The frozen fringes of Loch Leven…

On the Sunday we stopped off at Kinlochleven for a coffee, then followed the road along the north side of Loch Leven towards the bridge over the straits at Ballachuilish. Not far out from Kinlochleven, after passing a lot of Royal Marines on exercise, we spotted this inlet and parked up to investigate in more detail.

Loch Leven is a seawater loch, and seeing the edges fringed by ice is testament to just how cold it’s been in Scotland over the last few months. I’ve never seen frozen seawater before, and the matted seaweed poked out between thin slabs of pan ice and sparkling frost. As I stood and photographed, melting ice groaned and cracked, warming in the wan winter sunshine, while the loch reflected the mountains beyond. The scene was so still and tranquil, and the light was gloriously clear. The perfect place to spend an hour in the sun on a Sunday…

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth.

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