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).

This page mirrors mytimeline: @HighlandRampage

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e mail: Steve @ SteveCarter.com

I HAVE SPLIT THIS PAGE INTO YEARS. CLICK TO VIEW PREVIOUS: ~ 2011 ~ 2012 ~ 2013 ~ 2014 ~ 2015 ~ 2016

 

2014

Torridon dodged the bullet: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-30639678

Inverbain Island in Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/inverisland14.jpg ~ Looks peaceful until you get up close: http://stevecarter.com/random/inverbain14-2.jpg

If you missed the programme about Torrodon & Shieldaig on STV yesterday, you can watch it here: http://player.stv.tv/programmes/on-weirs-way/2014-12-29-2000/

Glen Shieldaig, before sunrise: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/GSDec14.jpg

Icy Loch Carron: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/lowandstill.jpg

Looking towards the Bealach this morning. (You can see why they closed the road) http://www.stevecarter.com/random/28-12-14.jpg

Minding their own business: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/4coos.jpg ~ Determined to stop me from doing mine: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/cooroad.jpg (Through windscreen)

10.15 a.m. 27th December: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/27-12-2014.jpg

I think some of the farmers around here might be on drugs: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/FarmerDrugs.jpg

Sunset, Christmas day. The last few minutes of sun turning the hills red. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/xmasredhills.jpg

Charlie's favourite Christmas task. Who needs a shredder: http://stevecarter.com/random/xmaspaperwork.mov

Christmas day 2014 ~ Shieldaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/25-12-2014.jpg

Christmas day 2014 ~ Torridon: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/25-12-14.jpg

Message from Charlie: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/xmas2014.jpg

The view from Lochside Cottage holiday let - just after sunrise yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/23-12-2014.jpg

Please sir, can I have some more? http://stevecarter.com/random/snowc.jpg

John is making good progress with the new cafe by the Bealach: http://stevecarter.com/bealach/work.htm

Were you on the ridge of Beinn Eighe on Saturday? http://www.stevecarter.com/random/bedec14.jpg ~ 200% crop http://www.stevecarter.com/random/beclimbers.jpg

The absurdly photogenic Clyde. (The dry stone wall ain't bad either). http://stevecarter.com/random/clyde2.jpg

Nearly 18 hours of dark today. Ug: http://stevecarter.com/random/21-12-14.jpg

Part of the 12 mile single track road that passes through Glen Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/20-12-14.jpg

For no reason whatsoever I arranged this for Pizzicato strings. You'll have to be of a certain age to know it: http://stevecarter.com/random/Leftbank2VisionOn.mp3 (middle 8 added!)

Very low tide in Upper Loch Torridon yesterday revealed the ancient fish trap: http://stevecarter.com/random/LowTideLT14.jpg

Someone's nicked all our colour: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/colourless14.jpg - no... wait... there it is: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/balgysunrise14.jpg

This is what Shieldaig sheep get up to at breafast time: http://stevecarter.com/random/sheeppan14.jpg

I had a request to see a larger version of this: http://stevecarter.com/random/snowbucket14.jpg Bad fur day.

Sunrise over Ben Damph: http://stevecarter.com/random/BalgySunrise2014.jpg

Shieldaig sunshine & scattered showers: http://stevecarter.com/random/Island-Bows.jpg

Shieldaig Village this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/VillageDec14.jpg (you might have to click on the image to make it full size)

So. I was in a pop band in my yoof. Here's a track recorded in Abbey Road. (I'm not singing) http://stevecarter.com/random/moving.MP3

Strathcarron Station: http://stevecarter.com/random/strath1.jpg

Some photos of what I get up to when I'm not wandering round the Highlands with dog & camera: http://stevecarter.com/random/angelStudio1.htm Back there in Feb to record latest CD.

Snow line +/- 500 metres: http://stevecarter.com/random/LiafromSh.jpg

Loch Dughaill 10 minutes ago: http://stevecarter.com/random/13-12-14.jpg

Spot the geese: http://stevecarter.com/random/SpotTheGeese.jpg (you might have to click on the photo to make it full size)

Last minute availabilty, Christmas and / or  New Year in Shieldaig; http://stevecarter.com/random/tighnagow.htm

Before sunrise this morning, looking towards Kinloch Damph: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-12-14.jpg

For those it will affect that are not here at present (you know who you are), cable has now reached Shieldaig for superfast broadband: http://stevecarter.com/random/HSI.jpg

'Par' may need a rethink: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheThird.jpg

Looking across Loch Carrann: http://stevecarter.com/random/LCRoads.jpg

The Torridon Inn car park: http://SteveCarter.com/random/carpark14.jpg

Tad windy here at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/rain14.jpg

As mentioned earlier... http://stevecarter.com/random/sfm1.jpg (the horse is named Clyde)

The A896 as it passes the south end of Loch Torridon http://stevecarter.com/random/WinterLoch.jpg (photo taken the other day, before the snow arrived).

If you're coming this way... come on winter tyres! http://stevecarter.com/random/forit.jpg

It's a sign: http://stevecarter.com/random/signs14.jpg

There's a bounty on Charlie's head: http://stevecarter.com/random/bounty.jpg

Winter arrived in Torridon this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/5-12-2014.jpg

If you want to visit the Torridon Inn, you'd better hurry. It closes on Sunday until 15th Feb 2015: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/15-2-15.jpg

December sun: http://stevecarter.com/random/DecSun14.jpg

For those remotely interested, I have swapped my RX100 mkI camera for an RX100 mkIII. First shot: http://stevecarter.com/random/rx1003.jpg Not at all bad for a 'point and shoot'.

Driving at 2000+ feet: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/200plus.jpg

Jackson doing a passable impression of Tommy Cooper: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/TommyCooper.jpg

I've added some more photos to the Pine Marten page: http://www.stevecarter.com/ansh/marten.htm

Low cloud over the loch: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/1500ft.jpg

You remember my dog had a bad leg? I found the way to fix it: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Pub-Lick.mov (Do you want to go to the pub?)

The sun is so low in the sky at this time of year that it's sunny *under* the clouds: http://stevecarter.com/random/30-11-14.jpg

The rock peninsula that shelters Loch Shieldaig from the North Atlantic: http://stevecarter.com/random/entryisland.jpg

It has been an extraordinary month of weather here, with some fabulous light. Here's a few in case you missed 'em: http://stevecarter.com/random/Nov14.htm

The cairn at the top of the Bealach na Ba: http://stevecarter.com/random/BealachCairn.jpg

This morning's sunrise over Glen Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/Nov14sunrise.jpg

It may be smaller, but Ben Shieldaig is the only hill in Torridon that retains it's lush green colour all year round: http://stevecarter.com/random/Green14.jpg

11th Century: Thorfinn Sigurdsson rules. Loch of Thorfinn's Town spurns the name Loch Torridon. No records, but I bet his town was situated here: http://stevecarter.com/random/Guessing1.jpg

Scottish Field Magazine using one of my photos for their cover shot (Jan issue I think): http://stevecarter.com/random/ScotField.jpg

Caught this otter doing backstroke yesterday. More interested in my dog than my camera methinks: http://stevecarter.com/random/OtterWatch.jpg

The Torridon hills this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-11-14.jpg

'Class of 2014' have left (or been kicked out) to make their own way in the world. So we are back to just mum and dad: http://stevecarter.com/random/JustMunAndDad.jpg

(in case you missed... vid of this year's twins: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/mumandkids.mov )

The bus stop where no busses stop; Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/BusStopNoBusses.jpg

Charlie has injured his passenger side shoulder... but he is trying to be brave: http://stevecarter.com/random/Limpy.mov

A flock of Herring Gulls head twards the Isle of Raasay: http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayBound.jpg

Found out that lichen grows 1" every 100 years. I give you the first world war: http://stevecarter.com/random/OldLichen.jpg & Mary Queen of Scotts: http://stevecarter.com/random/OldLichen1.jpg

Late November morning light looking south east over Loch Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/24-11-14.jpg

Late November afternoon light looking north west over Loch Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/BigNovSky.jpg

It's gold underfoot: http://stevecarter.com/random/Gold14a.jpg

Make yourself at home, why don't you? http://stevecarter.com/random/AtHome14.jpg ...and you: http://stevecarter.com/random/robins.jpg

All quiet on the western coast: http://stevecarter.com/random/kishornPan.jpg

Shieldaig Island gets the November spotlight treatment: http://stevecarter.com/random/SpotIsland.jpg

Red and White: http://stevecarter.com/random/RedAndWhite.jpg

The road to Diabaig was looking as pretty as it was empty today. http://stevecarter.com/random/DiabaigRoad.jpg

November Skye: http://stevecarter.com/random/Skye14.jpg

Bottoms up: http://stevecarter.com/random/Bottomsup.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/Bup.jpg

Big sky over the loch yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheLoch.jpg

The last light was a spotlight: http://stevecarter.com/random/LightGold.jpg

It was so clear yesterday that one could easily see the Outer Hebrides, specifically, the hills of Lewis, nearly 50 miles distant: http://stevecarter.com/random/OuterHebrides.jpg

Whilst building the house here, I lived in the north of the Lake District. Here are some of my photos from the region: http://SteveCarter.com/random/lakes.htm

There's a cormorant who sits on the same buoy in the middle of the loch for most of each day. We've named him Shaggy: http://stevecarter.com/random/shaggy.jpg

Seriously wacky light over Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/13-11-14.jpg

There may be trouble ahead: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/TroubleAhead.jpg

Nommie fitting the new sign to the original door of Nanny's shop in Shieldaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/newsign.jpg

The road to nowhere: http://stevecarter.com/random/nowhere.jpg

Well I did let her keep her coat! ;0)  http://stevecarter.com/random/jail.jpg

Glen Shieldaig, 10 minutes before sunrise yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/WayTaGoClouds.jpg

Paul's boat (with a bit of background). This photo is 1900 pixies wide, so you can enlarge: http://stevecarter.com/random/VillageNov14.jpg

We're having some of 'That' weather here at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/9-11-14.jpg

The Black River finding it's way down the glen: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/AbhainnDubh.jpg ... to the sea at Inverbain: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/InverbainPan.jpg (click to enlarge)

So tired: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/SadJack.jpg

About twice the amount of houses, but half the population in Shieldaig compared to 100 years ago. Click to enlarge: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/SHNov14.jpg

Getting arty with Loch Kishorn: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/KishornArt.jpg

Start line for the Celtman: http://stevecarter.com/random/CeltmanEntry.jpg Nuts.

Looking east over Loch Shieldaig yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/BSNov14.jpg

It's pub 'o' clock in Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/NovEve.jpg

One hell of a view for a poo in a loo: http://stevecarter.com/random/LooWithView.jpg

The worst photo of a sea eagle you've ever seen. I only post in in case you are up here so you'll know where to look! http://www.stevecarter.com/random/worst.jpg (Over Shieldaig Island)

Very November weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/SINov14.jpg

The Anniversary competition winner http://stevecarter.com/faves/faves.htm has been selected by Charlie: http://stevecarter.com/random/CharlieChooses.mov (all 'runners up' that entered will get a pdf by e mail)

The clearing in the forest: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheClearing.jpg

Liathach colours - Early May & Early November 2014: http://stevecarter.com/random/maynov.jpg

FYI > From 10th Nov Nanny's shop Shieldaig: open Sun, Mon & Tues from 10am- 4pm. From today Jo's shop Torridon: Wed, Thurs, Fri and Sat from 10am-5pm

All year, Charlie has been dragging us to the Inn so he can get buscuits from: http://stevecarter.com/random/sandj.jpg But today they leave for Australia. Bugger.

The north face of Ben Shieldaig is covered in heather so is still mostly green. The south face of Alligin is grass & bracken so is a rusty gold colour: http://stevecarter.com/random/BAAutumn.jpg

More kamikaze sheep - this time on a blind summit with a 60mph speed limit. I wish they'd hold their mothers meetings elsewhere: http://stevecarter.com/random/KamikazeSheep.jpg

The calm after the storm(s): http://stevecarter.com/random/calmafter.jpg I'm amazed how many leaves survived.

Liam's boat is doing a passable impersonation of the Titanic: http://stevecarter.com/random/liams.jpg

Highland delivery: http://stevecarter.com/random/HighlandDelivery.jpg

In case you ever wondered what I do when I'm not taking photos - writing this sorta' stuff for TV (6:20 sec mp3) : http://stevecarter.com/random/orch.mp3

I watched this Marten playing like a cat yesterday. Never seen it before. Pouncing on imaginary prey, jumping from tree to tree. Then it promptly fell asleep! http://stevecarter.com/random/play.jpg

Rainwater en route to Loch Kishorn: http://stevecarter.com/random/bealachburns.jpg

We're having a drop of rain here at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/russell2014.jpg

The Isle of Raasay taking the brunt of today's Atlantic storm: http://stevecarter.com/random/raasay14.jpg

If you are intending to visit Torridon to see the autumn colours this weekend, you might want to reshedule: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-10-14.jpg

Fifty shades of grey: http://stevecarter.com/random/50shades.jpg

Another of Charlie's preferred walks (we don't have much of a say in it). Photo taken the other day before the Biblical rain came: http://stevecarter.com/random/GTOct14.jpg

The house at the end of the rainbow: http://SteveCarter.com/random/AnnsHouse.jpg

Nicolas' Garden: http://SteveCarter.com/random/Nicolas.jpg

Today in the West Highlands can be summed up in 5 seconds of video footage: http://stevecarter.com/random/gonzalo.mov

Clouds bumping off the hills yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/LTE14.jpg

John is doing a good job with the new Cafe build (by the Bealach). Opens Easter 2015: http://stevecarter.com/bealach/work4.jpg - http://stevecarter.com/bealach/work5.jpg

Looks like the autum colours aren't going to last long here. Gales overnight and due next week. Still... yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/Oct14colour.jpg

The closing date for the lucky dip fast approaches. Charlie dog will pick a winner next week! In case you missed it: http://stevecarter.com/faves/faves.htm

Driving down Glen Torridon towards Liathach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/LiaOct14.jpg

Early morning October hills: http://stevecarter.com/random/OctHills2014.jpg

Lochinver sunset. Taken earlier this week: http://stevecarter.com/random/lIsun14.jpg

The Hills are alive with the sound of Stags (stuck in a rut). Usually at a distance, but sometimes right outside your window (in the dark) http://stevecarter.com/random/deer.mov

Just met Adam Short, who is walking around coastal Britain (all of it) for charity. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/AdamShort.jpg Nice chap. Check out: http://ukcoastaltrek.com

Charlie is eleven today. He is extremely excited: http://stevecarter.com/random/celebrations.jpg He has (of course) got his own web page: http://www.stevecarter.com/charliethedog/index.htm

Kylesku strudel. Much easier to eat than pronounce: http://stevecarter.com/random/KS14.jpg

Sunset over the Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis last night, as seen from Lochinver on the mainland: http://stevecarter.com/random/lochinversun14.jpg

A great reception at reception in the Lodge on Lochinver: http://stevecarter.com/random/receptionist.jpg ...what you can't see is that the dog is using a computer.

The village of Fasaig gets some October sunshine, and its very own cloud: http://stevecarter.com/random/Fasaig14.jpg

You can see why they built it where they did: http://stevecarter.com/random/LTH14a.jpg

A couple more from the Bealach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/redhill.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/10-10-2014-2.jpg

The view from the top of the Bealach na Ba this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/10-10-2014.jpg

You can see from yesterday's very low tide why this is known as 'The Bay of Deception': http://stevecarter.com/random/BOD2.jpg

Looking across the loch to the forest on Ben Shieldaig : http://stevecarter.com/random/AcrossTheLoch.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/8-10-14.jpg

Panoramic of the Cuillin Hills from Rubha na Guailne - 15 miles distant. Rona in the foreground. Click on the photo to make it full size. http://stevecarter.com/random/SkyeFar.jpg

October is very October this year: http://stevecarter.com/random/Oct2014.jpg

The 'well boat' has been here to collect salmon for the past few days - so if you never thought you'd see fish fly... http://stevecarter.com/random/flyingfish.jpg

Autumn is most definitely here: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-10-14.jpg

Low tide this lovely morning by Loch Shiledaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/AutumnDay.jpg

Spaceship clouds: http://stevecarter.com/random/earlyclouds.jpg

The hills are now golden brown again. White next: http://stevecarter.com/random/GoingGoingGone.jpg

Nice place for a cuppa: http://stevecarter.com/random/nannyscup.jpg

One of the Pine Martens spends much of the day under our decking. Obviously keeping an eye on us, in case of cheese. http://stevecarter.com/random/eyeout.jpg

Man with Cat: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/manwithcat.jpg

Nice for the end of September: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/TW1.jpg

The forest floor at Allt an Dubh is now golden brown: http://stevecarter.com/random/fernsgold.jpg

Not sure what's more disturbing - the men with guns that have just arrived http://stevecarter.com/random/guns.jpg or the sheep on the blind corner http://stevecarter.com/random/noguns.jpg

This> http://stevecarter.com/random/rr2014.jpg is connected to the internet, so even though I don't know whether I'm coming or going, it does! > http://stevecarter.com/random/lrapp.jpg

Grey sky, blue sea yesterday. That's not supposed to happen: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/very-blue.jpg

It's nice when you buy your Mrs a new car and it turns up on her birthday. Saves all that faff with flowers ;0) http://www.stevecarter.com/random/26-9-14.jpg

Dougie 'I tend to sit in the middle of the main road in Shieldaig looking sad' MacGregor: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/MOR.jpg

Glen Torridon yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/gtsept.jpg

Today's weather: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/24-9-14.jpg

Charlie doesn't like other photographers: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/watchtog.jpg

I've been writing Baroque music for Warner Bros today. Having narrowly missed out on Rock star, I can at least try for Baroque star. A previous attempt: http://stevecarter.com/2011Baroque.mp3

http://stevecarter.com/random/iona14.jpg ~ Mrs.

Sunny Shieldaig just now: http://stevecarter.com/random/SunnyShieldaig14.jpg

ITV film crew here last week (Pine Martens). Couldn't get close ups due to a camera the size of Dover, so I did some GoPro for them. Short clip: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/sorterpm.mov

The track that used to connect Torridon with Shieldaig. Now mostly used for dog walking: http://stevecarter.com/random/balgytrack.jpg

Panoramic of Liathach: http://stevecarter.com/random/Sept14Torridon.jpg

Mist & cobwebs = http://stevecarter.com/random/cobwebs2.jpg

Loch Dughail this misty morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/dug14.jpg

Toys will be thrown out of prams: http://stevecarter.com/random/pram.jpg

Highland delivery driver hard at work: http://stevecarter.com/random/tan.jpg

Yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/yesterdays.jpg ~ Today: http://stevecarter.com/random/todays.jpg

My house is one of the few places you can get a Pine Marten and Julian Clary in the same shot! http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Clary1.jpg - http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Clary2.jpg

Loch Shieldaig this morning: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/16thSept.jpg

Early sunlight in the Caledonian Pine forest... on branch: http://stevecarter.com/random/cpine2.jpg and trunk: http://stevecarter.com/random/cpine.jpg 9000 years old and counting.

This morning's sky, looking east from the top of Glen Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/15-9-14.jpg

Cute alert! Shieldaig's latest puppy - Russell: http://stevecarter.com/random/russeldog.jpg

Copper sunrise reflected in Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/coppersunrise.jpg

Torridon Sea Tours' 'Seaflower' heading past Shieldaig Island: http://stevecarter.com/random/TST2014.jpg and out towards the upper loch: http://stevecarter.com/random/distance.jpg

Pastel colours over Loch Dughail, early this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/12-9-14.jpg

Another local holiday let will be coming on stream next month: http://stevecarter.com/shep/SHEP-7s.jpg

Loch Shieldaig and Shieldaig Island this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-9-14.jpg

The location for the Scottish Highlands Vegetarian Society A.G.M. has been revealed: http://stevecarter.com/random/box.jpg

'Digital audio visual booklet' of my latest just posted by Warner Bros: http://www.wcpmuk.com/cpm/car461/

Having looked at the lunch menu at the Torridon Inn yesterday: http://SteveCarter.com/random/lunchmenu.jpg ... I finally plumped for this: http://SteveCarter.com/random/risotto.jpg

I was taking photos of a Pine Marten, and inadvertently managed to get my first ever shot of a midge! http://stevecarter.com/random/midge.jpg

Part of the road often referred to as the'Scotsburgring' : http://www.stevecarter.com/random/bl14.jpg

Beinn Eighe viewed from south of Kinlochewe: http://stevecarter.com/random/BEsept14.jpg

Driving down the glen towards Liathach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/gtsept14.jpg

Glen Torridon this morning... the colours are changing already: http://stevecarter.com/ran dom/colourchanges.jpg

They don't call them Retrievers for nothing: http://stevecarter.com/random/pleased1.jpg

Work soon to start converting the old Corry Chappel (des res). Access is so bad, that the builders were considering a landing craft! http://stevecarter.com/random/sandy2.jpg

30 seconds with a 10 stop filter (I'm sure you really wanted to know that): http://stevecarter.com/random/30sec.jpg

The unpronounceable river listed as Abhainn Ceann Locha (from Glen Shieldaig) flows into the sea here (I'm standing in it): http://stevecarter.com/random/1-9-14.jpg

Whatever your views on independence, wouldn't it be nice if all conversations were this civilised. (Two locals): http://www.channel4.com/news/heres-to-scotland-two-friends-talk-independence

Chocks away: http://stevecarter.com/random/tallyho1.jpg

It's that time of year. Delete as you see fit: Gallynapper, Daddy longlegs, Mosquito Hawk, Crane fly: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/DF.jpg

Sunshine and shade: http://SteveCarter.com/random/dapple.jpg

From certain angles there's a touch of Hogwarts about the Torridon hotel: http://SteveCarter.com/random/LTH14.jpg

Loch Coultrie yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/coultrie2014.jpg

Loch a Mhuilinn this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/milltown14.jpg

Panoramic of the Coullin Hills on the Isle of Skye, taken from Camousteel this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/coullins14.jpg

Re: my last post. 06:30 this morning on said walk. This is the bit where my wife is convinced Adders lurk: http://stevecarter.com/random/glenwalk.jpg (they probably do, but I lied).

This spot in Glen Torridon is usually out of bounds in August (kamikaze insects), but it was cold enough this morning for a fab dog walk: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-8-14.jpg

August is my least favourite month in the north west Highlands, but I can take any amount of this: http://stevecarter.com/random/SummerTorridon.jpg

I was going to say it was a cloudless sky here today, but I'd have been lying: http://stevecarter.com/random/heavyweather.jpg

Looking over Upper Loch Torridon towards Alligin yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/24-8-14.jpg

Summer has decided to return to sunny Shieldaig: http://SteveCarter.com/random/SummerReturns.jpg

If you're lucky enough to be out on the hills, you'll love the colour of the heather at the moment: http://SteveCarter.com/random/HillColour.jpg

The four northern hills of Torridon, as viewed from the middle of the loch: http://stevecarter.com/random/middle.jpg

Jeep accessory - part no: J3762/WL : Washing Line. http://stevecarter.com/random/jeep.jpg (Bet you anything Tommy forgets to take it off when he drives away).

We currently have two Pine Marten families visiting. The scruffy incomers, and the well presented long term incumbents >http://stevecarter.com/random/grubup.jpg I predict trouble.

Some infrared photography. (The brighter, the hotter): http://www.stevecarter.com/random/infrared.htm

Today's weather: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/19-8-14.jpg

My latest Warner Bros. album is realeased this week. 70 mins of music. Here's 2 of them (recorded April). http://stevecarter.com/random/NewHorizons.mov (27mb mov)

It's very green on the north side of Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/beinna.jpg

http://www.stevecarter.com/random/35mm.jpg (from Harris)

The Ullapool fishing fleet : http://stevecarter.com/random/ULquay.jpg

http://stevecarter.com/random/OC14.jpg

Message from Jackson: http://stevecarter.com/random/CM1.jpg

Front from the west: http://stevecarter.com/random/lowcloud.jpg

Lines to Kyle: http://SteveCarter.com/random/lines2kyle.jpg

The burn known as Glac na Gainmhich works it's way through the forest: http://SteveCarter.com/random/glac.jpg

Charlie dog: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/wee-coo.jpg ~ Highlan Coo: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/knew.jpg

I wondered why we were getting through so many: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/balls2.jpg ~ what a mess: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/balls1.jpg

Looking over Loch Coultrie towards Glasnock yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/10-8-14.jpg

Jackson & Pine Marten in a staring contest: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/StareContest.jpg ~ Dooley incredulous! http://www.stevecarter.com/random/fury.jpg

Cat lost in Shieldaig - contact me if found. Ta.: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/catlost.jpg

The coast road to Shieldaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/CoastRoad.jpg

Four seasons, four colours: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-seasons.jpg

Almost: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/almost.jpg

'Selfy' from the beach this morning. (About as selfy as you'll get from me anyway): http://www.stevecarter.com/random/selfy1.jpg

Few have seen a Pine Marten. Almost none have heard one. 3 a.m. this morning Noise of two, one running up tree, other commentating: http://stevecarter.com/random/pmnoise.mp3

I was walking behind this car yesterday. Pretty though it is, I was gaining on it: http://stevecarter.com/random/SmallBoots.jpg

All the building work at the south end of Shieldaig just about finished. Almost tidy again! http://stevecarter.com/random/building.jpg

Yawn: http://stevecarter.com/random/yawn.jpg

Photos of the 2014 Shieldaig Fete >>> http://stevecarter.com/2014f/2014f.htm

Photos of the 2014 Shieldaig Raft Race (and after it) >> http://stevecarter.com/2014rr/2014rr.htm

A photo of the winners of tonight's annual Shieldaig Raft Race, holding the inevitable prize (more pics to come): http://stevecarter.com/random/winners.jpg

BBC TVs 'The Apprentice' requested a bunch of my music for the forthcoming series (bless 'em). Some clips of what they took: http://stevecarter.com/random/appcom1.mp3

Was just at the sound check for tonights live music in the Shieldaig Bar >> http://stevecarter.com/random/chick.mov

Torridon 'High Street' this morning: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/31-7-14.jpg

Looks to me like the Rhododendron burning is going to be a bit like painting the Forth Bridge. They are back already: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/4thbridge.jpg

It's the fete weekend. Watchout for the bloke with the long lens: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/fete3.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/fete2.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/fete1.jpg

A slightly different view of Shieldaig main street: http://stevecarter.com/random/dia5.jpg

I like it when clouds hug hills: http://stevecarter.com/random/SutherlandHills.jpg

Probably not the best way to try and eat a custard cream: http://stevecarter.com/random/CC.jpg

About once a month I drive the 200+ mile round trip to Kylesku for food & scenery. Food: http://stevecarter.com/random/kyleskufood.jpg ~ Scenery: http://stevecarter.com/random/glendhu.jpg

Seldom do we have July weather in July, but when we do it looks like this... http://stevecarter.com/random/SummerBoats.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/July.jpg

The 09:50 CalMac Ferry leaves Ullapool for the Outer Hebrides on Thursday. (Jigsaw anyone?!): http://stevecarter.com/random/UllapoolFerry.jpg

The path through the forest: http://stevecarter.com/random/ForestPath.jpg

I don't know what this is: http://stevecarter.com/random/StrangeStuff1.jpg ~ but it's pretty wacky up close: http://stevecarter.com/random/StrangeStuff.jpg

Some serious cloud inversions going on yesterday... clouds rolling down the hillside at some speed: http://stevecarter.com/random/cloudinversions.jpg

Forest Art: http://stevecarter.com/random/ForestArt.jpg

It's very still at the moment: (1920 wide panoramic, so you may have to click on it to make it full size) http://stevecarter.com/random/VeryStill.jpg

Waiting patiently: http://stevecarter.com/random/cooee.jpg

Late evening light over Shieldaig Island. (1920 wide panoramic, so you may have to click on it to make it full size) : http://stevecarter.com/random/LateEveningLight.jpg

John (right) http://stevecarter.com/bealach/work2.jpg building this: http://thebealach.co.uk

It was more like a Greek Island than Northern Scotland here yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/NannyJuly.jpg

Last night's sunset over Loch Shieldaig started like this: http://stevecarter.com/random/sunset-july-2014.jpg- and ended like this: http://stevecarter.com/random/SunsetJuly2014.jpg

Postie has a brand new post van. No stopping him now! http://stevecarter.com/random/fiat.jpg

Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/17-7-14.jpg

My Teddy has now clocked over half a million miles: http://www.stevecarter.com/transported/ted7.htm

It's probably best to learn from your parents: http://stevecarter.com/random/MumAndKids.mov (19 mb Pine Marten mov file)

That obviously hit the spot: http://stevecarter.com/random/licklips.jpg

A couple from yesterday's Tesco run: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/route.jpg ~ http://www.stevecarter.com/random/enroute.jpg

Cloud art: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Cloudart.jpg

Whilst on the loch yesterday, we had a brief encounter with Torridon Seatours: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/SFJuly14.jpg

I took this a while back of some tourists. If it's you or if you know themů get in touch & I'll send a hi res. I think they'd probably want a copy. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Guests-2.jpg

The quick way to get to a pint in Diabaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Dia1.jpg (Thanks to Steve B for the lift.... and the pint).

Nice backdrop to the Shieldaig school football ground at the moment: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/footie.jpg

Charlie's life of Reilly continues: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/lor.jpg

Sad face: http://stevecarter.com/random/sadface.jpg ~ Angry face: http://stevecarter.com/random/Angryface.jpg

Sand Beach this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/10-7-14.jpg

Panoramic of Loch Shieldaig taken this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/PanJuly14.jpg (click on the photo to make it full size and use the slider to view)

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/9-7-14.jpg

The forest on Ben Shieldaig this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/8-7-14.jpg

When it's dark and raining and miserable in January, I have to remind myself of the light we get here in Summer: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/summerdriveway.jpg

Cloud action over Loch Shieldaig yesterday. 2 hours into 12 seconds. http://stevecarter.com/random/clouds.mov

Loch Shieldaig & Shieldaig Village (just now): http://stevecarter.com/random/05-07-14.jpg

This morning's rush hour: http://SteveCarter.com/random/5-7-14.jpg

A daily visitor 'ASBO' waits for the Pine Marten food to be put out, so he can steal some (He knocks on the window if we are late): http://stevecarter.com/random/Asbo.jpg

Useful and good at finding firewood: http://stevecarter.com/random/BigStick.jpg ~ Only useful and good at looking good: http://stevecarter.com/random/CharliesSummer.jpg

I have no idea what this purple stuff is... but there's a lot of it about. http://stevecarter.com/random/purple.jpg

The Jetty at Am Ploc yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/JettyPloc.jpg

Tough day at the office ;0) http://stevecarter.com/random/tough.jpg

It's very blue here today: http://SteveCarter.com/random/VeryBlue.jpg

Into the clouds: http://stevecarter.com/random/road2sun.jpg

Alligin looking pretty at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/alliginjune2014.jpg

Celtman photos now up: http://stevecarter.com/celt14/celt14.htm

A couple from the start of the Celtman this morning... 04:40 http://stevecarter.com/random/celt14-1.jpg and 04:50 http://stevecarter.com/random/celt14-2.jpg. More to come later.

Good luck to all the Celtman competitors, who will be doing this at 5 a.m. tomorrow http://SteveCarter.com/faves/EarlyStart.jpg ~ I'll post pics throughout the day.

Early morning light by Ardheslaig: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/summermornings.jpg

Foxgloves by Kinloch Damph this morning : http://stevecarter.com/random/FG.jpg

A nose for food: http://stevecarter.com/random/PMup.jpg

Some folk decided to have lunch on Skye yesterday (Three Chimneys), but rather than drive, took the direct route: http://stevecarter.com/random/arrive.htm

I passed my driving test today, 40 years ago. So (like you care), here are my 5 'cars I've had most fun in' ...in order: http://stevecarter.com/random/topfive.jpg (click on it for full size)

The Seaflower on final approach last night http://stevecarter.com/random/FA4.jpg

Somthing you didn't know that you never needed to know. Every day, flights to Reykjavík, Iceland cross 7 miles high, directly above Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/SevenMiles.jpg

Nanny's shop & cafe on the seafront in Shieldaig now rebuilt and open! http://stevecarter.com/nannys/nannys.htm

I finally got a photo of the youngest Pine Marten - (looks like it's had a disaster at the tanning shop): http://SteveCarter.com/random/PineOrange.jpg

Some Ford nuts assembling in Tesco's car park this morning for a highland blat: http://stevecarter.com/random/FordBlat.jpg

Sleepy Shieldaig's Summer Solstice starts slowly: http://SteveCarter.com/random/21-6-14.jpg

Bugger this for a lark: http://stevecarter.com/random/lark.jpg

You don't see an Aston for ages, then three turn up at the same time: http:// stevecarter.com/random/busy.mov

Very young Pine Marten with egg on it's face. Photo taken through window, they're tame. but not THAT tame: http://SteveCarter.com/random/whatwhatwhat.jpg

Nice bit of cloud action: http://SteveCarter.com/random/CloudAction.jpg

Panoramic of Loch Torridon this morning: (Click on it to make it full size) http://stevecarter.com/random/18-6-2014.jpg

Not quite Veyrons, but at least able to enjoy today's sunshine: http://stevecarter.com/random/GoodWeather.jpg

Late yesterday evening in Sunny Shieldaig: http:// stevecarter.com/random/sss.jpg

Clouds over the village of Inver Alligin early this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/AlliginCloud.jpg

They can't decide what to do with this bit of road (rockfalls). Nobody seems to have thought of extending the tunnel. http://stevecarter.com/random/rockfall.jpg

In case of stress, break glass (49 mb d/load, so will take a while, but it's 60 secs of stress busting Highland easing) : http://stevecarter.com/random/thebeach.mov

I've finally got round to looking at all the pics from Harris. Here's two: http://stevecarter.com/random/NHarris.jpg ~ and my fave beach http://stevecarter.com/random/NHarris2.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/16-6-14.jpg

Shieldaig in June is full of sunsets: http://stevecarter.com/random/JuneSet.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/14-6-14.jpg

Same view, six months ago and earlier this week: http://stevecarter.com/random/sixmonths.jpg

Guard Dog: http://stevecarter.com/random/GuardDog.htm

The hill and the pots: http://stevecarter.com/random/pots3.jpg

Des Res: http://stevecarter.com/random/DesRes.jpg

Cumulus, considering larging it up to cumulonimbus yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/10-6-2014.jpg

2 hrs into 8 seconds - time lapse of the tide going out this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/10june.mov

Looking down on the Kyle of Localsh railway line between Attadale and Stromeferry: http://stevecarter.com/random/AboveTheRails.jpg

The forest at Meall Ailean yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/MeallAilean.jpg (All we need is Hagrid's cottage)

Thousands of these orchids here at the moment. Far more than I've seen before: http://stevecarter.com/random/AnOrchid.jpg

1999 - 2014 celebrations > http://stevecarter.com/faves/faves.htm

The road to Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/ShieldaigRoad.jpg

At 04:15 this morning Charlie dog woke me as he wanted to go out for a wee. Either that or he wanted me to see this: http://stevecarter.com/random/7-6-14.jpg

Two of my photos in 'Outdoor Photography Magazine' today: http://stevecarter.com/random/marchsky.jpg & http://stevecarter.com/random/opm.jpg

Perfect weather for 'bog cotton' at the moment, so it's thriving: http://stevecarter.com/random/bogcottons.jpg

There's some wacky, misty, low cloudy stuff out there at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/5-6-14.jpg

The replacement 'Nanny's cafe and gift shop' in Shieldaig is only a couple of weeks away from opening: http://stevecarter.com/random/NewNannys.jpg

The forest at Allt an Dubh Is only 'dubh' (black/dark) when viewed from the far side of the loch. It's anything but dubh at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/dhubh.jpg

Last night's sunset, looking over Loch Shieldaig towards the Outer Hebrides: http://SteveCarter.com/random/3-06-14.jpg

Another of my 'photo paintings'. This one of the wood by Inverbain: http://stevecarter.com/random/painting1.jpg

Diabaig's answer to the information superhighway: http://stevecarter.com/random/www.jpg

Some clouds being born by Fasaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/cloudbirth.jpg

A couple of dodgy Shieldaig geezers:  http://stevecarter.com/random/johnpaul.jpg

Ben Shieldaig & Shieldaig Village yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/BenAndVillage.jpg

The last day of Spring 2014: http://stevecarter.com/random/LastOfSpring.jpg

This cheeky Pine Marten comes to the window to hassle us if we don't put out some custard creams at the right time: http://stevecarter.com/random/cheekymarten.jpg

Dog walking this morning. Done at 7 a.m. on the coast road there are no cars. At 11 a.m. (Whitsun week) Charlie would be squashed within minutes: http://stevecarter.com/random/30-5-14.jpg

Christine and Richard: http://stevecarter.com/random/FrostyBoat1.jpg

An example (as if one were needed) as to why my dog is the most useless guard dog ever, in the history of K9s: http://stevecarter.com/random/Useless.jpg

Torridon's rather quaint equivalent to a Tesco delivery: http://stevecarter.com/random/delightful.jpg

I took this a while ago but never got round to posting. Above the Kyle line in Strathcarron: http://stevecarter.com/random/StrathC.jpg

When Charlie met Daisy: http://stevecarter.com/random/DaisyDog.jpg

The forest on the north face of Ben Shieldaig yesterday:  http://stevecarter.com/random/Steep-Forest.jpg

The Seaflower by the Shieldaig pontoon this morning. Well worth taking a trip onto the loch if you're in the area: http://stevecarter.com/random/SF2014.jpg

The angle of the first rays of sunlight flattering Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/27-5-14.jpg

All aboard: http://stevecarter.com/random/boat2.jpg

Shot from different places, but of the same hills, these (partial segments of photos) show how the colour changes in just two months: http://stevecarter.com/random/ColourChange.jpg

The scenery does its level best to make you take your eyes off the road at this time of year: http://stevecarter.com/random/BentRoad.jpg

I've been saying for years that Diabaig needed a damn good cafe/restaurant. Happy to report that it's happened ! > http://stevecarter.com/random/GB.htm

Today is probably not the best day to visit Shieldaig if you want a quite drive in the country: http://stevecarter.com/random/traffic.jpg

This is the face Charlie pulls immediately before barking: http://stevecarter.com/random/AboutToBark.jpg

Over the past 7 years (from photo sales) we've microfinanced 182 third world 'start ups'. - Thanks to you all. Who to? > http://www.kiva.org/lender/steve9818

Scarastavore sounds like a pretty dodgy place, almost Tolkienesque... but actually: http://stevecarter.com/random/scarastavore.jpg

Good luck to Gille Brighde which opens today at 1 pm. http://stevecarter.com/random/gille.jpg

A young Pine Marten in two minds as to whether it's safe to come down: http://stevecarter.com/random/TreeMarten.jpg

Big sky here yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/BWSky.jpg

The fir trees in the forest here are showing their new growth. Easy to see how they do it! http://stevecarter.com/random/NewGrowth.jpg

Been doing some photos for National Trust. Holiday let Glen Cottage is nice http://stevecarter.com/random/gc1.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/gc2.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/gc3.jpg

This morning we are engulfed in harr: http://stevecarter.com/random/MayHarr.jpg

It's all yellow & green on the road to Fasaig at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/StraightRoad.jpg

Charlie thinking he's 'on guard' and working, but is in fact being bone idle: http://stevecarter.com/random/contemplation.jpg

Ug. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/pollencount.jpg

I apologise in advance: http://stevecarter.com/random/NoGulls.jpg

Here's a cheeky little waltz ditty that I wrote last year, but finally got round to recording last month in London. Cello solo by Nick Holland: http://stevecarter.com/random/cheeky.mp3

An impromptu crèche seems to have been set up on the outskirts of Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/creche.jpg

The Hills are turning green. Especially the bits that were on fire three years ago: http://stevecarter.com/random/MayHills.jpg In case you missed the fire: http://stevecarter.com/random/InCase.jpg

Glen Torridon looking pretty yesterday. Panoramic. Click on the photo to make it full size and use the slider to view: http://stevecarter.com/random/GTMay2014.jpg

Half an hour before sunrise this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/14-5-14.jpg

People ask why I get up at such a ridiculous hour at this time of year. Apart from the blissful silence, it's getting up to sights like this: http://stevecarter.com/random/13-5-14.jpg

One from last night's wacky sunset: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/May14Sunset2.jpg (looks like a poodle in the clouds?)

It's probably just me, but I don't think yachts should have so many flights of stairs: http://stevecarter.com/random/shedload.jpg

Pine Marten spots Charlie dog in our lounge - not difficult due to the barking! (photo taken through double glazing): http://stevecarter.com/random/DogSpot.jpg

Green transportation: http://stevecarter.com/random/bikehire.jpg

Loch Shieldaig, 5 a.m. this morning: http://SteveCarter.com/random/10-5-14.jpg

I don't know whether I'm coming or going: http://stevecarter.com/random/StopGo.jpg

Mr & Mrs Marten with Marten Jr. last night: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/pmfamily.jpg

Why is the BBC news background music in 'A minor' in Scotland, and 'Bb minor' in England. Is England a semitone higher, or Scotland a semitone lower?

The Hampshire is back in the loch. You can rent it 'per week' if you want. If you have to ask... http://stevecarter.com/random/hampshire.jpg

Everything is out (early), so I am now officially sneezing: http://stevecarter.com/random/broom.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/stamen.jpg

That's it then... I'll never retrieve Charlie: http://stevecarter.com/random/thatsit.jpg

Another favourite road. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/lochi.jpg ...mainly because of the hotel room that awaits at the end of it: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/upgrade.jpg

So much gorse this year: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/somuch.jpg

Principal violinist Balanescu, conductor Gavin and producer Borzoni, trying to decide which way up my music should be read: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/wrongwayup.jpg

My favourite road in the UK. Taken on Friday morning (in the rush hour). 10 minute, 65mb .mov file: http://stevecarter.com/random/inverkirkaig1.mov

Poor subject, lovely light: http://stevecarter.com/random/penh.jpg

6 a.m. on the beach yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/EarlyBeach.jpg

Lunch@Kylescu http://SteveCarter.com/random/may1-1.jpg p.m.@beach http://SteveCarter.com/random/may1-2.jpg Free upgrade@Lochinver http://SteveCarter.com/random/may1-3.jpg 24 hours well spent!

Tucking in: http://stevecarter.com/random/tuckin.jpg

New DVD with 200 photos and original music now for sale in the Torridon Cafe. £1 from each to the Howard Doris Centre http://stevecarter.com/random/NewCover.jpg

Seal doing a passable impression of a banana: http://stevecarter.com/random/seal14.jpg

The Easter tourists have left, so Glen Docherty returns to normal: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/GD14.jpg

Another lovely Spring day in Torridon yesterday: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/GTApril14.jpg

Live wires. (Excuse rubbish pic, it was taken through the car windscreen): http://stevecarter.com/random/LiveWires.jpg

Well if this doesn't take the biscuit: http://stevecarter.com/random/sneaky1.jpg

Looking West, where the Atlantic meets freshwater at the head of Loch Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/Face-West.jpg

Rhododendron burning by Loch Torridon continues: http://stevecarter.com/random/Burning.jpg

It's very still here this morning. (Looking over Loch Dughail down Glen Shieldaig) : http://stevecarter.com/random/25-4-14.jpg

Watching 'MasterChef' on BBC1 and I notice that when it all goes horribly wrong, they use my music. Not sure to be pleased or not. (Royalties aside) Clip >http://SteveCarter.com/random/MCC.MP3

By the road to Ardaneaskan: http://stevecarter.com/random/treetall.jpg

Cormorant eyes up potential threat from incoming Herring Gull: http://stevecarter.com/random/cross1.jpg

As you lot probably know this page mirrors (almost) my Twitter feed. Twitter have started weekly 'stats'. Interesting to see that there are lots of twits out there! http://stevecarter.com/random/2448.jpg

Can anyone else hear Vangelis in the background? http://stevecarter.com/random/ChariotsOfFire.jpg

I thought I'd better check to see how the remix of my last album was going: http://stevecarter.com/random/sprice.jpg

Talking of birds. We just heard the first cuckoo across the loch - 4 days earlier than last year, and the year before: http://stevecarter.com/random/cuckoo.mp3

Lovely though they are, at 4:30 a.m. right outside the bedroom window, Oystercatchers can be a tad loud: http://stevecarter.com/random/oc.mp3

Easter is time to clean the windows. Much more problematic than my last house. Now time to reflect. http://stevecarter.com/random/cleanwindows.jpg

Everyone's asleep: http://stevecarter.com/random/asleep.jpg

Where the river meets the sea at Kinloch, Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/EasterSunday14.jpg

Went to a lovely housewarming yesterday here: http://stevecarter.com/random/HW1.jpg- not too shabby a view from the decking either: http://stevecarter.com/random/HW.jpg

Driving down Glen Shieldaig yesterday. Music recorded earlier this month with RSVP voices: http://stevecarter.com/random/Easter14.mov (35mb)

Two new builds on the front in Shieldaig (inc. Nanny's shop), and the Seaflower ready to take tourists out to sea: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/Easter14.jpg

Caught in the act: http://stevecarter.com/random/CCnick.jpg

A lost house: http://stevecarter.com/random/LostHouse.jpg

All very 'Scottish Highlands': http://stevecarter.com/random/HotelCoo.jpg

Next time you're in the area, visit Hannah's excellent 'Patterns of Light': http://stevecarter.com/random/POL.jpg

This is where Charlie hides when it's time to be brushed: http://stevecarter.com/random/hide.jpg

Daisy: http://stevecarter.com/random/springs.jpg

Sea, seaweed and sand: http://stevecarter.com/random/SomeSand.jpg

Taking the pizz: http://stevecarter.com/random/odd.mp3 (3.8 mb MP3)

It took our neighbours 17 months to get from this: http://stevecarter.com/random/murray1.jpg to this: http://stevecarter.com/random/murrayLast.jpg - They arrive today.

Bright idea. (Sorry): http://stevecarter.com/random/BrightIdea.jpg

Imagine what this semi detached would fetch if it had off street parking: http://stevecarter.com/random/SillyPrice.jpg

This bloke really knows what he's doing. Hire him: http://stevecarter.com/random/NickCello.jpg

One of the less busy bits of roads in the North West Highlands: http://stevecarter.com/random/gout.jpg

It's all 'yellow and brown' out there at the moment: http://stevecarter.com/random/14gorse.jpg

The ongoing rhododendron cull has massively changed the landscape here (for the better), but this is your last chance to see: http://stevecarter.com/random/rods1.jpg which will be gone by tomorrow.

Video of one of the tracks being recorded last week for WCPM in Angel Studio One - Steve Price (engineer)  MONSTER as always: http://stevecarter.com/random/IntoWinter.mov

I recorded something two ways whilst in London. Do you prefer voices: http://stevecarter.com/random/prefer1.mp3 or strings? http://stevecarter.com/random/prefer2.mp3 (short clip). Can't decide.

Back from t'smog. T'was this: http://stevecarter.com/random/wk1.jpg then lots of this: http://stevecarter.com/random/wk2.jpg then lots of this: http://stevecarter.com/random/wk3.jpg

There will now be a short break as I have to do some work (it does happen ocassionally ). For a Highland pic fix > http://stevecarter7824.zenfolio.com/p382310474 and click on 'SLIDESHOW'

Panoramic of the Torridon hills, taken a few days ago (before this nasty air from the south arrived!) Need fresh air! http://stevecarter.com/random/LochPan.jpg

A fishing trawler on the Inner Sound, with the Isle of Raasay, and the Isle of Skye in the background: http://stevecarter.com/random/trawler.jpg

That nasty Saharan haze is being blown up here. Still, one can always do this: http://SteveCarter.com/random/MarchHaze.jpg

Shieldaig Loch & Village ~ end of March 2014: http://stevecarter.com/random/VillageMarch14.jpg

Some houses and a hill: http://stevecarter.com/random/2houses.jpg

Local Heros Rab (deliveries) & Finky (snow plough) can be seen in this photograph, and in all weathers coming over the Bealach: http://stevecarter.com/random/2heros.jpg

Really low tides at present. I would normally be waist deep in Loch Kishorn Atlantic Ocean standing here: http://stevecarter.com/random/LowTideAchintraid.jpg

Part of the drive back from the pub yesterday. Small video file:  http://stevecarter.com/random/PubRunsSmall.mov (4mb)  Big file: http://stevecarter.com/random/PubRunLarge.mov (84mb)

Loch Torridon & the Torridon Hills yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/MarchSky.jpg

Just before I leave for the beach... had to take this, the loch was looking so lovely: http://stevecarter.com/random/26-3-14.jpg

Blue sky and low tide. Means just one thing.... I'm off > http://stevecarter.com/random/NiceSand.jpg

It's obviously 'Big Sky Day' here, and someone neglected to tell us: http://SteveCarter.com/random/bsd.jpg

I've built a new gallery. 200 photos of the Scottish Highlands to view (as a slideshow) 80 to buy : http://stevecarter7824.zenfolio.com/

I stopped off at Achanalt station yesterday morning. It was heaving: http://stevecarter.com/random/KyleLine.jpg

Tricky driving over the hill this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/GD22-3-14.jpg ... but worth it to see sunrise on the other side: http://stevecarter.com/random/22-3-2014.jpg

A heavy shower and rainbow move in tandem, west to east, down the length of Loch Torridon: http://stevecarter.com/random/MarchShowers.jpg

Looking across Upper Loch Torridon just now: http://stevecarter.com/random/MarchSun.jpg

Storm force winds last night. Five power cuts and the village has been rearranging itself: http://stevecarter.com/random/20-3-14.jpg

I knew my unspent pocket money would come in handy one day: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/3d.jpg

Freshly baked cheese scones at the Torridon cafe this morning. Mmmmm. http://stevecarter.com/random/scones.jpg

North / South divide? http://stevecarter.com/random/groats.jpg

From Inverbain, looking across the loch towards Beinn Alligin: http://stevecarter.com/random/invertree.jpg

Today marks the turning point. More light than dark for the next 6 months. Yippee. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/1202.jpg

Strome Castle (Lochcarron) with Plockton in the background, and a bemused dog wondering why he has to sit still in the foreground: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/WhyDoesHe.jpg

A friend of ours being eaten by a badger: http://stevecarter.com/random/badger.jpg

March can't make up its mind: http://stevecarter.com/random/minds.jpg

Other dogs chase cats or sheep. Ours chases 4x4s: http://stevecarter.com/random/chase.jpg

The 2014 Shieldaig booklet is now for sale in the shop. A 'whole bunch' of my photos inside. http://stevecarter.com/random/14book.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/14book2.jpg

The house on the hill in Sutherland: http://stevecarter.com/random/HOHBW.jpg

Talking of clever, If I was, I'd think of some clever title for this. 'Nature's Shadow' or some such. Luckily I'm not remotely arty, or clever, so I won't. http://stevecarter.com/random/RustyShed.jpg

There's more than one line in the sand (sorry, that's a bit clever): http://stevecarter.com/random/SandMarks.jpg

You know what I think? I think this is going to fall over: http://stevecarter.com/random/FallOver.jpg

We had a lovely stay in the Kylescu Hotel last night. Fab food and a seriously comfy bed. Recommended: http://stevecarter.com/random/kyles1.jpg

Stac Pollaidh this morning (spot the post van!): http://stevecarter.com/random/StacPollaidh.jpg

I just drove 100 miles in plus or minus 100 minutes. I'll let you decide if it was plus or minus: http://stevecarter.com/random/100mins.jpg

Looking out over the loch towards the Minch, it's as if winter never happened: http://stevecarter.com/random/Spring2014.jpg

The loch on Saturday: http://stevecarter.com/random/blow.jpg ~ The loch today: http://stevecarter.com/random/MoreLikeIt.jpg

Here comes the sun: http://stevecarter.com/random/RR3-14.jpg

5 bedroom house with views to die for, for sale. Details: http://www.benview-alligin.co.uk/Benview.html

My 2014 updated 'four season's' book is now available to buy in the building shown on the cover: http://stevecarter.com/random/T4s.jpg

Position of choice: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/tickle.jpg

The Torridon Hotel as it was. (Well, as it was at 07:30 this morning): http://www.stevecarter.com/random/lthmarch.jpg

This is the exact spot where the crazy triathletes will start their 5 a.m. swim in the Celtman 'extreme' in June: http://stevecarter.com/random/InverbainWalks.jpg

Taken a while back, but never posted here. I'd like to tell you what this structure is (was) at 'Ob Gorm Mor' on Loch Torridon, but have no idea. http://stevecarter.com/random/bays.jpg

Not much call for lawn mowers in the village of Fasaig. The back gardens are a tad bumpy: http://SteveCarter.com/random/FasaigFriend.jpg

I ignore calendars. Spring started today (March 3rd) as the Song Thrush started singing: Audio: http://stevecarter.com/random/thrush1.mp3 ~ Photo: http://stevecarter.com/random/thrush.jpg

Snowdrop droplet: http://stevecarter.com/random/droplet.jpg

Dawn over Loch a' Chroisg this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-3-14.jpg

There are some wacky colours here at the moment. The sea is trying it's best to be iridescent : http://stevecarter.com/random/colourloch.jpg

The A896 heads towards Beinn Alligin: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/A896road.jpg

3 months work, manuscripts for 22 musicians to perform 18 tracks & over 3 hours of audio. All on this. How times change. http://stevecarter.com/random/3months.jpg

The view from the 'wee bothy' by Loch Torridon yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/25-2-14.jpg

You can tell spring is coming, the birds are all playing 'look at me': http://stevecarter.com/random/tit2014.jpg ~  http://stevecarter.com/random/finch2014.jpg

Just saw this sand on the road and thought for a moment that my dog had been run over: http://stevecarter.com/random/squashed.jpg

Artichouse, the Finish co. that supplied the logs for my house, are doing a feature on it: http://stevecarter.com/random/artics.jpg  ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/artics2.jpg

I've been in the forest of very tall trees again: http://stevecarter.com/random/veryverytalltrees.jpg

We've had a bit of rain here lately: http://stevecarter.com/random/febwet.jpg

Proper fireplace - to be found in Tommy's guesthouse in Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/fireplace.jpg

Upper Loch Torridon and the Torridon Hills yesterday afternoon: http://stevecarter.com/random/19-2-14.jpg

You can all decide on your own caption: http://stevecarter.com/random/GullChats.jpg

The Siskins have arrived again. Same date as last year: http://stevecarter.com/random/siskin.jpg

I just got an e mail: "Night of psychic entertainment, mediumship and clairvoyance. Kinlochewe village hall from 7.30 p.m." I guessed as much.

I got this far up the hill, but decided it was probably time to knock it on the head, whilst I still had one: http://stevecarter.com/random/TimeToStop.jpg

Looking over Loch Kishorn at the weekend. You can see why the road over the top was closed: http://stevecarter.com/random/Kishorn2014.jpg

A sunny Sunday short sharp Shieldaig shower: http://stevecarter.com/random/SundayShower.jpg

Today's weather: http://stevecarter.com/random/16-2-14.jpg

The new look Nannys shop in Shieldaig, which needs both a roof and an apostrophe. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/nannyfeb14.jpg

Russell Burn yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/russel2014.jpg

Loch Coire Nan Arr this morning. As far as I could get as the road up the Bealach was closed from there: http://stevecarter.com/random/14-2-14.jpg

The road to Kinloch Damph yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/snowroad.jpg

The black bits in Glen Shieldaig were more slippery that the white bits this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/snow14.jpg

Glen Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/12-2-14.jpg

I was 'photobombed' by white van man: http://stevecarter.com/random/spotthecar.jpg

Beautiful here yet again today, though it was a bit parky this morning by Balgy Lodge, under Ben Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/BalgyLodge.jpg

Charlie dog on a dog walk doing his catwalk walk: http://stevecarter.com/random/ponse.jpg

I made Tommy (local guest house owner) a 'wee' webpage to bring him into the 1990s: http://ShieldaigGuestHouse.co.uk

It was raining on one side of my house and sunny on the other. 2+2= http://stevecarter.com/random/IslandRainbow.jpg (B.T.W. 09.02.14 Happy birthday page - three years old today).

A Treecreeper considering changing the habit of a lifetime: http://stevecarter.com/random/TreeCreeper.jpg

Glen Torridon this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/7-2-14.jpg

Having been watching the weather down south it's been almost embarrassingly good here recently: http://stevecarter.com/random/weathers.jpg

The new Nanny's shop getting some serious Tonka treatment today. http://stevecarter.com/random/nannyroof.jpg

The top of the Bealach yesterday morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/4-2-14.jpg

Whilst we're on the subject of cattle: http://stevecarter.com/random/coobackside.jpg

Some winter sunshine on the 'Pass of the Cattle': http://stevecarter.com/random/CattlePass.jpg

This is the lowest tide I've ever seen on Loch Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/HowLow.jpg

Kelso House by Strathcarron yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/kelso.jpg

Last one from Raasay. The final CalMac ferry crossing of the day arrives from Skye: http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayFerry.jpg

I know what you're thinking: http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayS2.jpg

In case you didn't know, Calum unsuccessfully tried to get a road built to his house on Raasay, so over 10 years he built one, with this wheelbarrow! http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayS3.jpg

Thanks to RaasayHouse  for a lovely stay in the refurbished hotel: http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayHotel.jpg ~ Some view from our room! http://stevecarter.com/random/RaasayHotel3.jpg

How do you get a cinema on and off a Hebridean Island like Raasy? Answer: http://stevecarter.com/random/ScreenMachine2Small.jpg &  http://stevecarter.com/random/ScreenMachineSmall.jpg

Nanny's shop ver. 2.0 is starting to take shape: http://stevecarter.com/random/nannysjan14.jpg John (in shot) hopes to have it up and running for the summer season.

Shieldaig 'High Street' today: http://stevecarter.com/random/ShieldaigJan14.jpg

Today's weather (looking across Loch Torridon towards Beinn Alligin) : http://stevecarter.com/random/28-1-14.jpg

This bit of rock shows itself off when the sun is low (this, yesterday late p.m.). Boffins say it's over 1,000,000,000 years old. That's a hell of a lot of zeros! http://stevecarter.com/random/27-1-14.jpg

Charlie attempting to look neat and tidy, but failing miserably: http://stevecarter.com/random/CharlieJan14.jpg

I've just provided about 20 photos for the 2014 Shieldaig Booklet. Here are a few of them. Click on the photo to enlarge: http://stevecarter.com/random/ShViews.jpg

You may have seen how the artics delivering my log house got stuck: http://www.stevecarter.com/build/stuck1.jpg From this angle you can see why! >> http://www.stevecarter.com/random/steeproads.jpg

Due to the height of the hills here, it's at the top of Glen Shieldaig, just before you dip down towards Kishorn that you see the sunrise first: http://stevecarter.com/random/TopOfTheGlen.jpg

Is it just me or does this look like Justin Bieber? http://stevecarter.com/random/eyebombing3.jpg

Looking towards the Bealach yesterday. Still very little snow for mid winter: http://stevecarter.com/random/jan14bealach.jpg

Apocalyptic looking hailstorm traveling down Glen Shieldaig earlier. Once in it, visibility was so poor I had to stop the car: http://stevecarter.com/random/apocalyptic.jpg

It's looking very Scottish Highlands here: http://www.stevecarter.com/random/jan14.jpg

Farmers think Sea Eagles will kill small children. Better lock up your daughters folks: link to their article here Yikes! http://stevecarter.com/random/baby-and-eagle.jpg

Well there's a thing. I've never seen Shieldaig (population +/-100) located on a weather forecast map before: http://stevecarter.com/random/weatherforecast.jpg

Looking forward to a short stay at http://www.raasay-house.co.uk/raasay-accommodation-near-skye/ next week. Recently refurbished, it looks lovely.

Yesterday's hail storm just missing Shieldaig and traveling down Upper Loch Torridon (behind the hill in the foreground). http://stevecarter.com/random/jan14rainbow.jpg

More crazy January light out there today (and yes, that's 5 herons over the loch): http://stevecarter.com/random/crazy.jpg

Talking of Cormorants, which we're not, but I was yesterday.... this one looks very pleased with his aquisition! http://stevecarter.com/random/cormorantbuoy.jpg

Out fishing in Loch ShieldaIg (It's like water off a Cormorant's back) : http://stevecarter.com/random/cormorant2014.jpg

Seagulls attempting to muscle in on the Shieldaig flock's breakfast. (Either that or something spooky is going on) : http://stevecarter.com/random/nickers.jpg

Right hand down a bit: http://stevecarter.com/random/RHD.jpg

Jackson. Destroyer of sticks. http://stevecarter.com/random/JacksonTheDestroyer.jpg

January is usually either white or grey, but this year it's very colourful. Shieldaig Village yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/TheVillage.jpg Click on the photo to make full size and use the slider to view.

Loch Dughail, 10 minutes before sunrise this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/16-1-14.jpg

Two freshly washed, very clean cars, and one dog ready to undo all the good work: http://stevecarter.com/random/2cars1dog.jpg

Just got hold of an 1873 map of Torridon. 100 years before there was a road to my house! Small: http://stevecarter.com/random/1873small.jpg BIG (5mb):  http://stevecarter.com/random/1873BIG.jpg

It can be dark and raining everywhere, but Shieldaig Island seems to be a sun magnet: http://stevecarter.com/random/SI1.jpg

The Torridon Hills - Beinn Alligin to Ben Sheildaig as viewed from Inverbain yesterday. Click on the photo & use the slider to view full size: stevecarter.com/random/13-1-14-pan.jpg

The 'wee bothy', the Torridon Hills and the track linking Annat with Balgy - once the main thoroughfare: http://stevecarter.com/random/bothy2014.jpg

I think the Pine Martens had a 2nd litter last year. We don't usually have a kit here in Jan. This young one is NOT liking the camera either! http://stevecarter.com/random/2014kit.jpg (dusk, so dodgy photo)

Spectacular sunrise over Kinloch, by Loch Shieldaig this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/12-1-14.jpg

Looking over the loch from above the forest at Allt an Dubh just now: http://stevecarter.com/random/FromHome.jpg

Low tide at Achintraid this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/11-1-14.jpg

The top of Beinn Damh yesterday. 2,962 ft and not a snowflake in sight. Unusual for January. http://www.stevecarter.com/random/BeinnDamh2014.jpg

Loch Shieldaig is currently lit like a stage set: http://stevecarter.com/random/StageSet.jpg

It's a little wet deer: http://stevecarter.com/random/WetDeer.jpg

I finally got round to organising the Torridon  photos, indexed by years: http://www.stevecarter.com/latest/latesttorridon.htm

Someone is 'eyebombing' Shieldaig: http://stevecarter.com/random/eyebombing2.jpg ~ http://stevecarter.com/random/eyebombing.jpg Keep your eyes peeled!

Wellington's nose, looking like... er... Wellington's nose: http://stevecarter.com/random/wnose.jpg

Off topic, but thought I'd share. This was our second Beardie, who lived his entire life on springs. We named him 'Bisto', as he was brown and thick. http://stevecarter.com/random/flydog.jpg

We walk Charlie round the back of the Torridon. Inside, he then gets a biscuit. Try explaining to a dog the concept 'closed'! http://stevecarter.com/random/indignation.jpg He understands 'indignation' mind.

The lone guardian of the Shieldaig campsite: http://stevecarter.com/random/EmptyCampsite.jpg

Here we go again: http://stevecarter.com/random/HereWeGoAgain.jpg

The coast road to Applecross yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/StraightRoads.jpg ~ and a short video of said road I made last spring: http://stevecarter.com/random/drives.mov

Loch Torridon just after sunrise yesterday: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-1-2014.jpg

Sand on Sand Beach this morning: http://stevecarter.com/random/SandBumps.jpg

Early morning. Sand Beach. New Year's Day 2014: http://stevecarter.com/random/1-1-14.jpg - Happy new year.