A photo blog of random images of life in the Highlands - mostly taken with a 'point & shoot' compact camera.

(Oh, and the odd bit of music thrown in). I'm going to try and keep posting a photo a day for a decade.

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The 2017 (latest at top)

Mucky knees: http://stevecarter.com/random/twosheeps.jpg More mucky knees: http://stevecarter.com/random/SixSheep.jpg

Just like last year, we have a cold snap at the end of April. Snow again on the hills, not quite to sea level though: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-4-17.jpg

The (soon to be) reconstituted dry dock at Kishorn, which, having built oil rigs in the 70's, will now build big bits for windfarms: http://stevecarter.com/random/kishorndrydock.jpg

A Pine Marten looking through our window earlier this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/morecheeseplease.jpg

Shadows on the sea: http://stevecarter.com/random/shadowsonthesea.jpg

Where's everybody gone?: http://stevecarter.com/random/BillyNoMates.jpg

Stirling Sphagnum: http://stevecarter.com/random/mossy17.jpg

We had porpoise in the loch yesterday morning, followed by a line of gulls tracing exactly the same route. Something fishy going on I guess: http://stevecarter.com/random/porpoisegulls.jpg

The old byre at Kinloch: http://stevecarter.com/random/tinroof17.jpg

Looking over Shieldaig Village towards Upper Loch Torridon yesterday evening: http://stevecarter.com/random/EasterAboveSH17.jpg

Shieldaig Island always looks best when, like today, we've borrowed the clouds from 'The Simpsons': http://stevecarter.com/random/islandeaster17.jpg

Gorse and snow. It's gotta' be Easter: http://stevecarter.com/random/EasterMonday17.jpg

Easter Sunday weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/easter17.jpg

On a poor weather day you can still get a few seconds of magic: http://stevecarter.com/random/lateevening17.jpg

Nice setting for a round of golf (Skye) : http://stevecarter.com/random/golfround.jpg

A room with a view: http://stevecarter.com/random/ourview.jpg

Found this old photo of Charlie... looking astonished to see that food moved. http://stevecarter.com/random/charliedinner.jpg

There are some more Ted photos up: http://www.stevecarter.com/Transported/transported.htm

Well it's not King's Cross. But it leads there: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/StrathStation17.jpg

One of the few remaining bits of Strome Castle. I'm sure it was a 'des res' in the 13th century (clan wars aside). The view almost identical: http://stevecarter.com/random/Strome17.jpg

Low tide by Fasaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/FasaigApril17.jpg

A 'Parcel' of Oystercatchers. http://stevecarter.com/random/4oc.jpg

The first Siskins arrived today: http://stevecarter.com/random/8-4-17.jpg

Coming soon... Torridon RIB Charter, offering skippered charter: http://stevecarter.com/random/RIB2.jpg (watch this space for details)

I'm not sayin' nuffin: http://stevecarter.com/random/nothanks17.jpg

Our neighbour has built a circular boardwalk through his land: http://stevecarter.com/random/BoardwalkGM.jpg - from above: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheBoardwalk.jpg

If you have 30 seconds to spare, listen to the noises from the forest at Allt an Dubh this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/birds17.mp3

In case you fancy a dram in the Torridon Inn: http://stevecarter.com/random/17malts.jpg - which is all set for the scrum down: http://stevecarter.com/random/ready17.jpg

Just as well they're friendly! http://stevecarter.com/random/bighead.jpg

The gorse is now properly out: http://stevecarter.com/random/17gorse.jpg

This morning's sunrise over Ben Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/3-4-17.jpg

A bath with a view: http://stevecarter.com/random/BigBath.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/2-4-17.jpg

Sometimes I think this view looks like it should have been taken in Japan, not Scotland: http://stevecarter.com/random/japan.jpg

Surprisingly mauve here last night: http://stevecarter.com/random/WentPink.jpg

Pine Martens are understandably very nervous when they are on the ground (but still keep an eye out in case of cheese) : http://stevecarter.com/random/peeper.jpg

The Bothy must win the prize for having the best view from an outside loo: http://stevecarter.com/random/bothymarch17.jpg

Shieldaig from above. Youtube video: https://youtu.be/VCbHziHvpRs

The mornings have been very, very still here of late: http://stevecarter.com/random/TH-March-2017.jpg

We had the haar roll in today. Shieldaig Village vanished for half an hour. This pic, just before that: http://stevecarter.com/random/haar17.jpg

Flying over the loch yesterday (film coming soon): http://stevecarter.com/random/26-3-2017.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-3-17.jpg

Taking a trip down Shieldaig's Main Street in yesterday's rush hour (Youtube video): https://youtu.be/cDbbKAgbNCw

Torridon Sea Tours returning today. Catch 'em quick, as it's their last year of operation: http://stevecarter.com/random/TSTreturns17.jpg

Lovely weather here today. Looking down Loch Shieldaig towards the island and village: http://stevecarter.com/random/sh25-4-17.jpg

The old fish trap at the head of Loch Torridon as seen from above: http://stevecarter.com/random/fishtrap1.jpg

Looking towards the Torridon hills yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/23-04-17.jpg

If you look closely, you'll see the Inverness/Kyle railway line on the far side of Loch a Chuihinn: http://stevecarter.com/random/KOLline.jpg

Clyde looking Bonnie: http://stevecarter.com/random/clyde17.jpg

Glen Docherty about an hour ago. Still no traffic to be seen. It'll change soon. http://stevecarter.com/random/gd22-4-17.jpg

The Shieldaig Fete & Regatta will be on Saturday August 12th this year (a change). Some pics from previous years: >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1HUCBeuXM&t=9s

You can see exactly why Shieldaig Village was built where it was: http://stevecarter.com/random/March17Pan.jpg

One of the many hailstorms we are having at present. This one passing by Alligin - they look pretty a couple of miles off. Not so when you're under them! http://stevecarter.com/random/sleet17.jpg

The sea is usually either bright sky blue or dull sky grey here. Unless it's a daft where the hell did that come from green: http://stevecarter.com/random/exceptgreen.jpg

A seal fishing in the shallows of Loch Shieldaig yesterday (youtube video): https://youtu.be/yZx1Z56jcak

I've just rebuilt and added to my photo gallery. Difficult to choose, so I've just gone for my favourites : http://www.stevecarter.com/gallery1/MyFaves.htm

I helped the Torridon Mountain Rescue team with the V/O and music for this video. Give 'em a quid! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSIQGXvZNlc

Late afternoon walk yesterday. FYI on the left here was where they filmed scenes for the King Arthur film, out in May: http://stevecarter.com/random/LateAfternoon417.jpg

Deep in the forest, where it's normally still and quiet - it's all bloody go, and noisy as hell: http://stevecarter.com/random/waterrush1.jpg

The 2017 Shieldaig booklet is now available in local outlets (If you're not sick of my photography!): http://stevecarter.com/random/booklet17.jpg

The weather we have here at the moment, the Irish call 'soft'. Rather appropriate I thought. http://stevecarter.com/random/marchmis.jpg

The Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/TorridonHotelMarch17.jpg

100% crop for camera geeks: http://stevecarter.com/random/TorridonHotelMarch17crop.jpg (Sony A7R mkll)

Very low tides over the weekend (full moon) reveal why yachts should navigate the far side of Shieldaig Island! http://stevecarter.com/random/si4-17.jpg

Lots of pine saplings ready to fill the space: http://stevecarter.com/random/takesitsplace.jpg

New camera - 42mp sensor - small crop to show detail. Yikes. http://stevecarter.com/random/42crop.jpg

Beinn Alligin is looking a bit actively volcanic today: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-4-2017.jpg

The tidal seabed of the estuary at Tornapress (high tide): http://stevecarter.com/random/lookdownandsee.jpg (spot the ducks).

Being first out and on the road up here does present some issues: http://stevecarter.com/random/Oneissue.jpg

What a difference a day makes: http://stevecarter.com/random/9-4-17.jpg

...and relax... http://stevecarter.com/random/LSEveningLight.jpg

It's chucking everything at us today. Hail, thunder, sleet, snow, sideways rain & gales. Someone must have mentioned spring. http://stevecarter.com/random/chucking.jpg

My better half has collected over £7k for the RSPB from the sale of badges (sold locally). If you're ever here... buy one! http://stevecarter.com/random/badges.jpg

Some pretty moon refraction last night: http://stevecarter.com/random/moonhaze.jpg

This little fella' has found a spot where he can sit each morning, watching us through our windows. (Food may have something to do with it): http://stevecarter.com/random/ReservedSeat.jpg

The Thrail House holiday let from above: http://stevecarter.com/random/ThrailHouse17.jpg

The A896 passing through Torridon. Photo taken about an hour ago: http://stevecarter.com/random/fasaig5-3-17.jpg

We have a receding snowline: http://stevecarter.com/random/March17hills.jpg

Neal doing his thing (sight reading) last week. I wrote this specifically knowing he'd play it. As always, he didn't disappoint: https://youtu.be/utlKcrKRcW0

Nigel's holiday rentals are almost ready to go. Thought he might like a bird's eye view, so: http://stevecarter.com/random/Nige171.jpg

Land Rover finally offered a decent colour so I bought one in said shade. And no, that's not the full number plate, I just didn't want it cloned. http://stevecarter.com/random/r600-2.jpg

Sgurr Dubh (Black/dark peak) not looking very dubh at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/sgurrdubh3-17.jpg

A few from yesterday's latest for Warner Bros. (Not a mountain in sight). http://stevecarter.com/random/rak.htm

The view from the top of Glen Docherty is well known, but there is another, rarely mentioned looking SW. Yesterday morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/journey2.jpg

Liathach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/LiaLateFeb.jpg

Jackson is obviously keen to try Quidditch: http://stevecarter.com/random/JacksonBroom.jpg

I'm afraid winter isn't over yet girls: http://stevecarter.com/random/morewinter.jpg

10 years ago, I photoed all the Shieldaig residents (historical record/character capture). Some have passed, others left. Some faves from the book: http://www.stevecarter.com/people/locals.htm

Two of yesterday's many rainbows: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-2-17.jpg

You can probably guess how cold this water was (when I mistakenly put my foot in it): http://stevecarter.com/random/RBcold.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/24-2-17.jpg

Some of the locals getting stuck in: http://stevecarter.com/random/Grub-up.jpg

I think it's safe to assume that Merlin was pleased to see us (forgive rubbish photo): http://stevecarter.com/random/merlin.jpg


The 'back' of Ben Shieldaig yesterday morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/BSFeb17.jpg

Moody Skye: http://stevecarter.com/random/moodyskye.jpg

That's some crazy lichen! http://stevecarter.com/random/lichen17.jpg

Beinn Eighe: http://stevecarter.com/random/BEClose.jpg

The Balgy Gap yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/BalgyFeb17.jpg

The (very) old church/court/meeting place (probably all three) at Am Ploc, Fasaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/oldmeets.jpg

There's life in the old dog yet: http://stevecarter.com/random/jval.jpg

Driving beside the Five Sisters of Kintail yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/5sistersdrive.jpg

Glen Coe this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/glencoe17.jpg

Snow moon: http://stevecarter.com/random/snowmoon.jpg

We've had a stunning week of no weather: http://stevecarter.com/randm/hillsfeb17.jpg

We Brits are really good at orderly queues aren't we. Almost like sheep: http://stevecarter.com/random/sheeplines.jpg

The southern end of Loch Shieldaig yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/kinlochfeb17.jpg

Today's snowline +/- 600m: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/touchofsnow.jpg

Limited edition go faster stripes - sheep style: http://stevecarter.com/random/gofasterstripes.jpg

NC500 have just bought a bunch of my photos, including this one - an interesting perspective of Shieldaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/ncbuy.jpg

Torridon sunrise: http://stevecarter.com/random/torridonsunrise.jpg

Fishing boat leaves Shieldaig... http://stevecarter.com/random/Feb17Shiel.jpg

I think our pontoon has had a bit of a moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/ooopspont.jpg

This wee fishing boat has turned up (bouncing about) in the Loch. I wouldn't fancy the open sea in that! http://stevecarter.com/random/weeboat1.jpg

Just after five, at low tide yesterday, looking N.W. over Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/2-2-17.jpg

It's still too early in the year for evenings, but at least we now have late afternoons: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-2-17.jpg

The drag to Shieldaig's School: http://stevecarter.com/random/onewayof.jpg

Lovely light here yesterday - the sort you never get in summer: http://stevecarter.com/random/EndJan17.jpg

The Sky over Couldoran this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/30-1-17.jpg

The extremely old, extremely large water turbine has been bought back to life by the Torridon Estate. It's a monster: http://stevecarter.com/random/turbine.jpg

A secret bridge: http://stevecarter.com/random/metalbridge.jpg

Loch Dughail, Ben Shieldaig, Loch Shieldaig and The Minch: http://stevecarter.com/random/DughaailJan17.jpg

Nice photo Clarkson! http://stevecarter.com/random/clarkson1.jpg

Fly to Skye: http://stevecarter.com/random/flytoskye.jpg

Colours in the Sky: http://stevecarter.com/random/skycolours.jpg

Walking through the Torridon Estate earlier this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/Lcot3.jpg

Grub up: http://stevecarter.com/random/grubup17.jpg

Part of the Bealach na Ba. There wasn't much choice in where to site the road! http://stevecarter.com/random/roadthrough.jpg

It's a good hair day: http://stevecarter.com/random/goodhairday.jpg

Ooops: http://stevecarter.com/random/ooopscaravan.jpg - Loads more silliness here: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/random.htm

The Torridon Hills yesterday morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/21-1-17.jpg

Up high looking straight ahead, it is as you would think: http://stevecarter.com/random/20-1-17.jpg - looking straight down however... http://stevecarter.com/random/sgeir.jpg

Creel pots on the jetty: http://stevecarter.com/random/jettystuff.jpg

The Shieldaig campsite is empty. Well, almost. http://stevecarter.com/random/statesheep.jpg

Waiting room on the Kyle Line (or perhaps the NW Highlands version of Dignitas?) http://stevecarter.com/random/waitingrooms.jpg

Liathach & Fasaig on Saturday (trying out new 19mm lens): http://stevecarter.com/random/14-1-17.jpg

If you're driving through Shieldaig, remember that oncoming dogs have priority: http://stevecarter.com/random/oncomingdogs.jpg (taken through car windscreen).

Dark: http://stevecarter.com/random/verydark17.jpg

The 'other end' of Ben Shieldaig (the bit without the trees): http://stevecarter.com/random/otherend.jpg

I think we can safely call this midwinter: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/midwinter17.jpg (lights on at 10.30 a.m.)

Shieldaig is fast asleep. Alarm set for late March: http://stevecarter.com/random/sleepy17.jpg - http://stevecarter.com/random/sleepy17a.jpg

Liathach yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/yesterdayafternoon.jpg

Here we gale again: http://stevecarter.com/random/ablow.jpg

Spot the unimpressed sheep: http://stevecarter.com/random/unimpressedsheep.jpg

It keeps feeling like it's inside, out: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/indoorjan.jpg

Incoming! http://stevecarter.com/random/TheGull.jpg

Doogie dog has wandered around the village for her entire life, but I've never worked out how she circumvents the cattle grid. Until now: http://stevecarter.com/random/Gughailgate.jpg

January's weather best described as 'uneventful': http://stevecarter.com/random/Jan17Shieldaig.jpg though tilting the camera reveals hidden colour http://stevecarter.com/random/abovecolour.jpg

Silhouettes: http://stevecarter.com/random/SilTrees.jpg

If they don't get stuck on one side of this corner... http://stevecarter.com/random/lorry1.jpg they get stuck on the other: http://stevecarter.com/random/lorry1a.jpg

Looks like it's had a hard life: http://stevecarter.com/random/moonss.jpg

The tree with the best view in Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/treeview.jpg

Sheep don't seem to be able to decide quite what they think of Labradors: http://stevecarter.com/random/decide.jpg

For any weather nerds out there, here are the Shieldaig stats from 2016: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/nurd.htm

Here are a few faves from last year: http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/latesttorridon16.htm