Calm Lake, Isle of Skye, Scotland, November 2014
A new year has arrived and as I look back on 2014 I remember a year full of beautiful experiences. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time outdoors, for which I’m very grateful. It’s the kind of life that I love and a dream I will continue to pursue in the future.
In November I was guiding a photo tour on the Outer Hebrides. I had a fantastic week together with a great group of photographers. After that week I headed to Skye for some trekking and quiet time. I hiked to this lake surrounded by the dramatic peaks and ridges of the Cuillins. The weather forecast told about unstable weather and winds so I realised that I probably could forget about a calm lake with reflections. A little disappointing as I’m very fond of reflections when it comes to mountain lakes, but this trip was more about seeing something new rather than being very productive in terms of photographs so I was in pretty good mood. It had rained a lot prior to my visit and this was evident when walking, everything was really wet and boggy. It was impossible to find a dry spot to pitch the tent, but I finally found something decent just as the darkness approached and crawled into the sleeping bag.
The second day started with a bit of sunshine, but soon the cloud cover thickened and the light got dull. As sunset approached the wind calmed down and after awhile I found myself knee deep in the water photographing a completely still lake. There was some rain showers moving around which changed the lighting conditions several times and it was just beautiful to stand and watch this subtle show. It was a meditative experience and hopefully some of that is expressed through the photograph.