Magazine article Geographical

These Windy Spaces

Magazine article Geographical

These Windy Spaces

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In these extracts from Scotland's Finest Landscapes, the luxurious new collector's edition of panoramas taken throughout his career, photographer Colin Prior gives an insight into how each image came to be captured

ABOVE: River North Esk, Glen Esk, Gannochy. 'Close to Gannochy Bridge, the river North Esk cuts its way through a deep sandstone gorge known as 'The Loups'--so named as the salmon are required to 'loup' before continuing their passage upstream. Photographed in a deep cleft, which I consider to be one of the most dramatic sections of the river, I was drawn to the vibrancy of the green lichen covering the pink sandstone walls and to the hues of ochre and saffron of the beech and larch trees beyond'

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ABOVE: Bidean nam Bian and Buachaille Etive Mor, from Ben Starav, Glen Etive, Highland. 'My father and I climbed to the summit of Ben Starav at the head of Loch Etive on 3 November, 1990. This was my first serious attempt at shooting from a mountaintop at sunset and the weather had been challenging all day. From the summit I could see out to the west a clear band of sky and eventually the sun dropped clear of the cloud and the landscape exploded with colour, its muted palette transformed by a golden radiance that glorified everything in its path. Above the snow-covered peaks of Glencoe, two golden eagles soared into the golden luminance and etched the moment in my memory forever'

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ABOVE: Basalt Columns, Canna, Small Isles, Highland. …

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