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Mountain hare book scoops Nature Photography award

A debut book exploring The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare has gained public appreciation in an online vote to find the Favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book of 2018. It is the work of photographer Andy Howard, a leading expert on mountain hares, and includes stunning photography and field notes from his time on the hills tracking these majestic creatures, as well as a charming narrative about the life of the mountain hare. The book was reviewed on Walkhighlands on launch in October. The vote is held every two years by the Scottish Nature Photography Awards, which celebrate nature, wildlife and

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Mother Earth

Clam shell, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

Karen turns her photographer’s eye to the ground to capture the small-scale details in the landscape.

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Review: The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare

Out of all the creatures with which we share Scotland’s hills, for me there are none that can match the charm of the mountain hare. Whilst on most encounters we walkers only manage to get a fleeting glimpse of their rear end as they skip gracefully away over the snow or through the heather, a close encounter with a relaxed hare reveals their endlessly endearing facial expressions and gestures. When it comes to photographing these magical creatures there’s one man who has risen to prominence as the pre-eminent hare photographer in recent years – Andy Howard – so this book

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How to Improve your Landscape Photography

Karen Thorburn shares her tips for taking better landscape photographs. If you’ve been following my recent posts, you’ll know by now that my favourite topic to write about is my emotional attachment to the landscapes of Scotland. This month sees a brief departure from that; instead, I’d like to share with you some of my top not-too-technical tips to help you to improve your landscape photographs. 27 years after picking up my first camera as a young child back in 1991, I’m still striving to improve my skills and expand my knowledge of the landscapes around me. It’s a life-long

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Haven

I stood on the shoreline at Laig, surveying my surroundings. The coastline was peppered with large boulders known as concretions; hard rocks eroded out of the softer cliff face over millions of years; a timescale incomprehensible in my world of sunrises and sunsets captured in perhaps a thirtieth of a second. Behind me, the scattered settlement of Cleadale was dominated by the near-vertical black crags of Beinn Bhuidhe. Across the water, the mountainous profile of the Rum Cuillin was shrouded in a blanket of cloud. Waves gently lapped at my feet and distant calls of cuckoos echoed from the cliffs

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Shooting the Breeze – Beka Globe

Our occasional series of interviews with landscape photographers living and working in Scotland continues. David Lintern talks with the singular Harris based artist Beka Globe. Tell us about first arriving on the island. Why did you go there as a child, and what made you come back later in life? My parents took a lifestyle choice; my artist father Steve Dilworth needed to be in a place that fed his soul, and allowed him the time and space to explore and create. I returned for similar reasons; to focus on my work, to be a photographer in the sense of

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Walkhighlands’ Paul wins Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year

Walkhighlands founder Paul Webster has been announced as this year’s winner of the prestigious Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year Award. Based in the Cairngorms National Park, Paul beat off strong competition from thousands of entries submitted by photographers from across the globe to win the prestigious title. His winning portfolio comprised of 3 magnificently evocative images shot in the mountain ranges of the Lochaber Geopark and Glen Affric with his Fujifilm digital camera. They included ‘Dreams and Nightmares’, a shot of light breaking through to light up Aonach Eagach whilst two ravens circled overhead; ‘The Mamores’, capturing the mists

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The Glen

My eye is drawn by the tiny green-headed pines poking their heads nervously above the heather, like prey wary of predator. It’s not that pines are unusual in Scotland but young pines, or at least those growing in such profusion, are conspicuous in a wider landscape largely bereft of young trees. These tentative pioneers are the building blocks for a future forest. Secreted away in the southwestern corner of the Cairngorms, the rampaging waters of the River Feshie carve an ever-shifting channel, dynamic and unlawful, with no respect for property or boundaries. Geriatric trees, partly submerged in sand and gravel,

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Photographing Scotland – new book and competition

Dougie Cunningham, a 40-year old professional photographer and hill walker, has spent the last five years travelling around Scotland, researching, visiting, photographing and writing about the most beautiful places in Scotland for his book, Photographing Scotland published this week by fotoVUE at £27.95. At Walkhighlands we’ve an extract below, the chance to win one of three copies of Dougie’s book, and a discount code – WANDER – you can enter to get 20% off all fotoVUE books at their own website, with free shipping until the end of the year. This 592-page photo-location guidebook – featuring over 800 inspirational photographs

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Mountain hare photography

With the winter season having truly arrived, award-winning photographer James Roddie shares his tips on how to photograph mountain hares. Mountain hares are arguably one of the most beautiful sights you can see in the Scottish hills. They are true icons of the Highlands – turning white in the winter and living their lives in some of the coldest and harshest environments in the UK. Britain’s only native hare, they can only be seen in the Scottish uplands and in a small area of the English Peak District. In recent years they’ve become a very popular subject for photographers and

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