Guest Blog: Loch Lomond Photography Inspiration
Does Loch Lomond inspire you to take photographs of its landscapes and stunning natural views?
In this guest blog Susanne Arbuckle (ButeifulBute on Twitter) shares her love of Loch Lomond and tells us how its natural beauty inspires her photography.
Like many others I find it hard to pass through Loch Lomond without getting my camera out.
There is something about the place that makes you want to stop, take in the moment and capture a scene that to many epitomizes Scotland.
It may be because it's a place where the Lowlands dramatically merge into the Highlands, it may be the way the surrounding landscape is mirrored across the surface of the water, whatever it is, there is something very photogenic about Loch Lomond.
On a still day the distinctive form of Ben Lomond commands over the surrounding mountain peaks and casts a perfect reflection in the glassy loch below. On a stormy day the grey clouds hang ominously over the mountain tops, obscuring the view and changing the mood entirely.
The loch itself makes up part of the much bigger Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park, which covers about 700 square miles of contrasting landscape. Woodland, forests, picturesque villages and an abundance of wildlife provide plenty of photo opportunities away from the bonnie, bonnie banks themselves.
I often stop at Inveruglas visitor centre and cafe on the northwest side of the loch which has lovely panoramic views and is a great place for taking pictures.
One of my favourite places to photograph away from the loch is at the northern boundary of the park looking up the West Highland Way as it stretches from Tyndrum to Bridge of Orchy. This is a dramatic spot surrounded by mountains which looks particularly breathtaking covered in snow.
From hour to hour, day to day and season to season the ever changing picture postcard Scottish scenery makes Loch Lomond an interesting and sometimes challenging place to photograph.
I have taken some of my favourite images there and it is a place I will never tire of returning to, with or without my camera.
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