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).

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Spotted on the way back from Inverness this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/knowhow.jpg

My pic edited by Mark (rather well I thought): http://stevecarter.com/random/mark.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/30-12-13.jpg

I'm training up some killer buzzards - ready for summer. http://stevecarter.com/random/pp.jpg

The Cuillins on Skye from Achintraid on the mainland. Believe it or not they are just over 15 miles distant: http://stevecarter.com/random/15miles.jpg

08:45 and it's still dark. Bring on spring: http://stevecarter.com/random/08.45.jpg

Is it just me or does this look like an arrival from outer space rather than the LHR - LAX flight that it was? http://stevecarter.com/random/spacecraft.jpg (I have a 'what/where plane app'... I'm sad like that)

Here's a video of something I composed for the last Warner Bros. project - being recorded at Angel Studio 1. Filmed from the control room. Al Gavin conducts: http://stevecarter.com/random/hb5.mov

The house in the forest: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheHouseInTheForest.jpg

Charlie looking very pleased with himself having shredded all the Christmas wrapping paper (as he does every year): http://stevecarter.com/random/destroyer.jpg

A message from Jackson: http://stevecarter.com/random/jmx.jpg

The only reason I'm showing you this photo is that the snow was going UP: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/upways.jpg

It's getting silly here now. Gusts of 80 mph+ I had to brace myself against the car to get this. Standing unaided not possible: http://stevecarter.com/random/24-12-13.jpg

It's snowing here, but it's not falling, it's just going horizontally out to sea: http://stevecarter.com/random/sunnyshieldaig.jpg

Hail storm over Liathach: http://stevecarter.com/random/hillhail.jpg

I'm sharing this rubbish photo only because you can clearly see the approaching hail storm. Ouch - no, actually... OUCH. Charlie dog NOT amused! http://stevecarter.com/random/hailsky.jpg

Peanut butter and carrot biscuit Christmas presents for the village pet population (my better half's work - not mine) : http://stevecarter.com/random/pets.jpg

Obscenely early. Gloriously empty. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/earlytesco.jpg

Six hours and thirty five minutes. Ug. http://stevecarter.com/random/21-12-13.jpg

There's nuts, and there's nuts! http://stevecarter.com/random/nuts.jpg  Stuart Macleod doing the Celtman Triathlon today -12+ hours - 5 of which in the dark - in a gale - for fun!

It's the Winter Solstice tomorrow, so I've finished my 'Four Seasons of 2013' project: http://SteveCarter.com/random/2013.htm (It might take a minute or so for each season to load - sorry!)

Warner Bros. want another CD from me, so I'll be recording in Angel, Islington, in March/April 2014 - I love that studio: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Other-Peoples-Lives.mov (10mb mov file)

After the storm, Jackson makes himself useful by collecting fallen branches (for the fire). Scrambled egg reward!: http://stevecarter.com/random/kindling.jpg

This is the storm that's about to hit us (as of 19:53 hrs) http://stevecarter.com/random/stormhere.jpg

Dark Island: http://stevecarter.com/random/Dark-Island.jpg

Nag, nag, nag: http://stevecarter.com/random/nagnag.jpg (Apologies for the anthropomorphism - couldn't resist).

This is the outflow from Loch Clair in Glen Torridon. It takes the very long northerly route to the sea, via Loch Maree & Loch Ewe: http://stevecarter.com/random/Outflow.jpg

In case you're interested... What it's like driving coast to coast on a dark Sunday morning across the Highlands (to Tesco!) http://stevecarter.com/random/DarkTesco.jpg I saw the first car after 47 miles.

The White Horse, Torridon. Lovely though he is, it's a shame he's not a pub. http://stevecarter.com/random/WhiteHorse.jpg

Pine Martens are much happier when they are up in the trees - when they do venture down they look more than a little nervous: http://stevecarter.com/random/pmwoods.jpg http://stevecarter.com/random/910.jpg  (I know, I need to get out more).

Summer panoramic photos of the Torridon hills 2006: http://stevecarter.com/random/panhills.jpg   and the West Highlands 2002 (from the Bealach na Ba): http://stevecarter.com/random/panhills2.jpg

This is what happens to a Bearded Collie's face in a gale: http://stevecarter.com/random/galeface.jpg

One thing about living here, I don't have to worry about Christmas trees... there's about 100 in the garden: http://stevecarter.com/random/xmastree.jpg (nice sunrise today BTW)

Local artist Lisa has a new A2 print for sale. Rather good methinks: http:// stevecarter.com/random/lisasdeer.jpg more on her FB site: here

The burn at Allt an Dubh (my water supply!): http://stevecarter.com/random/movement.jpg

The croft at Fasaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheGate.jpg

Frozen peat bog in Glen Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/Frozen-Marsh.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/6-12-13.jpg

The stepping stones over the river in Glen Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/SteppingStones.jpg

Anyone want any seaweed? http://stevecarter.com/random/surge1.jpg

Power now restored up here. Some of the carnage caused by last night's storm: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Surge.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Surges.jpg

You can tell the seasons are changing, the Shieldaig chimneys are firing up: http://stevecarter.com/random/chims.jpg

Thursday morning looks like it might be interesting: http://stevecarter.com/random/thur5th.jpg

The weather is so rubbish out there today that my camera could only manage black and white: http://stevecarter.com/random/RubbishWeather.jpg

Royal Mail vans keep dying here (no surprise, they are rubbish - entirely unsuited to the job in hand). So hire cars are used. Not that thrifty a move methinks: http://stevecarter.com/random/thrifty.jpg

A very still Loch Inver. Taken a while back, but never got round to posting it: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/StillSea.jpg

Only of interest to those who know Shieldaig Village, but Nanny's rebuild has started: http://stevecarter.com/random/rebuild1.jpg

"Out of the car Charlie" - "I'd prefer to stay in the car, thanks all the same" - Happens every day: http://stevecarter.com/random/NoThanks.jpg

If anyone in here wants a pdf of the new book, it's here: http://stevecarter.com/random/NorthWestFrontiers.pdf - 33mb. On an iPad you can choose to 'open in iBook' - Please don't print it!

Here's a slideshow I just put together of about 200 photos - nearly all from around these parts (It'll take a while to load): http://www.stevecarter.com/slides/slides.htm

I'm working on another book. Unfortunately, too expensive to sell. (It's big). http://stevecarter.com/random/NWF.jpg - May well make it an e Book... watch this space.

The tree at Contin: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheTreeAtContin.jpg

I've made a book to sell in the Torridon Stores. It'll make me sod all money, but should be of help to some: http://stevecarter.com/random/BookCover1.jpg

Low tide yesterday, looking towards Beinn Alligin from Annat: http://stevecarter.com/random/LateNov.jpg

Wacky light out there at the moment: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/WackyLight.jpg

Now THAT'S what I call a car park: http://stevecarter.com/random/S4Car.jpg

Blue, white & brown: http://stevecarter.com/random/BlueWhiteBrown.jpg

I took this just before dark (It was a lot darker than it looks in the photo). I hope walkers are off the hill - brave or stupid to be up there! http://stevecarter.com/random/brave.jpg

A lone stag stands at the foot of Beinn Damph at sunrise: http://stevecarter.com/random/StagDamph.jpg

Forgive the rubbish photo (distant subject matter!), but shows three Sea Eagles in Glen Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/3Tails.jpg

The Torridon 'micro climate' has currently got lots of 'nano climates' Bright sunshine, hail, & gale force winds: http://stevecarter.com/random/LightDark.jpg

...and this one looking over the 'Bay of Deception': http://stevecarter.com/random/TreesAndHills.jpg

Looking over Loch Torridon this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19-Nov-13.jpg

Loch Shieldaig at very first light today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19-11-13.jpg

Shieldaig Village just now. Feels like snow is on the way: http://SteveCarter.com/random/18-11-13.jpg

Charlie goes out at about 6 a.m. every morning. It doesn't seem to bother him that for 4 months of the year it's pitch black: http://stevecarter.com/random/BeardieMadness.jpg

Storm approaching the Sound of Taransay:  http://stevecarter.com/random/stormapproach.jpg

Tall trees at Rogie Falls this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/16-11-13.jpg

I think I may have discovered dark light: http://stevecarter.com/random/DarkLights.jpg

Who'd be a mouse! http://stevecarter.com/random/buzzard.jpg

Sat Nav: http://stevecarter.com/random/satnav.jpg

Torridon 2013: http://stevecarter.com/random/torridon2013.jpg

On about 10 a day at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/BitOfBow.jpg

The first rays of sunlight on Shieldaig Village: http://stevecarter.com/random/FirstSun.jpg

And now for something completely different. 17 seconds of music from a band I played with for 5 years in the 80s : http://stevecarter.com/random/17secs.mp3

Shieldaig's latest arrival - Haggis: http://stevecarter.com/random/Haggis.jpg

First sunlight on the Torridon Hills this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/10-11-2013.jpg

Loch Shieldaig, the forest on Ben Shieldaig and snow capped Beinn Alligin yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/november.jpg

The tourists have gone and Shieldaig village is quiet: http://stevecarter.com/random/EmptyStreet.jpg You wouldn't think there was an 'A' road in there would you!

A896 closed south of Shieldaig due to RTC. Air ambulance took 15 mins to find somewhere flat enough to land. :0( http://www.stevecarter.com/random/parkwhere.jpg

Hailstorm over the Bealach this morning: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/hailstorm.jpg

Charlie wearing his naughty face: http://stevecarter.com/random/CharlieNov13.jpg

Snow above 2000 ft on Beinn Eighe at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/BeinnEighe.jpg

I shouldn't like this photo, but I do. http://stevecarter.com/random/OutTheCamera.jpg

The Sea Eagles are back on Shieldaig Island. First time I've seen them in about 8 months. Old pic... (same bird): http://stevecarter.com/random/sea-eagle2.jpg

Glen Torridon was looking very golden earlier this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/GoldenGlen.jpg

Despite the gales, many leaves remain on the trees, making the drive down Glen Shieldaig a real Autumn treat: http://stevecarter.com/random/Yellow-Trees.jpg

Looking across Loch Dughaill this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/DughaillAutumn2013.jpg

Antonio Forcione (& me) exactly 20 years ago. I've yet to hear another Spanish Guitarist with such a delicious touch: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Para-Ti.mp3

A bar somewhere in the wild west: http://stevecarter.com/random/wildwildwest.jpg

This is my neighbour Bruce in his shed: http://stevecarter.com/random/brucie1.jpg Making these: http://stevecarter.com/random/brucie2.jpg

I just found this photo of Charlie rolling on a beach (very early morning) on the Isle of Harris earlier this year. Happy daze: http://stevecarter.com/random/EveningRoll.jpg

There was a touch too much 'Armageddon' in yesterday evening's sky: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-11-2013.jpg

It's been a tad wet here recently: http://stevecarter.com/random/LoadsOfRain.jpg

Today has been all about rainbows. http://stevecarter.com/random/31-10-13.jpg

40 sheep (no, really): http://stevecarter.com/random/40sheep.jpg

My garden is full of foreigners. Migrating Blackbirds from the continent I'm told - or Ring Ouzel - asylum seekers avoiding the storms I guess: http://stevecarter.com/random/birdie.jpg

07:30 sky this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/30-10-2013.jpg

Shieldaig Village spotlit amongst today's heavy showers: http://stevecarter.com/random/29-10-13.jpg

We missed the gales up here, but copped a whole heap of rain: http://SteveCarter.com/random/NoGales.jpg

A carpet of Autumn colour in the forest: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/ThroughTheTrees.jpg

Just before sunrise over Loch Carron this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-10-13.jpg

The metal bridge over 'Allt Coire Roill' yesterday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheBridge.jpg

The Deer Park (& Museum) at Fasaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/25-10-13.jpg

I thought I'd nip out and get a photo before the gales blow all the colour away - the road to Shieldaig yesterday evening: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheRoadToShieldaig.jpg

My neighbour's new house is almost complete: http://stevecarter.com/random/GM2.jpg

The cottage on the banks of Loch Clair: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheCottage.jpg

My 'Crime & Punishment' album is released this week... A short clip: http://stevecarter.com/random/CandP.mp3

A stag has turned up outside the Torridon Hotel: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/stagdo.jpg

The view from the forest across the loch this morning: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/peeping.jpg

There's a cloud out there that looks just like my dog! http://stevecarter.com/random/ThatsMyDog.jpg

Last of the evening sun - change due today. http://stevecarter.com/random/LateOctober.jpg BTW there's a house for sale - middle of that pic: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carlapassino/2013/07/28/perfect-small-estate-for-sale-in-scotland-torridon/

Walking the entire coastline of the UK to raise money for 'Help for Heroes'. He's currently here, having walked +/-5000 miles: http://stevecarter.com/random/h4h.jpg - http://www.christianaroundbritain.co.uk

Looking north over the loch to the Torridon Hills  earlier today: http://stevecarter.com/random/18-10-2013.jpg

This morning's rush hour down Glen Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/18-10-13.jpg

Dog walking in Applecross bay: http://stevecarter.com/random/DogWalkingInTheBay.jpg

Lovely sunrise over Loch Dughail this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/16-10-2013.jpg

Charlie's site updated : http://stevecarter.com/charliethedog/index.htm

It's Charlie's 10th birthday today, so we took him to the pub (he was reluctant to leave): http://stevecarter.com/random/MadDog.jpg

It's a gorgeous October day in Torridon today: http://stevecarter.com/random/15-10-13.jpg

Autumn trees by Kinloch on Skye: http://stevecarter.com/random/AutumnTrees.jpg

Idiot: http://stevecarter.com/random/idiot.jpg

The sea is looking particularly blue at present: http://stevecarter.com/random/BlueTorridon.jpg

10 minutes before sunrise over Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/13-10-13.jpg

A single fishing boat out on the Inner Sound yesterday. Loving the crystal clear Arctic air that's just arrived! http://stevecarter.com/random/JustOne.jpg

Looking across the Inner Sound towards the Isle of Skye this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-10-2013.jpg

The Moon last night - not quite a harvest moon colour, but almost: http://stevecarter.com/random/moon13.jpg

A light dusting of snow today, at about 2,900 ft. In case you are interested: http://stevecarter.com/random/10-10-13.jpg

The weather is turning here, and so are the deciduous trees: http://stevecarter.com/random/anthocyanins.jpg

22 mph in a 60 mph limit. Snooze. http://SteveCarter.com/random/doh1.jpg

BBC prog on the 2013 Celtman Triathlon here on iPlayer - (not sure for how long): http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03cw34l/The_Adventure_Show_2013_2014_Celtman_Extreme_Triathlon/

Nice. Dutch chap has my photo as a desktop. Wants to know where the hill is and where photo was taken. I tell him. He flies over, climbs hill, and sends me this: http://stevecarter.com/random/cool.jpg

The bracken has turned here: http://stevecarter.com/random/bracken.jpg

Nose: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheNose.jpg

Grandad Cameron takes the kids out for a drive in the '8 by 8'. How cool is that! http://stevecarter.com/random/8x8.jpg

Nice skies here at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/skyt2.jpg

Charlie on the beach the other day. (This is as deep as he'll go in as he's a wuss): http://stevecarter.com/random/paddle.jpg

There are things down there making bubbles: http://stevecarter.com/random/bubbles.jpg

And as if by magic, the roads are almost empty again: http://stevecarter.com/random/longroad.jpg

This was found in Nanny's shop as it was being emptied. The price gives away the age! http://stevecarter.com/random/55p.jpg

Nanny's tin shop lasted 95 years - but it's time is up: http://stevecarter.com/random/shopgone.jpg

Dog / Defender: http://stevecarter.com/random/DogProfile.jpg

Another shot from the beach: http://stevecarter.com/random/swim.jpg

Last light over Lochinver yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/1-10-2013-2.jpg

Achmelvich beach yesterday. Not feeling remotely October! http://stevecarter.com/random/1-10-13.jpg

This sign kinda' lost confidence in itself half way through: http://SteveCarter.com/random/beware.jpg

Yesterday saw the last day for Nanny's tin shop. http://SteveCarter.com/random/LastDay.jpg

I've always liked Glen Cottage. Not only is it very pretty, but the nearest neighbour is about 75 minutes walk away: http://SteveCarter.com/random/GlenCottage.jpg

We visited the 'Secret Lochan in the middle of the forest' this morning. The colours are already starting to turn: http://stevecarter.com/random/SecretLochan.jpg

The boathouse by Lochan an Lasgair (in the middle of nowhere): http://SteveCarter.com/random/Ling2.jpg

The Seaflower returns late into the evening: http://stevecarter.com/random/eveningreturn.jpg

Glen Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-9-13.jpg

'Slioch' by Loch Maree yesterday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/slioch.jpg

My better half's birthday today, so we went for a very early hill walk. Charlie wants this every morning, please. Stopping for a rest: http://stevecarter.com/random/BirthdayWalk.jpg

There's a Lion's mane jellyfish at the bottom of my garden. This is as close as I'm getting! http://stevecarter.com/random/mane.jpg

The 'wee bothie' by Loch Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/bothie13.jpg

Charlie has developed the annoying habit of refusing to get back into the car after a walk. He just stands and sulks: http://stevecarter.com/random/NoComply.jpg

Lovely light last night: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/23-9-13.jpg

If Jack Vettriano painted some sheep, I think the result may look a little like this: http://stevecarter.com/random/Vettriano.jpg

It's the Autumn Equinox today (At 20:44 to be precise), so  I've added my summer faves to the 'best of 2013' page: http://stevecarter.com/random/2013.htm

The Torridon Stores & Cafe this morning (Well worth a visit for the scones!): http://stevecarter.com/random/TorridonStores.jpg

Fasaig, by Loch Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/Fasaig13.jpg

Nanny's tin shop on the seafront in Shieldaig is being demolished at the end of the month... last chance to visit!: http://SteveCarter.com/random/GM1.jpg

Stop thinking about moving here and do it: http://www.ckdgalbraith.co.uk/property/INV130125/Shieldaig (hoping to get a resident, not another holiday let)

The latest Shieldaig resident.... Rufus: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Rufus.jpg (Jackson's son)

The 'bay of deception'. Doesn't look very deceptive does it. However, try getting a yacht out at low tide! http://stevecarter.com/random/bay.jpg

Tweet: http://stevecarter.com/random/Finch.jpg

The travellers have left more than the usual amount of rubbish this month: http://SteveCarter.com/random/more.jpg

As if barking at seagulls will make any difference to the Seagulls: http://stevecarter.com/random/BarkMad.jpg

Here's the mastered version of a track from the latest Warner Bros. CD. Probably best avoided if you're depressed!: http://stevecarter.com/random/SufferingInSilence.mp3

Survived another gale on the hill: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/TheTrees.jpg

Investigation into upturned portaloo continues. A police spokesman says they have nothing to go on. (Thanks to Bill for the gag): http://stevecarter.com/random/loo.jpg

I've added some more photos to the 'other bits of the Highlands' page: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/other.htm

A couple from this morning's dog walking session: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CharlieSand13.jpg ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/JacksonSand.jpg

September Skye: http://SteveCarter.com/random/SeptSkye.jpg

I took this the other day whist waiting for the postie. Looking over Loch Shieldaig towards The Minch & Hebrides - lovely water surface!:  http://stevecarter.com/random/StillSeas.jpg

Charlie spotted the seal and barked. The seal came over to see what all the noise was about. Charlie barked more - etc: http://SteveCarter.com/random/seal13.jpg

I hope you like this photo as I got 'midged' half to death just now, waiting for the sun to light up the island: http://SteveCarter.com/random/9-9-13.jpg

A 'cross your fingers and hope' overtake: http://stevecarter.com/random/death.jpg

Some photos from the 50th birthday celebration of the Balgy Bridge: http://stevecarter.com/bridge/balgy.htm

The Seaflower returns from it's evening trip yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/returns1.jpg

Lovely day here - Loch Shieldaig & Shieldaig Village just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/LS-6-9-13.jpg

Loch Carron this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/6-9-13.jpg

5th Sept. The overnight rain finally passes, creating my absolute favourite light: http://SteveCarter.com/random/5-9-13.jpg

Lunch in Kylesku, hotel in Lochinver, shop in Ullapool. It's a fine way of getting the groceries. Approaching Ullapool by Loch Broom: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Ullapool1.jpg

Wacky weather out there this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/LowSun.jpg

Rowing boats on Loch Awe: http://SteveCarter.com/random/boats.jpg

Weird (not set up): http://stevecarter.com/random/FunnyMan.jpg

Overnight parking: http://stevecarter.com/random/parked.jpg

Massive rhododendron clearance going on here. I'd only seen the very tops of these trees before: http://stevecarter.com/random/RoddyOff.jpg

Just one tiny hole in the cloud this morning. We'll take whatever we can get! http://stevecarter.com/random/first.jpg

I've sold the family silver and spent proceeds on new kit & samples. I'm now eating gruel, but the samples sound great: http://stevecarter.com/random/NewStrings.mp3

Charlie dog getting scared by a bit of seaweed that was moving with the tide. Pathetic. http://SteveCarter.com/random/SeaweedScare.jpg

The village of Elphin in Sutherland looking rather lovely at this time of year: http://stevecarter.com/random/Elphin2013.jpg

My absolute favourite house in the West Highlands. Photographically, at least. The house on the hill: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheHouseOnTheHill.jpg

Two of the Torridon Munros this morning. Probably not the best day to try and climb them: http://SteveCarter.com/random/27-8-13.jpg

Grasses by Loch Torridon (FAR more than normal, as my hay fever will confirm). http://stevecarter.com/random/grasses.jpg

...and here's an arty one to go with the pretty one: http://stevecarter.com/random/Ardvreck2.jpg

Just back from Lochinver. This was by Ardvreck Castle yesterday - now mostly defended by sheep: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Ardvreck1.jpg

I think the herons at the bottom of my garden are in fact pterodactyls that are just further away than I think: http://stevecarter.com/random/Harry.jpg

The Torridon Hotel. Photo taken from the far side of the loch: http://stevecarter.com/random/LTH13.jpg

I had a bit of a shock when I looked out of the window this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/23-8-13.jpg

Two herons 'photo-bombed' my shot of the Hebridean Princess earlier:: http://stevecarter.com/random/PB1.jpg

Shieldaig Island, very early this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/22-8-13.jpg

The River Balgy: http://stevecarter.com/random/BalgyRiver.jpg

We don't have grass in our garden. We do have a whole bunch of this though: http://stevecarter.com/random/bog18.jpg

All credit for trying: http://stevecarter.com/random/hopes.jpg

A late evening rainbow over Ben Shieldaig tonight: http://stevecarter.com/random/LateRain.jpg

The stand-off : http://stevecarter.com/random/Standoff.jpg (yes, he was barking).

A very tiny, but very pretty peat bog flower - which has a long Latin name that I can't remember: http://stevecarter.com/random/bog11.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/falling.jpg

All bets are off as to exactly how long this will remain dumped here. My best guess is 200+ years: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/AllBetsAreOff.jpg

Jackson dog is very good at reminding us that it's time to feed him. A bowl or bottle serves as a hint: http://stevecarter.com/random/bottle.jpg

The Torridon  Hotel yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/TorridonHotel13.jpg

Today, I am writing mostly Private Detective music: http://stevecarter.com/random/Dick.mp3

Liathach ('The Grey One'), looking as green as it will all year at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/LiathachSummer.jpg

Infrared filter: http://stevecarter.com/random/infrared.jpg

A photo of my house. It's there, honest. http://SteveCarter.com/random/MyHouse.jpg

You can keep summer sunshine, as long as you give it back in winter. Just found some from December 09. Proper light! http://stevecarter.com/random/AlliginSnowTops.jpg

After the rain: http://stevecarter.com/random/WaterRush.jpg

I took this a while back but never got round to posting it. An evening full of pastel colours over loch Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Colours.jpg

One careful owner: http://SteveCarter.com/random/oco.jpg

The burns are full again. Which is good (we're not on mains water here). The midges are also full. Which is bad. http://SteveCarter.com/random/BurnFull.jpg

Jet stream now back to normal. Low pressure bringing in weather fronts from the Atlantic. Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/9-8-13.jpg

Charlie, atop the appropriately named 'Windy Hill': http://SteveCarter.com/random/Windy.jpg

Compare Aug: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Aug13.jpg ... to Feb: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Feb19.jpg

This Greylag was doing 42 mph. I know this as we were driving next to it. Seemed quite happy to share our company for 2+ miles: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/greylags.jpg

Milltown this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/milltown2013.jpg

Creag a' Chumhaing (on the left as you ascent the Bealach) looking rather impressive this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/5-8-13.jpg

Some photos from yesterday's Shieldaig Motocross: http://stevecarter.com/13MC/13MC.htm

Another port of call for my Teddy Bear. Back in Devon now, then off to the Belgium GP: http://www.stevecarter.com/transported/ted7.htm

Some photos from an EXTREMELY wet village fete: http://stevecarter.com/13fete/13fete.htm

Some photos from last night's Shieldaig Raft Race: http://stevecarter.com/2013raft/2013raft.htm

The local care home wanted a simple website, so I made one for them. It's so nice in there I'm thinking of booking in http://HowardDorisCentre.org.uk

The Marine Conservation Society are using my scary pic of a Lions Mane to advertise their jellyfish survey (Run away) http://SteveCarter.com/random/Turn2Jelly.jpg

The view from the bench outside Nanny's shop in Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/ViewFromNannys.jpg

Photo - 1905 (or five past seven if you prefer): http://stevecarter.com/random/1905.jpg

Re \/ ...We managed to fill two bin liners: http://stevecarter.com/random/bags.jpg

At full moon, Travelers arrive to collect shellfish at very low tide. Always, they leave behind a little of their culture: http://SteveCarter.com/random/rubbish.jpg

Sunshine & Clouds today: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/30-7-13.jpg

Sunlight reaches Shieldaig Island early this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/29-7-2013.jpg

I finally discovered someone who wouldn't be insulted if I suggested his car was a shed: http://stevecarter.com/random/sheds.jpg

Late evening sunlight on Ben Shieldaig yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/EveningOfThe27th.jpg

Glen Torridon early this morning (looking very 'Harry Potter') http://stevecarter.com/random/GT13.jpg

Every morning this week the loch has been flat calm: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CalmLoch.jpg

The Atlantic was looking especially compliant this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/StillBoat.jpg

Shieldaig is full of tourists.... but they are all asleep: http://SteveCarter.com/random/25-7-13.jpg

Looking from Inverbain towards Ben Shieldaig and Ben Damph this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/SummerInMonochrome.jpg

I don't particularly like this weather, but it's very, very pretty: http://SteveCarter.com/random/24-7-2013.jpg

Tosh: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CompleteTosh.jpg

This lump of rock becomes more impressive when one notices the telegraph poles: http://stevecarter.com/random/lumps.jpg

Charlie, me, Iona and Jackson: http://stevecarter.com/random/family.jpg

The hot weather here was preceded by a dense cloud of 'haar' which drifted in from the (unusually) cold Atlantic: http://SteveCarter.com/random/HarrHarr.jpg

Loch Dughaill, early this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/21-7-13.jpg

Soaring temperatures bring the holiday crowds onto the beach: http://SteveCarter.com/random/20-7-13.jpg

Cooling down: http://SteveCarter.com/random/HappyDog.jpg

Torridon Sea Tours setting off to the Isle of Rona this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Seaflower13.jpg

Caledonian Pines in Glen Shieldaig this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19-7-2013.jpg

So I had a word with the sheep about walking down the middle of the road and it seems they listened. http://SteveCarter.com/random/sidewalk.jpg

This is the queue for the 11:30 bus from Shieldaig to Lochcarron: http://SteveCarter.com/random/queue.jpg

Peat Bog Charlie: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/PeatBogCharlie.jpg

It's wacky weather day up here in the NW Highlands: http://SteveCarter.com/random/16-7-13.jpg


Dog Missing in Torridon. Sunday 14th: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dogmissing.jpg

A sleepy Shieldaig Sunday summer morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/summermorning.jpg

These little chaps will find the smallest crack in the rock-face to make a home. All over Ben Shieldaig at present: http://stevecarter.com/random/NoIdeas.jpg

There are Germans in Loch Broom: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Deutschland.jpg

Two reasons we love driving up to Kylesku to eat. Reason 1: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Reason1.jpg  ~ Reason 2: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Reason2.jpg
..oh, and the view is fab!

Just back from Sutherland, where I had a *close enough, thank you* encounter with a rather large Jellyfish (Lion's Maine I think): http://SteveCarter.com/random/Turn2Jelly.jpg

I'm not a yachtist, but this looks very wrong: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Y1.jpg Help arrived. Hope they are ok: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Y2.jpg ETA: Air Sea rescue called out.

Today is a nice day for a boat trip: http://SteveCarter.com/random/8-7-13.jpg

Lots of orchids on the hills this year. More than I've seen before: : http://stevecarter.com/random/JulyOrchids.jpg

There's a small loch in Glen Shieldaig called Dughaill - pretty at this time of year: http://stevecarter.com/random/Dughaill13.jpg

Photos of the Celtman Extreme Triathlon:: http://stevecarter.com/Celtman13/Celtman13.htm

If you're here & up at 5 a.m. tomorrow, check out the Celtman Triathlon participants at the start line. Last year:  http://stevecarter.com/random/EarlyStart.jpg

Charlie has a favourite spot in the garden, but as the heather grows taller each year he is slowly disappearing: http://stevecarter.com/random/CharlieHeather.jpg

Just got the artwork for the new Warner Bros CD. Out 15th July: http://www.SteveCarter.com/random/LifeTimes.jpg

Was sad to see the closure of one of our favourite hotels. Glad to see Andy Murray has bought, and is re-opening it: http://www.cromlix.com/

You ain't seen me, right. http://stevecarter.com/random/seenme.jpg

Hills, clouds and a tree: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheTops.jpg

New set of toners for my laser printer = £398. New laser printer (with exactly the same inks) = £209. The world has gone mad.

This bloke parked right at the bottom of my garden last night. Some people have no consideration: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/cheek.jpg

Latest village cat - no road sense - watch out! http://stevecarter.com/random/mcat1s.jpg

'Sea Pinks' by Loch Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CPinks.jpg

Tesco, Dingwall this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Tesco3.jpg

Strange things one finds at low tide (had me worried from a distance!) : http://www.stevecarter.com/random/washedup.jpg

Saw the first heather yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/h2013.jpg

The West Highland Rhododendrons will put 2013 down as their finest achievement (if shrubs do that sort of thing) http://stevecarter.com/random/rods.jpg

I have been privileged to play with many great musicians. None better than Antonio. Appropriate time to post - class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LJSxY-5YePI#at=59

A Robin robs a bit of grated cheese from the Pine Marten's stash last night: http://SteveCarter.com/random/rob.jpg

Anyone who has visited Shieldaig in the past 15+ years will have seen Zak (who owned the village). Sadly, no longer. http://SteveCarter.com/random/zak.jpg

Hufflepuff: http://stevecarter.com/random/NotAmused.jpg   (He's not amused!)

Remember this?: http://SteveCarter.com/random/tits.jpg Well they finally left, leaving half a forest inside: http://SteveCarter.com/random/titsgone.jpg

Heading into the clouds on the Bealach: http://SteveCarter.com/random/topmist.jpg ...and heading out of them on the other side http://SteveCarter.com/random/topmist2.jpg

I bet *somebody* will go in expecting to find iPads for sale: http://SteveCarter.com/random/tablet.jpg

I've put the flurry of Pine Marten photos (with text written by Iona) onto the Torridon/Shieldaig website: http://www.stevecarter.com/ansh/marten.htm

No apologies for yet another Pine Marten photo... this two month old has seen it's reflection in a window. Cute or what? http://SteveCarter.com/random/PMJune13.jpg

Solstice: http://SteveCarter.com/random/MS13.jpg

It's the summer solstice tomorrow at 05:04, so time for me to post my favourite photos from Spring 2013: http://stevecarter.com/random/2013.htm

Every evening now, this cheeky sod sits and waits on our roof for some food to be put out: http://stevecarter.com/random/WaitingGame.jpg

Forget Swallows making any sort of summer, up here it's bog cotton... which is now officially here: http://SteveCarter.com/random/bog13.jpg

Soppy dog: http://stevecarter.com/random/soppy.jpg

Classy bit of stair action: http://stevecarter.com/random/stairs.jpg

…but what a view (this photo taken last year): http://stevecarter.com/random/wee-bothie.jpg

If you fancy a bit of 'rustic', the wee bothie is now finished (no power, a water butt, wood burner & outside loo!) http:// stevecarter.com/random/wb1.jpg

Coast Road (11.5 mb video file): http://stevecarter.com/random/drives.mov

Far more 'Birdsfoot Trefoil' than usual here this year. (I prefer the alt name 'Eggs & Bacon'): http://SteveCarter.com/random/DoingWell.jpg

Be very afraid: http://SteveCarter.com/random/BeAfraid.jpg

The road into Applecross was looking pretty this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/road2Applecross.jpg

Popped out for a spot of retail therapy this morning. Sadly, they'd not got any USB 2.0 64 gb flash drives: http://stevecarter.com/random/retail1.jpg

It's getting silly out there now. Rather than take it in turns like any responsible shrub, they fight for space, almost blinding us in the process: http://stevecarter.com/random/colourwars.jpg

It's nice here now but it was misty mountain time this morning. Shieldaig Island was looking quite ethereal: http://stevecarter.com/random/13-6-13.jpg

http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Q1.jpg  Clips from my Quirky CD which arrived today: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/q1.mp3 ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/q2.mp3 ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/q3.mp3

I took this photo a while back, but never got round to posting it. Just before sunrise over Loch Chroisg: http://SteveCarter.com/random/sunrise1.jpg

Here's the last minute of 'We Fight or we Die' which I wrote for the City of Prague Orchestra to record in 2009: http://SteveCarter.com/random/WFOWD.mp3

It's a dilemma. He wants to sniff that grass over there, but he doesn't want to get his delicate paws wet. It could also be dangerous. (He bottled it, of course).  http://stevecarter.com/random/risk.jpg

Fisherman's hut by the shore in Polbain: http://SteveCarter.com/random/orange1.jpg

Stayed in Achiltibuie last night. Very nice it was too. http://stevecarter.com/random/sih.jpg  ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/shade.jpg

Rock formations on Achnahaird Beach yesterday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/9-6-2013.jpg

Today's weather: http://SteveCarter.com/random/perfect1.jpg

Look out: http://stevecarter.com/random/lookout.jpg

Shieldaig Sunset: http://stevecarter.com/random/KinlochSet.jpg

Low cloud here this morning. Can't see the tops of the hills. http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheTop.jpg

Glad I'm not a fish: http://stevecarter.com/random/CrossGull.jpg

As the sun moves... so does Jackson: http://stevecarter.com/random/sunnyspot.jpg

The holiday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/4Heads.jpg

Good fishing here at the moment: http://SteveCarter.com/random/GoodFishing.jpg

...and the winner is.... http://stevecarter.com/random/PTNP.jpg

Shieldaig last night, about 10:30. A good place to sit: http://stevecarter.com/random/couple.jpg

Gorse bushes by the River Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-6-13.jpg

Look what I found: http://stevecarter.com/random/lookfound.jpg

The smell of the Azaleas behind the Torridon Hotel is almost overwhelming: http://SteveCarter.com/random/HS.jpg

Something I wrote for a friend (Antonio Forcione) to play on his Spanish Guitar. I.M.O. the finest soloist of his type in the world (short clip) http://SteveCarter.com/random/AntClip.MP3

Nice green carpet: http://SteveCarter.com/random/GreenCarpet.jpg

The landscape of Sutherland: http://stevecarter.com/random/sutherland1.jpg

Young Pine Marten trying to decide whether it's safe to come down from the treeline last night: http://SteveCarter.com/random/PMscared.jpg

I have some new panoramic cards available to buy from The Torridon Cafe: http://stevecarter.com/random/ca1.jpg  ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/ca3.jpg

I'll let you write your own script: http://stevecarter.com/random/Porkers.jpg

Even though connected, Loch Torridon gets the sun at least 45 minutes before Loch Shieldaig at this time of year: http://stevecarter.com/random/heathaze.jpg

When Charlie inspects his estate (The entire North West Highlands), he has to zigzag down the road to maximise any possible sniffing potential: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/zigzag.jpg

The hill known as Suilven just looks wrong. Like something out of a Ridley Scott movie: http://SteveCarter.com/random/suilven1.jpg

A garden with a shed, that's a Post Office, (and is probably stuffed)... and a deer that looks like he's stuffed. But isn't. http://SteveCarter.com/random/PO.jpg

...and the road to Inverkirkaid (60 mph speed limit - Yikes): http://SteveCarter.com/random/Inverkirkaid.jpg

The road to Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Road2Achiltibuie.jpg

Island in the mist. Somewhere remote in Sutherland this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/Islands.jpg

A Tern out fishing over Loch Glendhu yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/tern.jpg

The start of the forest that works it's way up Ben Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/ben13.jpg

The River Balgy yesterday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Balgy13.jpg

I have a double page photo in this mag - but don't think they really needed to put a photo of me on the cover ;0) http://stevecarter.com/random/CoverBoy.jpg

Ben Shieldaig catching the last rays of the sun yesterday evening: http://stevecarter.com/random/27-5-13.jpg

10:04 this evening. Loch Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/TenFour27thMay.jpg

Mum has had 2 kits this year: http://stevecarter.com/random/2kits.jpg

And whilst we're here. I just stumbled upon this. A piece I wrote for a Salsa band I played bass with for 6 years. 'Cayenne'. http://www.stevecarter.com/dd3.mp3

If you can visualise a drunk when you listen to this piece of music, I got it right. If you can't, I didn't. http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheDrunk.mp3

Today's weather: http://SteveCarter.com/random/26-5-13.jpg

Directly outside the bar at Kylesku: http://stevecarter.com/random/OutsideTheBar.jpg

Nice sky over Liathach this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/25-5-13.jpg

We've finally got some green to go with the blue. It took its time this year. http://SteveCarter.com/random/GreenAndBlue.jpg

Every time I drive into Sutherland, I see this house. Every time it makes me think 'Harry Potter'. So I thought I'd give it the Potter treatment. Shopify: http://SteveCarter.com/random/broken2.jpg

Kylesku Bridge yesterday (a panoramic in dodgy light). As usual, once the image is open, click on it and use the scroll bar to view: http://stevecarter.com/random/Kylesku-Bridge.jpg

Just returned from Kylesku Hotel. Great food, Great people, Great Location, Great Hotel. Charlie flirted his way through: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CharlieKylesku.jpg

15 years ago today I came to Shieldaig to look at a house that was for sale. I saw the view from the garden. No need to look at the house. Done Deal! http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheView.jpg

Someone has turned the gorse up to 11: http://stevecarter.com/random/UpTo11.jpg

Sometimes this place looks like it should be on another planet: http://stevecarter.com/random/MayLoch.jpg

Torridon Sea Tours ready the Seaflower for yesterday's trip: http://SteveCarter.com/random/SFReady.jpg

My 'Fly on the Wall - 'Quirky' CD now out on Zone Music: http://www.zonemusic.co.uk/index.php

Early morning view of Shieldaig Island: http://SteveCarter.com/random/FlatCalm.jpg

Self portrait. Me & Charlie on a dog walk: http://stevecarter.com/random/UsShadows.jpg

The old road from Annat to Fasaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/OldRoad.jpg

Mum looking sheepish: http://SteveCarter.com/random/sheep1.jpg

Looking across Loch Torridon towards Beinn Alligin yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/May13Loch.jpg

No need for a hoodie round these parts:  http://stevecarter.com/random/theft.jpg

My album 'LIFE TIMES' for Warner Bros is out this month. Here's a clip: http://stevecarter.com/2011Clip.mp3

Loch Torridon ~ 05:45 this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/17-5-2013.jpg

The young Pine Marten kit is at last big enough to grab some proper booty: http://stevecarter.com/random/egg-away.jpg

Loch Glascarnoch - photo taken on Friday: http://stevecarter.com/random/Glascarnoch.jpg

I've never been this keen. Don't get me wrong, I love me' cars... but 'enthusiast' clubs I just can't do. Still - some nice David Browns on show: http://stevecarter.com/random/keen.jpg

Must have been sleepy. Esp. as they slept next to the bins, bottle bank, toilets, and in the space where the dustbin van was due to reverse into: http://SteveCarter.com/random/nop.jpg

The kinder face of May 2013. Liathach ('The Grey One') just starting to get some colour: : http://stevecarter.com/random/May13-2.jpg

In my humble opinion , the prettiest (and probably slowest, when empty) road in the UK. North from Inverkirkaig. This is a really fast bit. http://SteveCarter.com/random/NiceRoad2.jpg

So I'm not allowed in my postbox for the next month or so. Tits. http://SteveCarter.com/random/tits.jpg

Gorse, Loch Lurgainn and Stac Pollaidh on the road to The Summer Isles. Photo taken on Thursday: http://stevecarter.com/random/stack5.jpg

The first Pine Weevil of the season has turned up in our Pine house, which is set in a Pine Forest. No surprise then. http://stevecarter.com/random/pinew.jpg (Cue 'See no Weevil' gags)

It's back. Monte Carlo is obviously losing it's appeal: http://SteveCarter.com/random/fafa.jpg

Achmelvich looking particularly lovely yesterday (panoramic). Once the image is open, click on it and use the scroll bars to view: http://stevecarter.com/random/AchmelvichPan1.jpg

The updated Torridon Hotel website is up and running, using lots of my images... looking good! http://www.thetorridon.com/

Sunset over Lochinver last night: http://stevecarter.com/random/LochInver13-3.jpg

Loch Assynt this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/LochInver13-1.jpg

It's now my fave week of the year. Long days. No midges. No traffic. The road into Shieldaig this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/faves.jpg

You could twist my arm. Though it does cost as much to rent for a week as it does to buy a house here: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Hants.jpg ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/Hants2.jpg

Come to visit me?? (Bloody well hope not - I don't own a tie) http://SteveCarter.com/random/hampshire.jpg (FYI - http://www.superyachts.com/motor-yacht-2809/index.htm )

Lochcarron Village yesterday afternoon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/LC13.jpg

Some people from Texas wanted to hear the sound of a Cuckoo in a Scottish Glen. Cue Cuckoo, plus rushing burn, plus other small creatures: http://SteveCarter.com/random/cuckoo.mp3

My 'No Midges' sign having proved to be totally useless, I've put another, more appropriate sign up on my front gate: http://SteveCarter.com/random/checkpoint.jpg

Caledonian Pines in the clouds near the top of Ben Shieldaig today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/6-5-13.jpg

Talking of dogs... If you ever visit Shieldaig you may well happen upon 'Dughail'. She has right of way at all times! http://SteveCarter.com/random/NotGood.jpg (taken through car windscreen)

Charlie's knee injury means we are supposed to stop him jumping. We buy a daft ramp for him to get into the car. He jumps onto it! http://SteveCarter.com/random/ramp.jpg

Guests get shuttled to the pier, walk up and down the middle of the road for a while, then shuttle back. Don't get it. Maybe they are just sick of the ship. http://stevecarter.com/random/HPmay.jpg

Map Lichen by Allt an Dubh: http://SteveCarter.com/random/MapLichen.jpg

Next time I say we need some rain here, will you please shut me up. http://SteveCarter.com/random/raininghere.jpg

17:26: On Duty. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/On-Duty.jpg ~ 17:28: That's it for the night. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Off-Duty.jpg

...so as I crossed the field full of cattle,  I happened to mention that Nigel Farage had secured 23% of the vote.... http://SteveCarter.com/random/MyGod.jpg - not a right wing coo then.

A last minute rush to fly south for the bank holiday weekend causes chaos at Inverness Airport today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/lastminute.jpg

I think it might have rained here last night: http://SteveCarter.com/random/oops.jpg

Tweet: http://SteveCarter.com/random/sweet.jpg

Looking a lot more friendly here now - more like May: http://stevecarter.com/random/friendly.jpg

Liathach is looking rather unfriendly today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/1-5-13.jpg

I do like this road sign in Tarbert. I think we should have less didacticism, and more like this. http://stevecarter.com/random/h13-31.jpg

The banks of Loch Dughail, early this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/30-4-13.jpg

I'm on a whisky diet. I've lost three days already.

It just had to be a Defender 110 SW outside this pile, didn't it: http://stevecarter.com/random/hadtobe.jpg

My pedometer just sent me an e mail (weird) informing me that I've walked 500 miles in 104 days (pats own back): http://SteveCarter.com/random/500miles.jpg 500 more now I suppose.

I've updated the Hebridean page with photos from Mull, Iona, Skye, Harris, Lewis, Uists, Benbecular, Eriskay & Barra: http://www.stevecarter.com/harris-2007/hebrides.htm

I've been asked, so here's the answer. This is where were we staying on Harris. http://SteveCarter.com/random/h13h6.jpg ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/h13h4.jpg

Two men and a daffodil. http://SteveCarter.com/random/2gents.jpg

The first yacht of the year just sailed into Loch Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/FirstYacht.jpg

The burn runs into the sea at Loch Leosavay: http://SteveCarter.com/random/h13-33.jpg

I sometimes have live music in me' house. Here a vid of some friends; Ronan Martin and Jonny Hardie: http://SteveCarter.com/random/RJ1.mov - excuse the watermark, I'm tight!

Just heard the first cuckoo. Exactly the same date as 2012. As that was a boring tweet. Here's a photo of some sheep. http://SteveCarter.com/random/StrangeSheep.jpg

Loch Ainort on the Isle of Skye. Photo taken on the way back from Harris: http://SteveCarter.com/random/h13-5.jpg

Dodgy parking: http://Stevecarter.com/random/pplace.jpg ~ Even more dodgy parking: http://Stevecarter.com/random/pplace2.jpg

A very strange relationship exists with alcohol on Harris. We had to get this cupboard unlocked (with a glare from the shopkeeper!) to get some: http://Stevecarter.com/random/booze.jpg

...and away she goes: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CS4.jpg

If you fancy a visit, and have the cash, you can always fly to/from Loch Shieldaig! http://SteveCarter.com/random/CuttySark.jpg ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/CuttySark1.jpg

< One hour old: http://SteveCarter.com/random/OneHourOld.jpg

Just back. Images from the Outer Hebrides: http://stevecarter.com/random/HebridesBW.htm

There will now be a short interruption to my twittering. I'll leave you with a link to lots of 'other stuff': http://SteveCarter.com/otherstuff.htm

This photo STILL proving popular (10 months on) ... about to be in Men's Health (!) and Triathlon Plus mags. http://SteveCarter.com/random/EarlyStart.jpg

A snap from the top of the Bealach this afternoon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/17-4-13.jpg

Just had a lovely lunch in the walled garden potting shed in Applecross. All the tourists have left. Saw 4 cars in 45 miles. http://SteveCarter.com/random/potting.jpg

The Siskins have arrived back here: http://stevecarter.com/random/siskins.jpg

The burn was dry two days ago! http://www.stevecarter.com/random/16-4-13.jpg

Only in the UK would you get this happeneing (crap photo off the TV): http://www.stevecarter.com/random/lines.jpg

Evening routine. Dog brushed whilst he watches for the Pine Martens. It's the only time he'll sit still long enough: http://SteveCarter.com/random/brush1.jpg

Santander put money into the wrong account. Bad. Santander sent this to say sorry. Good. http://SteveCarter.com/random/mistakes.jpg Now I'll eat all chocs. Very Bad.

A few more from the new 'Odd' book: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/dog-bike.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/slow.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/jcb3.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/aseal.jpg

So tired: http://SteveCarter.com/random/SoTired.jpg

When Charlie isn't asleep, he's eating. When he's not eating he's barking, and when he's not barking, he's sniffing: http://SteveCarter.com/random/sniff.jpg

Check out a short clip of the choir I used on my last album. Great stuff.  I've muted the rest of the instruments: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Thechoir.mp3

The Torridon Sea tours 10.00 departure this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/SF10.jpg

The new generation of Pine Martens have arrived. Bang goes the biscuit budget. http://SteveCarter.com/random/PM-4-13.jpg

So I was standing in the supermarket car park when I saw this (Yikes!) : http://SteveCarter.com/random/Visby.jpg (FYI - It's a Swedish Corvette with go faster stripes).

I've just made a book of 'odd' photos from around here. There was plenty to choose from!.. a fave: http://SteveCarter.com/random/11.jpg

Inside Nanny's shop. This photo has some 'issues' but thought it worth posting. Once loaded, click on it, then use the scroll bar at the bottom to view http://stevecarter.com/random/nannypan.jpg

The gorse is out: http://SteveCarter.com/random/gorse13.jpg

Early morning, low tide: http://SteveCarter.com/random/main13.jpg

My dog is SUCH a wuss. Every time we reach this tiny bridge he pretends not to be petrified - but still can't cross:  http://stevecarter.com/random/wuss.jpg

Walked Charlie by the river this morning. I think I left my fingers there (-3C) http://SteveCarter.com/random/br1.jpg

The ling hut in Glen Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/ling.jpg

More snow here earlier, though it's not settling at sea level: http://SteveCarter.com/random/8-4-13.jpg

Looking towards 'The Corran' in Shieldaig Village just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/corran1.jpg

Pleased to see this when I looked out today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/7-4-13.jpg Not only will it keep the fires down, but also fill our dwindling burn!

I love it when the sea does this: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/CloudsBack.jpg

Loch Torridon is very still today: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/6-4-13.jpg

A photo of the side of my house :0) http://stevecarter.com/random/reflectR8.jpg ...............What?!

They're at it again: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Roadblock.jpg

Very low tide early this morning. This is what goes on at the bottom of Loch Torridon whilst we are all at work: http://SteveCarter.com/random/LowTideShells.jpg

This is the colour of the Atlantic today in Loch Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/greenseas.jpg

This is the little chap making such a bloody racket at 5 a.m. (albeit a nice bloody racket): http://SteveCarter.com/random/chap.jpg

Shieldaig sleeps: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/darkvillage.jpg

Charlie and the Princess: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CP.jpg

They don't make 'em like this anymore: http://SteveCarter.com/random/oldbody.jpg (okay, I lied).

Another from this morning.... Which, when I look at it, does my head in! http://stevecarter.com/random/wacky.jpg

Loch a Chroisg this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/wacky2.jpg

Crystal clear & stupidly pin sharp here today: http://stevecarter.com/random/2-4-13.jpg

Definition of 'Irony': http://SteveCarter.com/random/irony.jpg

Definition of 'Hungover': http://SteveCarter.com/random/hungover.jpg

Choppers bought in to help the fire brigade douse the fire in Glen Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/firechopper.jpg

Meats? http://SteveCarter.com/random/meats.jpg

Well we dodged that bullet. The wind died, so the fire stopped coming down the Glen and went up the hill: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dodge.jpg ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/dodge1.jpg

I can't beliee they started these fires (on purpose): http://SteveCarter.com/random/clot.jpg Tenders out. Fire out of control. Choppers may be needed tomorrow.

Perfect blatting weather: http://SteveCarter.com/random/EasterBlat.jpg

I have 2 CDs being released this month. Here are short clips from both. Guess will get the most use, chalk or cheesy! http://SteveCarter.com/random/trx.mp3

Torridon Seatours return from their Easter morning trip out: http://stevecarter.com/returning.jpg

The Loch Torridon Hotel, early this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/31-3-13.jpg

Now that's just childish: http://stevecarter.com/random/childish.jpg

Here's a 360 panoramic of Shieldaig this morning. Click on it to make it full size and use the scroll bar at the bottom to view: http://SteveCarter.com/random/shpan1.jpg

07:17 this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/0717.jpg

Just talked to a local B&B owner who said people had cancelled for Easter, due to the snow up here. FYI - Currently 9C and looks thus: http://stevecarter.com/random/bluewater.jpg

Early light: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheTree.jpg

I have a new 'keep in my pocket' camera: http://stevecarter.com/random/x20pic.jpg  ~ Looking good: http://stevecarter.com/random/driveway2.jpg

Frost on the car window. -2C but very dry: http://SteveCarter.com/random/frost1.jpg

We have some particularly expressive Thrushes here this year. Just recorded this. Great vocal control!: http://stevecarter.com/random/thrush1.mp3 (Started at 05:07 today)

Nice evening for it: http://stevecarter.com/random/HP2013.jpg

The Princess is in: http://stevecarter.com/random/HP13.jpg - oh, and the Sea Eagles are back (apparently).

The Seaflower is preparing for its first trip of the season. Highly recommended if you're in the area: http://SteveCarter.com/random/sf9.jpg

Early morning legwork: http://SteveCarter.com/random/legwork.jpg

Shieldaig Island with extremely photo friendly cloudscape this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/27-3-13.jpg

The River Balgy flowing towards Loch Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/27-3-2013.jpg

New Cayman launch here. What's the collective term for Porsche? A Clutch? A Hammond? http://SteveCarter.com/random/cayman.jpg  ~ and ~ http://SteveCarter.com/random/cayman2.jpg

A very fine place to have breakfast - Jo's cafe, Torridon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/jo2.jpg

BT just called to offer me compensation for cutting me off in error. They put me on hold for 30 minutes, then cut me off. Class Act, BT.

The Siberian wind has frozen all our waterfalls: http://SteveCarter.com/random/frozenwaterfall.jpg

Rather than show you what it looks like here today, I thought I'd share what it sounds like: http://stevecarter.com/random/March13.mp3

Well that was a waste of white paint: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/parking.jpg

Mmmmm. Alpnach 241527 Just arrived. (Sorry, it's a bloke thing): http://stevecarter.com/random/watch122s.jpg

How remote would you like? (Only accessed by boat, swimming or abseiling): http://stevecarter.com/random/abseil.jpg

There are some new Ted photos up: http://www.stevecarter.com/transported/ted7.htm

In case you ever wanted to see inside a Bearded Collie... this is Charlie like you've not seen him before: http://stevecarter.com/random/xray.jpg

The river Balgy looking very Scottish this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/21-3-13.jpg

Today is the Spring Equinox (@ 11.02 to be precise). My favourite day of the year. To celebrate, here's a page of my 2013 winter photos: http://stevecarter.com/random/2013.htm

Liathach looking particularly clever this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Liathach13.jpg

Glen Docherty this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19-3-2013.jpg

Shieldaig Village, just before sunrise this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19-3-13.jpg

Growl: 'The low, guttural, menacing sound made by a predatory animal'. (Yea, right): http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Growling.jpg

And it's a nice place to sit on a Sunday morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Breakfast.jpg

Shieldaig's new pontoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/Pon3s.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/Pon5s.jpg

Looking over Shieldaig Island just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/15-3-13.jpg

I was right, the first crane wasn't up to the job - needed a chunky Tonka: http://stevecarter.com/random/pontoon2.jpg

I wonder if someone actually said "We're gonna need a bigger crane". Whatever was said, they seem to have one: http://SteveCarter.com/random/BigCrane.jpg

Strathcarron Station, on the Kyle of Lochalsh line: http://stevecarter.com/random/strath1.jpg

The village of Lochcarron shrouded in low cloud this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/14-3-2013.jpg

Construction has just started on the Shieldaig Pontoon. That crane... what do you think... twist or stick?  http://SteveCarter.com/random/ToonArmy1.jpg

Today's weather: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Tweather.jpg

The first rays of sunlight about to reach Shieldaig this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/13-3-13.jpg

Yesterday - warm enough in the afternoon to sit outside. First time this year! http://SteveCarter.com/random/11-3-2013.jpg

Stunning light in the North West Highlands today: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-3-13.jpg

Looking towards the Bealach na Ba this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/10-3-13.jpg

More sand art: http://stevecarter.com/random/san2.jpg

Trying hard not to be anthropomorphic about this photo: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/wazzat.jpg

I've added a couple more beach shots to this page: http://www.stevecarter.com/beaches/beaches.htm

The Blackwater River at Rogie: http://SteveCarter.com/random/rogie13.jpg

Charlie has a bad back. It's astonishing how well dogs play the sympathy card: http://SteveCarter.com/random/MrC.jpg

Say cheese: http://SteveCarter.com/random/cheese1.jpg

WHY!... when I park in a totally empty supermarket car park, do I return to find someone has parked RIGHT NEXT TO ME? http://SteveCarter.com/random/Y.jpg

Here's another from the conversation I was having with Angus recently: http://stevecarter.com/random/cow.jpg

Sunny Sand: http://stevecarter.com/random/SunSand.jpg

Just booked the same holiday destination as last year. Bit too hot, but loved the beaches, so had to return: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/hols.jpg Yep, you guessed, it's in Scotland.

Sunday breakfast eggs courtesy of these lovely ladies: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/peck.jpg

You ain't seen me, right? http://SteveCarter.com/random/roll.jpg

New watch. Can't work out how to change the date. Decided to make it a leap year and go to the pub: http://stevecarter.com/random/watch79ss.jpg

Today's weather in Torridon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/1-3-13.jpg

The trouble with Buzzards... http://SteveCarter.com/random/trouble.jpg

Getting away from it all: http://SteveCarter.com/random/whitehouse2.jpg

Loch Dughaill just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/27-2-13.jpg

Looking across the Inner Sound to Raasay, with Skye beyond yesterday morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/26-2-13.jpg

The run to the beach: http://SteveCarter.com/random/coming.jpg

The road to Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/r2s.jpg

The sunny weather just keeps going on. Never known a Feb like it: http://stevecarter.com/random/febdaze.jpg

Looking over Loch Slapin on Skye this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/24-2-2013.jpg

The 'wee bothie' by Loch Torridon this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/bothie1.jpg

Here are a few clips from the charity CD - all recoded here by local musicians - for sale in the Torridon Cafe: http://SteveCarter.com/random/hhclips1.mp3

Frozen seaweed on the shore of Loch Torridon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/cweed.jpg

The new CD (to raise money for the Highland Hospice) has just arrived. On sale in local retailers from 23rd. Buy it!: http://SteveCarter.com/random/2013cover.jpg

Late afternoon sunshine is turning the landscape 'fake tan orange' at the moment: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19Febr2013.jpg

The sea froze today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/19Feb2013.jpg

Hmmm: http://SteveCarter.com/random/tall.jpg

Loch Torridon & the Torridon Hills today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/18-2-2013.jpg

The mild and sunny weather has seen off all but the most stubborn snow: http://SteveCarter.com/random/18-2-13.jpg

The 'Whenever you're ready' look: http://stevecarter.com/random/ready.jpg

I think Shieldaig should introduce a morning rush hour congestion charge: http://SteveCarter.com/random/charge.jpg

Looking after the chuckle brother at the moment: One: http://stevecarter.com/random/chuckle1.jpg Two: http://stevecarter.com/random/chuckle2.jpg (Two is very tired!)

Shieldaig doing it's level best to look like a model village this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/model.jpg

Tall trees at Rogie: http://SteveCarter.com/random/rogietall.jpg

These two are on the same rock in the middle of the loch each day. I have a feeling they are not talking: http://SteveCarter.com/random/talking.jpg

Seriously? http://SteveCarter.com/random/StupidSheep.jpg

The new pontoon arrives at Shieldaig pier: http://stevecarter.com/random/Pontoon1.jpg

Here's another from yesterday's close encounter with a very friendly Highland Coo: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/coo3.jpg

COOOOOOOOOOO! http://www.stevecarter.com/random/coo4.jpg

It feels like winter is nearly over when the Torridon Inn opens: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/InnOpen.jpg

A very Highland Sunday morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/SundazeFeb.jpg

Not best pleased: http://SteveCarter.com/random/wazzup.jpg

Cause and effect: http://SteveCarter.com/random/nomeat1.jpg

A wider shot of Loch Torridon's very low tide this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/7-2-2013.jpg

Flat calm and stunning in equal measure out there today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/7-2-13.jpg

Looking across Loch Torridon towards Beinn Alligin just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/BA6-2-13.jpg

Loch Carron this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/6-2-13.jpg

It's not so much where you are: http://SteveCarter.com/random/whereyouare.jpg as when you are: http://SteveCarter.com/random/whenyouare.jpg

It looks like the local shop has decided to go 'head to head' with Tesco - providing a wide range of healthy and nutritious food: http://SteveCarter.com/random/h2h.jpg

Ten seconds before Shieldaig Village gets hit by a blizzard (one of several this morning): http://SteveCarter.com/random/4-2-13.jpg

Drip, drip, drip go the Highlands: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dripdripdrip.jpg

Even grey has it's moments (Loch Shieldaig just now): http://SteveCarter.com/random/2-2-13.jpg

A light dusting of snow to sea level last night. Melting fast: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dusting.jpg

It's snowdrop time here: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dropdrops.jpg

I just spent an hour re-building the 'Latest Photos' page - which was a right mess: http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/latesttorridon.htm

I thought the Shieldaig bus stop needed a little freshening up ;0) http://SteveCarter.com/random/helpinghand1.jpg

The OFT says UK petrol market is working well: http://SteveCarter.com/random/pin.jpg

Waiting 20+ minutes for this lorry to unload it occurred to me that if it was doing same in central London, there would be blood: http://SteveCarter.com/random/load.jpg

We heard you the first time: http://SteveCarter.com/random/shouting.jpg

I'm recording singers again: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Shaz.jpg

Yesterday was the perfect day for a blat. Not because of the weather, but because I seemed to be the only one driving! http://SteveCarter.com/random/8R-12.jpg

One of my photos of Shieldaig was in 'The Scotsman' yesterday (you can rent the house in the foreground if you have deep pockets) : http://stevecarter.com/random/ancosh.jpg

Been doing the RSPB garden bird-watch. All the usuals, plus a woodcock, tree creeper and for the first time this year...: http://SteveCarter.com/random/woody.jpg

Looking towards Fasaig & Liathach this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/26-1-13.jpg

A clip from something I wrote for Jonny Hardie a few years back: 'The road to Achnashellan': http://SteveCarter.com/random/AchnashellanClip.mp3

Somebody has been up here overnight and nicked all our colour: http://SteveCarter.com/random/colour.jpg

So I says to him, I says... you'll never pick up the ball AND the stick. (Don't you just hate a smart arse) http://SteveCarter.com/random/sa.jpg

30 minutes before sunrise - Loch Gowan: http://SteveCarter.com/random/23-1-13.jpg

The road heading east out of Shieldaig just now: http://SteveCarter.com/random/22-1-13.jpg

Charlie has taken to stopping mid walk for a twig break: http://SteveCarter.com/random/twig.jpg

A light dusting here today. http://SteveCarter.com/random/lightdust.jpg (note the sheep far right licking the salt from the road)

A clip from the upcoming CD (available in Spring 2013) ... local musicians raising funds for the Highland Hospice: http://SteveCarter.com/random/HHclip.mp3

Looking towards the 'Five Sisters' early this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/5s.jpg

The lighthouse hardly anyone ever notices - (it's hodden underneath the Skye Bridge BTW): http://SteveCarter.com/random/SkyeLH.jpg

I've been recording some local musicians  today:: http://SteveCarter.com/random/locals.jpg

Rhododendrons and Caledonian Pines fight for space by the loch: http://SteveCarter.com/random/fight.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/18-1-13.jpg

The two Munros Tom na Gruagaich & Sgurr Mhor seen as the highest points on Beinn Alligin. Snow line here +/- 2000ft (unlike everywhere else!):  http://SteveCarter.com/random/BA13.jpg

I'm pretty sure there are no mines in the loch, but just in case, we have a mine hunter here. Well, you can't be too careful I guess: http://stevecarter.com/random/Grimsby.jpg

The house at Fernamore: http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheHouse.jpg

No traffic to speak of here at the moment. Drove for 2 hours yesterday, saw one car (the postie): http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheDrive.jpg

As requested... some of my music that was used on Dan Snow's BBC2's doc 'Locomotion' last night: http://SteveCarter.com/random/DanSnow.mp3

Another from this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/15-1-2013.jpg

Loch Shieldaig, Shieldaig Village & the Torridon Hills this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/15-1-13.jpg

Another Otter photo... this is the smallest of the three, so I guess the pup. He hangs back, obviously intrigued by Charlie dog: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Otter32.jpg

On still days, the seabirds round here often take advantage of 'ground effect': (In case you are nurdy enough to care): http://SteveCarter.com/random/GullShadow.jpg

The house at the bottom of the hill: http://SteveCarter.com/random/BA2013.jpg

House build near here. Builders put large rocks onto insulation to prevent flight in high winds. Result... H.M.S. Kingspan: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Kingspan.jpg

Shieldaig Village at first light - 12-1-13: http://SteveCarter.com/random/firstlight1.jpg

The Log House by Loch Torridon yesterday afternoon: http://SteveCarter.com/random/TheLogHouse.jpg

And now for something completely different. A clip from an upcoming album for Zone music to be called 'Quirky' : http://SteveCarter.com/random/OnThePizz.mp3

Achanalt Station at 8 a.m. this morning. http://SteveCarter.com/random/Station.jpg

Two Otters out for a bit of late afternoon fishing (photo taken on Loch Shieldaig just now): http://SteveCarter.com/random/TwoOtters.jpg

Apart from the occasional kamikaze deer in the middle of the road, this is pretty much all I saw driving down the Glen this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/EarlyDrive.jpg

Gold and burnt: http://SteveCarter.com/random/10-1-13.jpg

Looking up in Glen Torridon this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/InTheHills.jpg

'West Highland driver's roads' page updated. (Only petrolheads need apply): http://www.stevecarter.com/picaday/roads.htm

Nice bit of parking: http://SteveCarter.com/random/niceparking.jpg

BBC weather said it would be sunny today - and me fresh out of sun cream. Then I realised, as always, they meant London: http://SteveCarter.com/random/darkstuff.jpg

Another silly sunrise over Kinloch this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/6-1-13.jpg

Torridon jetty this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/JettyEvoque.jpg

The A896 was busy this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/A896busy.jpg

How remote would you like? (No road, no power): http://SteveCarter.com/random/HowRemote.jpg

Pastel sunrise by Kinloch Damph: http://SteveCarter.com/random/pastel.jpg

It's looking very Scottish Highlands out there at the moment: http://SteveCarter.com/random/BeinnDearg.jpg

Inconvenient new year's morning sunlight for Shieldaig's collective hangover: http://SteveCarter.com/random/1-1-13.jpg

A two minute vid with extracts and pics from my latest CD recorded earlier this month. PC: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Other-Peoples-Lives.wmv - MAC: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Other-Peoples-Lives.mov Happy New Year!