Truly, Scotland shows all four seasons in one day, and if you have a little patience and a car, you can witness the extremes within a short amount of time.
During a field trip on my Conservation Biology MSc course we went from spring to winter at a gradient of 50 mph from shore to mountain top, and it was incredible. I witnessed some beautiful natural and semi natural habitats of Scotland, steaming with wildlife for those with the patience to look for it.
Sites we visited were Loch of the Lowes, Blair Atholl Estate, Insh Marshes, Loch Garten, Cairngorm Mountain Trail, Killicrankie and St. Abb’s Head. Two nights were spent at the Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel in Glenmore.
Among others, wild animal species that appeared on the field course and that are also in these pictures if you look closely, were red squirrel, osprey, pheasant, rabbit, gold finch, chaffinch, guillemot, fulmar, razorbill, green finch, kittiwake, great tit, red deer. In addition, the odd mountain hare and red grouse appeared along with domestic animals and a number of other bird species such as the ever adorable robin and the rarer yellowhammer to name a few.
So, if you have a dream of having your photoshoot in some beautiful locations in Scotland, I now have expanded my horizon with about 50% to be scientific, and I’d love to take you there!
It’s not true that if you can take portraits of humans, you can also do landscape and animals – but nevertheless, here is my take on the wildlife and landscapes of Scotland to the best of my ability within the relatively short and unforgiving timeframe available.