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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2018 (latest at top)

Nice highlights: http://stevecarter.com/random/nicehighlights.jpg

Another of the short piano pieces written for WCPM and recorded earlier this month at Angel Studios. Sight read by Al Gavin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATgDPD1TwUs

I was tempted to post this upside down, but it messes with your head too much: http://stevecarter.com/random/BAMarch181.jpg

I tried (and failed) to buy this house when it was derelict/unloved. What a spot! http://stevecarter.com/random/triedhard.jpg (FYI... back then: http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/dec7.jpg )

It really does feel like the first day of spring here today: http://stevecarter.com/random/spring20182.jpg

An unusual view of the track to the Torridon deer park: http://stevecarter.com/random/tracktodeerpark.jpg

Frozen waterfalls by Meall Gorm this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/19-3-18.jpg

Upper Loch Torridon about 10 minutes ago (Sun 16:00) http://stevecarter.com/random/ULT181.jpg

Looking across the Inner Sound to Raasay, with the Cuillins behind: http://stevecarter.com/random/cuillins181.jpg


Looking across to Skye this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/Skye17-3-18.jpg

Shieldaig Island: http://stevecarter.com/random/theisland181.jpg

There is now a Sea Eagle 'information plinth' (with photos!) at the north end of Shieldaig - the best position from which to see them: http://stevecarter.com/random/seplinth.jpg

It's still too early for any green in the Highlands, but it's a very golden March: http://stevecarter.com/random/qcm.jpg

Happy Bert-day. One year old today: http://stevecarter.com/bertie/12months.jpg - Don't be daft, of course he has his own web page: http://stevecarter.com/bertie/Bertie.htm

Some shamelessly saccharin 'Christmas' music written for Warner Bros. - with some footage from Angel studio 3. https://youtu.be/ffdXrpOvop8

The Shieldaig peninsula yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/12-03-18.jpg

Whilst going over to say hello to some seals, one of them looks into the lens and waves. Yes, it's probably sod off with your drone, not hello, but still... https://youtu.be/AG3EMofFORg

Never known as the River Shieldaig - marked on maps as Abhainn Ceann Locha (River at the head of the Loch) it's mostly hidden from view by forest: http://stevecarter.com/random/rivertosea.jpg

The road west: http://stevecarter.com/random/longroad.jpg

Amazing to look at, but astonishing when you read how old these rocks are: http://stevecarter.com/random/therock.jpg

If you have 94 seconds to spare, have a listen to some (unmastered) snippets from this weeks recording session: http://stevecarter.com/random/TimeSampler.mp3

Happy to be back in the Highlands. It's not just home, but the quiet, the air, the colours and the SPACE! http://stevecarter.com/random/space.jpg

Recorded in Angel Studio 3 on Monday. Al Gavin performs, Paul Golding engineers. https://youtu.be/DVm-sECpppU

Just about done, and back home to some peace and quiet! http://stevecarter.com/random/a3-181.jpg - http://www.stevecarter.com/random/a3-186.jpg

I'm offline for a couple >>> http://www.stevecarter.com/random/testcard2.jpg

Frozen waterfall, by Upper Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/Froz18.jpg

Glen Torridon is fab at the moment, not just because it's pretty, but because it's empty: http://stevecarter.com/random/GTMar18.jpg

Siberian weather hasn't caused chaos on the north west coast, but it ain't half parky: http://stevecarter.com/random/stalag.jpg

Frozen Loch Droma at sunrise: http://stevecarter.com/random/pastelsunrise18.jpg

Daybreak reflected by the croft at Loch an Loin this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/LaLCroft.jpg

It's all go in Ullapool: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-2-189a.jpg

The dam on Loch Glascarnoch. (I know what you're whistling!) http://stevecarter.com/random/res181.jpg

'The Beast from the East' does at least bring some very clear air: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-2-18moon.jpg

The A894 by Kylestrome, Sutherland yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/ky181.jpg

Balgy Lodge (holiday let): http://stevecarter.com/random/balgylodge18.jpg - and if I turn round, this is their not too shabby view: http://stevecarter.com/random/24-2-18.jpg

A panoramic photo of Upper Loch Torridon. Beinn Alligin, Beinn Dearg and Liathach shown in the centre: http://stevecarter.com/random/qazaq.jpg

When you are trying to watch the Olympics on TV, and the dog comes and sits directly in front of you on your footstool and stares into your eyes..... you know it's time for his food.

There are two ways to get to my house. This is one of them. (Photo - screen grab from tonight's weather).... FYI - I'm using the other route. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/bnb18.jpg

Shieldaig Village, Loch and Island from the top of Ben Shieldaig yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/viewfromthetop.jpg

It's still here (in both senses) http://www.stevecarter.com/random/20-2-18.jpg

It's looking very 'Scottish Highlands' here at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/VeryHighland18.jpg

Some of the action from Loch Chroisg yesterday morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/4sheep18.jpg

Glen Docherty about an hour ago: http://stevecarter.com/random/19-2-18.jpg

The snow has retreated to about 1500 feet. Another cold snap due next week though. http://stevecarter.com/random/1500ft1.jpg

Bertie making the most of the last of the snow: https://youtu.be/IniQyHxDjOI

Bonnie and Clyde - (no, really) http://stevecarter.com/random/bandc1.jpg

The river A' ghairbhe as it approaches Loch Clair: http://stevecarter.com/random/ghairbhe.jpg

The road by Loch an Loin: http://stevecarter.com/random/coultrieroad.jpg

It's no wonder I moved up here. I just got my DNA analysis: 55.2% Scottish/Irish - 30.7% Scandinavian - 11.1% English - 1.8% Greek - 1.2% Nigerian

Took this the other day and thought of 'Kind of Blue' : http://stevecarter.com/random/seasea.jpg

There's thousands of midges somewhere in this photo. Every time it snows I wonder if they'll die, but they always survive: http://stevecarter.com/random/heathersnow.jpg

Glen Shieldaig and the A896 from above: http://stevecarter.com/random/GSabovefeb18.jpg

Bertie is 11 months old today: http://stevecarter.com/bertie/11months.jpg

A couple of panoramics: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/snowpan18.jpg - http://www.stevecarter.com/random/snowpan181.jpg

Main Street, Shieldaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/feb-18.jpg

It looks like Norway here today: http://stevecarter.com/random/loosliken.jpg

Coming in to land yesterday. Final approach a bit tricky! http://stevecarter.com/random/housefeb18.jpg

Shieldaig village 09:03 this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-2-2018.jpg

Shieldaig Village 07:11 this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/711.jpg

Ice circles: http://stevecarter.com/random/icecircles.jpg

Lots of ABS action on the way to Inverness yesterday. Still, it was very pretty: http://stevecarter.com/random/9-2-18.jpg


Liathach reflected: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-2-182.jpg

Torridon House: http://stevecarter.com/random/ThouseFeb181.jpg

The view from Lochside Cottage (Holiday Let) at low tide: http://stevecarter.com/random/TEFeb181.jpg

They call this 'The viewing point'. I can't imagine why: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-2-183.jpg

Our house is named Sgeir Dhubh (black skerry) after the rock nearby. From most angles it does look black, but from above... http://stevecarter.com/random/sgeirdhubh.jpg

Loch Clair and Sgurr Dubh this morning: http://Stevecarter.com/random/4-2-184.jpg - and Loch Clair, Liathach and Beinn Eighe: http://Stevecarter.com/random/4-2-181.jpg

One of the 31,460 lochs in Scotland. This one (like many) with no name: http://stevecarter.com/random/LochanFeb181.jpg

Seriously low tide yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/lowfeb18.jpg

This cat gets into the owners car when she goes shopping, wanders around for a bit outside the shop, then gets back into the car to return home. Odd. http://stevecarter.com/random/cat.jpg

Looking east over Upper Loch Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/LiaFeb182.jpg

Torridon looking rather lovely today: http://stevecarter.com/random/liafeb181.jpg

The road to the Applecross Inn: http://stevecarter.com/random/highlandroad.jpg

I saw the snow heading in yesterday from about 15 miles off - this was just before it arrived: http://stevecarter.com/random/31-1-18.jpg

He's getting to be a scruffy bugger (like his owner) : http://stevecarter.com/bertie/scruffy.jpg

I like a silhouette, me. http://stevecarter.com/random/5trees18.jpg


Just before sunrise, Loch Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/atree181.jpg

At the top of the Bealach yesterday (completely empty and particularly lovely): Here, Here & Here

Why pick up a frizbee when you can pounce and kill it first? http://stevecarter.com/bertie/pounce.jpg

This is where the Celtman Extreme Triathlon competitors begin the home stretch... just the small matter of that pesky 3000 ft hill to run up - and down: http://stevecarter.com/random/celtman181.jpg

The Kyle of Lochalsh line passing Lochluichart. Photo taken on Tuesday: http://stevecarter.com/random/kyleline18.jpg

All you need to know about this morning's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/windgusts.jpg

I've taken several photos of this place near Gorstan over the past 20 years. - this, yesterday. 'In need of modernisation' springs to mind: http://stevecarter.com/random/stillneedswork.jpg

Automatic lawn mower: http://stevecarter.com/random/redroof181.jpg

The thaw begins: http://stevecarter.com/random/thethaw18.jpg

Roots amongst the rocks: http://stevecarter.com/random/rootsrocks.jpg

Liathach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/20-1-18.jpg

This is where I live: http://stevecarter.com/random/thisiswhereilive.jpg

Snow shower over Shieldaig earlier: http://stevecarter.com/random/snowfallingos.jpg

Frozen Loch Dughaill: http://stevecarter.com/random/Froz118.jpg

A couple from yesterday flying over Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/18-1-18.jpg - http://stevecarter.com/random/18-1-2018.jpg

The view from the Torridon Hotel yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/LTHsnow18.jpg

Glen Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/17-1-18.jpg

Shieldaig Island between snow showers: http://stevecarter.com/random/SIslandsnow.jpg

Funny how sheep look white until it snows: http://stevecarter.com/random/NotWhite1.jpg

I finally got round to putting this on Youtube: https://youtu.be/idSuotx4HsY

Some wacky cloud over Loch Kishorn: http://stevecarter.com/random/somewackycloud.jpg

Looking across to the Torridon Estate with Beinn Alligin behind: http://stevecarter.com/random/TE182.jpg

Bertie is 10 months old today: http://stevecarter.com/bertie/10months.jpg

It's behind you: http://stevecarter.com/random/itsbehindyou.jpg

Looking towards the hills of Killilan, Kintail and Glen Affric: http://stevecarter.com/random/KKGA.jpg


The River Balgy, 08:30 this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/BD0830.jpg

The frosty landscape at Tornapress yestrday: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-1-2018.jpg

Yet more miserable Scottish weather today: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-1-18.jpg

Morning sky over Maol Chean-Dearg: http://stevecarter.com/random/bitofsky.jpg

Some lovely January light here today: http://stevecarter.com/random/JanLight.jpg

The cliff known as Meall Gorm: http://stevecarter.com/random/meallgorm.jpg

An unusual view of both Loch Damph and Beinn Damh : http://www.stevecarter.com/random/LochDamph181.jpg

Remember Bertie's rope? (Since destroyed). He's managed to bring back the ghost of Charlie!... Spooky! here and here (not doctored!)

The river, the road and some of the the sheep of Glen Shieldaig yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/GSR7-1-18.jpg

Bertie found a rope washed up on the beach. Predictable results. https://youtu.be/NktBOBy1XbM

For the millions of you out there with an interest in Danish cargo ships built in 1984 - fill ya' boots: http://stevecarter.com/random/vestland2.jpg

One for the Geologists: http://stevecarter.com/random/rocks181.jpg

The cargo ship VESTLAND just turned up in the loch. It must be delivering a shed load of vests! http://stevecarter.com/random/vestland.jpg

January in the NW Highlands has been very peaceful so far this year (for a change) http://stevecarter.com/random/2trees18.jpg

Two derelict crofts with the hills of Trotternish (North Skye) in the background: http://stevecarter.com/random/shame18.jpg

The croft at Ardheslaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/croft18.jpg

Do you think they know something we don't? http://stevecarter.com/random/sheepsign.jpg

New Years day swim for Bertie: http://stevecarter.com/bertie/bertie20182.jpg

Inverbain Island, Loch Torridon and the Torridon Hills this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-1-18.jpg

For those remotely interested: Temps from 2017 at Allt an Dubh. 11 metres from the sea. Coldest -1.8C on 11th Feb. Warmest 27.8C on 26th May. http://stevecarter.com/random/temps17.jpg

Happy New Year. My fave Highland photos from 2017 here: http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/latesttorridon17.htm