Admiring the Universe - a fine-art photographer based in Perthshire, Scotland, with interests in landscape, nature and astrophotography

Loch Gynack: Landscape Exploitation

Loch Gynack: Landscape Exploitation
Nestling between the imaginatively named Creag Mor and Creag Bheag lies Loch Gynack, a shimmering pool of silver-blue on an overcast grey day.

The scene tells its tale of land managed for maximum exploitation: the only natural native woodland is a small section of birch trees along the south side of the loch where rocks have fallen down the hillside; the rest of the area is a desert of heather and bearberry/wild thyme (typical of a grouse shooting estate); other trees are obvious plantations, either a few remaining standing or a recently felled area already being forced to regrow another generation. Toward the bottom of the frame, the former township of Auchtuchle is totally overgrown with heather and bracken with nothing but a couple of boulders and some undulating land suggestive of lazy bed farming visible. Through all this, harsh paths cut hard lines.

The default question should be: this land could be 20m deep in Scots Pine trees; why is it not?


Camera: Hasselblad L1D-20c ISO: 100
Focal Length: 10.3mm (28mm-e) Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 0.05s


GPS location: 57.086894, -4.086597