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fall colour

I have a lot of fall colour photographs, to the point where making a single gallery simply excludes too much. So I've constructed three geographically-based galleries that I intend to rotate every few months. The first was from Colorado, and I'd planned the first rotation before now , but then I planned an autumn colour trip to Scotland for 2017, so it seemed sensible to bring new images from that trip into play. .

Autumn colour is very different in Scotland . Where Colorado has colour primarily from one tree, the aspen, Scotland has a much broader focus on birches, larches and broad leaved deciduous varieties. That means that multicoloured tapestries of colour some into play rather than the bright but often monochromatic blocks that large aspen groves produce. It also means that a chosen view might have some trees & bushes residually green and some where the leaves have entirely fallen alongside shades of yellows and oranges. The concept of "peak" is less apparent than in Colorado as different species reach maximum brightness at different times.

I've tended to focus on three areas on foliage trips to Scotland. The first and most productive has been in Perthshire centred around Pitlochry or Aberfeldy. The second is the glens Affric, Cannich and Strathfarrar west of Loch Ness. The third is the western flanks of the Cairngorms around Aviemore. There's plenty of colour outside these areas, but I tend to search out areas with the potential to keep me occupied for a few days, and where you can drive a few miles and find the colour at a different stage of development.

An interesting contrast between Colorado's aspens and Scotland's more diverse opportunity is that Scotland seems to have fewer photographers and far fewer grand viewpoints. There's no "Dallas Divides" or Maroon Lakes with masses of cars and tens, maybe hundreds of photographers all pointed at pretty much the same scene. The emphasis in Scotland is on finding your own viewpoint, and once you've decided, its more likely that you'll have the place to yourself.

1.  Loch Faskally, Pitlochry
2.  Glen Lyon
3.  Near Kinloch Rannoch
4.   Glen Lyon
5.  Ben Eighe from Loch Coulin
6.  Birks of Aberfeldy
7. Glen Affric
8. Faskally, Pitlochry
9.  Strathfarrar
10.  Near Aviemore
11.  Loch Affric
12.  Glen Lyon
13.  Strathfarrar
14. Loch Affric
15.  Glen Affric
16.  River Garry.
17.  Near Aviemore
18.  Rothiemurchus
19. Strathfarrar
20.  Bridge of Balgie
21 near Dalwhinnie
22.  Near Pitlochry
23.  Pitlochry walk
24.  Faskally
25.  Tummel
26.  Aberfeldy
27.  Glen Lyon
28.  Glen Cannich
29.  Glen Cannich
30.  Glen Affric
31.  Kingussie
32.  Glen Cannich
33.  Schiehallion
34.  Glen Lyon
35. Strath More to Loch Broom
36.  Strathfarrar
37.  Near Aviemore
38. Loch Tummel
39.  Aberfeldy
40.  Glen Lyon
41. Pitlochry Walk
42. Glen Lyon
43.  Glen Lyon
44. North of Loch Tay
45.  Loch Coulin
46.  Glen Affric
47.  Pitlochry Walk
48.  Pitlochry Walk
49.  Glen Lyon
50.  Faskally

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