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Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 18 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Of the 450 or so snaps I took on our nine day visit to Scotland this is one of my favourites. I'm not really quite sure why, I just feel the combination of things in the image gel somehow. Anyway this is further on down the mountain heading roughly West.

NIKON D70s 1/320 second F/10.0 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

k@ from Paris, France

Like a gray elephant with 2 tiny animals on his neck - how great !

18 Sep 2009 10:37am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

It's a great shot, shows the daring of your party!

18 Sep 2009 10:54am

rem_la from Villiers, France

il ne reste plus qu'à sauter ........................avec un detlta plane bien sur

18 Sep 2009 11:03am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Oh the beauty and texture of the rocks contrasting against the patchwork heather in the background. Another glorious shot.
In response to what you asked yesterday...(stop now if it's all too boring!!)
I would suppose too that it is granite..the layers you see could either just be a weathering pattern fooling us into making it look like sedimentary rocks (more so in yesterday's shot than the gorgeous one above)..or it could have been subjected to a bit of metamorphic pressure in the past so the minerals in the granite have slightly aligned..meaning that any weathering taking place is more likely to weather in layers as you see. It's been years since I studied rocks in detail - I'd need to get me 'ammer out and give it a good old bash to investigate further! The shot above does not look so layered as yesterday's so it makes me doubt the metamorphic theory..I think it's just weathering of extremely old rock..(old even in 'rock years'). Right I'm off for a lie down now my brain cells aren't up to this anymore! Have a good week end!

18 Sep 2009 11:09am

@MrsAmber: Thanks Mrs A. That is truly erudite and understandable. Full marks for the explanation.

Marion from Cincinnati, United States

Incredible - truly! I can understand that you like this shot so much! It is magnificent! :)

18 Sep 2009 11:10am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

No kidding, my gosh this is fabulous, the beauty in this world never stops amazing me...I know I say that a lot, but it's so true, and where oh where would we be without photographers...

18 Sep 2009 1:19pm

Don from spokane, United States

This is an impressive shot for its rugged beauty, the grandeur of the landscape, and the imminent risk the individuals are enjoying! :-) A very eye-catching image. Well done.

18 Sep 2009 1:19pm

Tammy-Cricket from somewhere out there, United States

This is just one stunning image. I can only imagine standing this high!

18 Sep 2009 1:37pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

FABULOUS scene and perfect shot !

18 Sep 2009 2:10pm

Reno from Madrid, Spain

GREAT picture! perhaps you specialy like this one because of the contrast between the small man and the greatness of the landscape...This rock records me an egyptian sphinx face.

18 Sep 2009 2:24pm

@Reno: The people are certainly important ( as relatives and friends as well as to the picture) and I had to dash the shot off to get them where they were, which to my eyes, is serendipitously poised. Lucky timing. The picture existed (as most do) for only a split second.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Don't jump! Wonderful shot - composition, interest, depth, etc.

18 Sep 2009 2:26pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

I notice the repeating pattern of "V's". best...jerry

18 Sep 2009 2:28pm

@ordinaryimages: That would be 'V' for vertigo ;)

Manel from Girona, Spain

Thanks a lot for the explanations and to share this awesome piture whit us. Exellent photo 5*

18 Sep 2009 2:55pm

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

These rocks are impressive. I like this framing with the human figures against that beautiful sky.

18 Sep 2009 4:50pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I've enjoyed looking at this series of shots. Well done! Lovely lighting.

18 Sep 2009 5:04pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Grouse,
sometimes you have to do a lot of photos to the right decision. You can be proud of this recording. It is again shown very perfect. I am very pleased, to be able to see it. Dear greetings Christel

18 Sep 2009 6:44pm

Aurore from Pekin, France

Impressive mountains, and point of view certainly. So gorgous with people just at the right place. Excellent !

18 Sep 2009 6:52pm

m_zeinab from tehran, Iran

Work is very beautiful
Be successful

18 Sep 2009 9:22pm

gavin hart from Gold Coast, Australia

The inclusion of the figures does wonders for scale and the scariness of this dramatic scene. I like the depth and richness of the sky. The image captures altitude, distance and drama. Scotland looks like a great photo location.

18 Sep 2009 11:26pm

Mary from PA, United States

Wowwhat a rock formation...very interesting. Nice capture with the people where they are..

19 Sep 2009 2:27am

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

I can't get over the rock. No vegetation on it. And the layers. Thanks Mrs A. for the narrative. Great shot Grouser. It definatley is a conversation generator.

19 Sep 2009 4:37am

Sriram from Chennai, India

wow! superb...

19 Sep 2009 5:27am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What an enchanting place! I wonder what the view from up there must be.

19 Sep 2009 7:13am

laur from Clermont-Ferrand, France

Magnifique !

19 Sep 2009 7:31am

alireza from tehran, Iran

nice rock
peaple on the rock make it different from other photos like this
again the clouds........

19 Sep 2009 8:42am

Xerophytes from London, United Kingdom

Hmm... i should unleash my scotland pics too! LOL. Scotland is really a beautiful place.

19 Sep 2009 9:48am

Gilbert from Manila, Philippines

wow..your very adventurous! very nice!

19 Sep 2009 12:05pm

*MЯG* from Tehran, Iran

its great

19 Sep 2009 3:48pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States


19 Sep 2009 7:46pm

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

If they reached up they could grab those clouds....that's how this makes me feel. Amazing!!!!!!

19 Sep 2009 8:52pm

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

An AMAZING shot! I love the colours. The clouds are simply beautiful!

19 Sep 2009 10:35pm

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

it's a testament to the curiosity of humans.
and also a little bit how like clouds we are...

20 Sep 2009 1:33am

Lorna from Regina, Canada

A favorite indeed. I love how they give perspective to how massive the landscape is.

20 Sep 2009 7:07am

Hassan from Tehran, Iran

great shot. love to be there with those climbers

21 Sep 2009 4:49am

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

STUNNING -- faaabulous forms, wonderfully exotic locale... a 5 star image!!

21 Sep 2009 3:25pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Spectacular!

22 Sep 2009 10:46pm

Lesley from Lincoln, United States

I think it shows just how small man really is. Fabulous shot!

23 Sep 2009 11:02am

1/320 second
27 mm (35mm equiv.)