Range of Light

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A week in Scotland at the end of August gave me the chance to revisit some old haunts around Stirling and the Trossachs.  I am reminded that the light in Scotland is not quite like anywhere where else; a seemingly flat grey, monochrome landscape can suddenly be transformed as the “God rays”, like giant spotlights, burst through the cloud to add drama and potency to the landscape.

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The ancient pictish hillfort of Dundarn by Comrie looked particularly atmospheric in the low-level evening sunlight. I am reminded of Stuart Adamson’s song “Eileden” or Runrig’s “Heart’s of Olden Glory” about a mythical place where legends and heroes are reborn.

These are hills that I first explored as a young man but which still possess an enormous power and energy for me; like John Muir’s Sierra Nevada, these were my first “Range of Light”. It’s all too easy to forget this on a dreich, damp Scottish day – until suddenly the sun comes bursting through and the legends are once again reborn.

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