This is not a photographic practice day for me but nonetheless I decide to visit the loch.  It is forecast to be misty, so I take a look before first light and while the moon is still high in the sky.  It is very cold (about -4), but nonetheless, I am somewhat surprised to see the surface of the loch shimmering with a coating of ice.  A coot breaks cover (surprised by the early morning visitor) as I approach the small beach-like area to gain a closer look at the conditions and the photographic opportunities.

Winter Impressions 101 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 102 – Alison Price, January 2021

I walk carefully down to the water’s edge and am fascinated by the patterns formed by the ice.  The natural creations change constantly as the water moves underneath.  The ice gurgles and cracks as I start to take some images.

Winter Impressions 103 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 104 – Alison Price, January 2021

The moon reflects its bright rays in the water and reminds me of Derrida’s words about searching for the crevice through which a glimmer might be glimpsed.

Winter Impressions 105 – Alison Price, January 2021

It is still dark, so I use the 50mm lens and barely have the light to shoot without a tripod, but I do not want to be encumbered by a heavy load.

I change to my 70-200mm lens as the light improves and am fascinated by the intersection where the base of the reeds is locked solid by the ice.  It reminds me of the fragility of these delicate stems and indeed the Island itself, buffeted by harsh and changing weather fronts.  As the water shifts underneath the ice it continues to crack like a pistol firing.

Winter Impressions 106 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 107 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 108 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 109 – Alison Price, January 2021

As I focus on my work, the light pink rays of early morning peep over the Black Cuillin and light up the loch.

Winter Impressions 110 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 111 – Alison Price, January 2021

The reflections of the surrounding Red Cuillin Hills, topped with snow, are forcing their way through the opaque surface, but not as clear as they are on a still day.

Winter Impressions 112 – Alison Price, January 2021

Winter Impressions 113 – Alison Price, January 2021

As I leave, the loch is bathed in an orange glow, giving the icy water an oil-like quality.

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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