With six 60th anniversaries of national parks over the last two years culminating with the North York Moors in November and my visit in September I have completely missed the 10th anniversary of the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs NationalPark. How could I have forgotten, particularly when it was the first national park in Scotland designated on 24th April 2002? I managed to visit and photograph four of the six national parks in their anniversary years but unfortunately, my last visit to Loch Lomond and The Trossachs was in the early Autumn of 2009. Scenery very rarely changes particularly in the national parks so I don’t think it would do any harm to use my favourite and very popular images from that visit to wish a belated happy anniversary to the park.
This image was captured on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in the Rowardennan area. In fact, you can just see the Rowardennan Lodge in the background. An amazing tree well placed to provide framing and foreground detail and even with a perfectly placed branch giving a nice lead into that magnificent view up the loch.
My second image shows Loch Katrine captured from the northeastern shoreline a short walk from the Trossachs Pier with the wonderful Autumn colours reflecting in the waters of the loch. Although I find the colours particularly pleasing I also feel the texture on the foreground water surface compares well with the wispy clouds in the sky.
Many people say that my final image makes them feel dizzy which I can understand but others find it “very impressive and beautiful”, “fantastic”, “outstanding”. It shows the boathouses at the extreme eastern end of Loch Ard and was captured from the pathway along the southern shoreline. I really like it but then I would having been drawn by the view and its reflections. The inclusion of the boathouses for me makes the difference by providing a break and focal point in all those colours and reflections. I would be interested to hear others thoughts.
I hope you have enjoyed my belated short celebration of the anniversary of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and thank them for helping to make my trip so enjoyable by continuing to protect such an amazing landscape.