1477 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Enough pic taking crack on with the job at hand. It may be there was enough light to see,or my eyes had just grown used to the half light, for the torch to be pocketed.

Up ahead was looking a bit lighter

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IMGP1478 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Some views from around

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IMGP1480 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1482 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1491 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Approaching the summit

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IMGP1496 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

The summit itself with a nice backdrop

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IMGP1500 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

With a different backdrop

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IMGP1501 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

It never ceases to amaze me how different the sky the sky appears on the opposite side of a sunrise :) The air was cold with a slight wind to lower the temp. The final 100m, or so, had been a tad icy and my breath was puffing out like a chimney :lol: But it was a fine sight to view 8)

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IMGP1503 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Zoomed shot of the Cobbler

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IMGP1508 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1510 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A shot from the South Top

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IMGP1517 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Back to the Summit

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IMGP1519 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Sunrise 8)

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IMGP1520 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1522 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Summit and backdrop

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IMGP1530 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1531 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Casting a red glow

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IMGP1534 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1536 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Another Cobbler zoom

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IMGP1538 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1547 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1549 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1556 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1557 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

I was just taking shot after shot, with the odd swig of the bean to heat 'dem bones' . I spent ages on the summit sponging in all the goodness. I had to leave, as I had my wifes car- as mines has a cracked manifold so did not want to chance it. A pity as the dogs would have been happy to join me, but alas not this time- two Collies and me in a Corsa, that is an equation that does not balance !! :lol:

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IMGP1563 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1567 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Self portrait :lol:

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IMGP1569 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Heading back down

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IMGP1577 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1580 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1585 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1589 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Last view of the moon

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IMGP1593 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

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IMGP1592 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

Final pic

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IMGP1598 by BoydBlair, on Flickr

A totally wonderful wee amble this morning, it is times like this that makes an old man happy :lol: :lol:
And Ashleigh- I hope you enjoyed your view of the 'Alps' I sent you :thumbup:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby mrssanta » Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:53 pm

Wow! almost makes me want to get up early!
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby jimandandrea » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:11 pm

Amazing. You must have walked fast! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby Driftwood » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:25 pm

Some stunning views and a deserved reward for such an early start.

The cairn seems to be showing some morning glory too :lol:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby Collaciotach » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:44 pm

Glé mhath a bhalaich ... some stunning photos there a fine reward for your efforts :clap:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby Mountainlove » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:33 pm

Wow I drove past this Corbett yesterday and really loved the look of it...thank you for sharing the pictures from the top! What an amazing sunrise! Well done for getting up early! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby Johnny Corbett » Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:44 pm

Superb! One of my favourite Corbetts this and that photo looking down the ridge towards Glen Kinglas is stunning. :D
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby LeithySuburbs » Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:23 pm

Doubt I'll ever be up a hill for sunrise (unless I'm lost :lol: ) but looks cracking 8) .
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby rockhopper » Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:47 pm

Excellent :thumbup: - you're getting to be a bit of an expert on sunrises....when's the book coming out ? - cheers :)
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby Lenore » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:05 pm

Excellent!! Thanks for sharing that bit of magic. No.1557 is especially superb. Wow.
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby foggieclimber » Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:10 pm

Beautiful colours in the photos.
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby ChrisW » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:51 pm

Fantastic photos Soulminer, I'll bet your daughter didn't expect that, what a great thing to do for both of you, love it :clap:
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby GillC » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:31 am

Amazing pics,,indeed, makes you want to get up and out to experience these conditions. Was up the hill on Sunday too,,perhaps that was you coming off just before 9:30 with your camera round your neck???? Smashing hill,,thighs are still feeling it,, lol Well done on super shots,
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby soulminer » Tue Oct 09, 2012 10:43 am

Cheers all :thumbup:
It was indeed me with my camera Gill, I did say hello to a few people in the carpark as I passed. If you had introduced youself I would have given you a preview of the photos :lol: I thought it was a walking club meet, as someone mentioned you were waiting for another arrival. A grand day for the walk all the same 8)
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Re: Sunrise over the 'Alps'

Postby pigeon » Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:54 pm

Brilliant again,pics get better with every report :thumbup:
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