Photographer's Note

Isle of Skye - The Quirang is a fascinating rock formation on the Trotternish peninsula on Skye. It is approximately two miles north west of Staffin and six miles south east of Rubha Hunish. The Quiraing is a spectacular landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The whole of the Trotternish Ridge escarpment was formed by a great series of landslips; the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving, the road at its base near Flodigarry requires repairs each year.

The Trotternish Ridge lies on Skye's northernmost peninsula known as Trotternish. The northernmost summit on this ridge is known as the Quirang which has a fantastic maze of pinnacles, cliffs and flat grass tables that were formed by an ancient landslide of biblical proportions. From below these cliffs look huge, upon closer inspection you find many intricacies - scree slopes provide entrances to reveal an intricate maze of deep chasms and huge rock walls.

While looking at my photostream lately I realized I that hardly post any photos with any green color in them. No surprise I guess as there is hardly anything green in the Middle East. As I'm starting to prepare next trip to Scotland this June I went through some last year photos. Those of you that think that you'll come to Isle of Skye and you'll be welcomed by light like this, might be disappointed. You can get your share of rain rather than this wonderful light. Even thought the plan was to hike for one whole day around Quirang, the reality was that due to the weather condition we had only one early morning with such a wonderful light. I nearly didn't have enough strength to get out of bed after several days of late night shooting and early mornings. Mind you that sunset is around 11PM and sunrise around 4AM in June, you can imagine how much sleep you get when always try to capture the best light. Landscape photography is not an easy job, but with results like this it is definitely worth it.

PENTAX K20D, f/6.7, 0.017 sec (1/60), ISO 100, 14 mm

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