A93, Scottish Highlands

JULY 2005 – The green mountains of Glenshee are illuminated by patches of sun along the Old Military Road (A93) between Spittal and Ballater in Scotland. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

We headed from St. Andrews in Scotland through the Grampian Mountains towards Ballater where we hoped to find a nice accommodation (and – much to our surprise – we succeeded!)

But the real highlight is the Royal Deeside and Scotland’s Castle Trail. The route carries this name for a reason: there are so many castles that you can easily get confused. Dalnaglar, Dalmunzie, Braemar, and Balmoral which is best known as one of the royal castles. It’s absolutely stunning and well worth spending time.

Coming from the south, your gateway to the Grampian Mountains is the A93 which leads you also through Glenshee, one of the few skiing areas in Scotland! Yes, they have snow up here, and they say that during winter you can even go downhill. Some say that the ride is not very long, but hey – at least you can ski or get some practice before heading to Austria for some real tracks.

Anyway, the trip along A93 presented countless photo opportunities. I like the one above because of the subtle light, created by the clouds that were breaking up and letting through the sun. It’s a quiet, natural and very relaxing place that really makes you forget any daily concerns. And I think this mood is expressed perfectly by this image.

The high resolution image

Capture Date18-JUL-2005
LocationA93 north of Spittal, Scotland
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6492 x 4248 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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