A somewhat belated post for last week – the excuse being a visit to properly up North in Scotland with intermittent mobile reception at best and no data rate whatsoever. It’s great for switching off but not so good for uploading photographs. We start the week at home with a snap of the local library. It has a fairly impressive facade but what caught my eye on Monday was the side of the building and the yellow bricks. Tuesday was the grumpy swans who took exception to me stopping to photograph them. This was just before they left in a huff. and Wednesday was a silly one – the dog had a new collar for the trip up North … just a quick snap on the phone so not a great photograph and really in need of some editing. The collar lasted one walk before it was lost. Thursday I was travelling with work and round some fascinating places in London carrying the camera but work got in the way so all I captured was the station just before hopping the train home. The roof is really quite impressive – glass for what seems like miles. The weekend begins to arrive …. Friday’s image didn’t actually happen due to spending 12 hours in the car but waking up to the following in Aviemore on Saturday morning was worth it. The moody sky just after the snow had stopped while sitting in a lovely warm cafe for breakfast (I’d recommend the Mountain Cafe above one of the outdoor shops to all who visit – the breakfasts are fantastic) looking over towards the Lairig Ghru. It’s quite a well known pass through the mountains, helpfully slightly hidden by a tree top in the image below and is a classic valley shaped by glaciers with a very distinctive shape (U shaped if memory serves me correctly). From there it was another few hours drive further north into Assynt where there are some of the oldest rocks in the world and some pretty impressive coastal views. Unfortunately looking west meant looking into the setting sun so it’s all shadows but amazing to look at. Sunday has a couple of images – the first was somewhat of a surprise to us …. we were not expecting snow down at sea level at the end of April. It was fascinating looking at how much later Spring is when you’re 600+ miles north from where you live …. the primroses were just coming out and the gorse here was in full bloom. The yellows were spectacular across the hillside … until they turned white on the Sunday morning. It eventually cleared up and we got the view back, but what a different view. This landscape is taken just to the right of the above image – it’s the bay rather than the harbour. Yes I could have lightened it and prettified it but it was actually a grey day and I want to remember it like that. By the next morning, it was all gone! The next post will have a few images from Assynt – the scenery is worth a the long drive as it is something special.