I won’t moan about the weather in Scotland because I am one of those funny people that love it when the dark, dramatic clouds roll across the sky bringing with it a deluge of wind and rain! It does tend to catch you out though. I tend to merge my walks in the Glens or Cairngorms with some photographing of my hand woven textiles.
Changeable weather was one of the first things I had to get used to living in Scotland. If you think you can get out for the day and not need a range of the following: boots, something waterproof, a jumper, a sun hat, yes even sun cream you’ll not be prepared. You can start the day with a storm raging and then the sunshine makes an appearance and you forget the rain was ever there.
Taking photographs in all weather
I usually walk with a large backpack taking all the things I might need for photographing my scarves and shawls. I have also got used to changing my camera settings very quickly. Take a look at the following YouTube ‘Short’ I made – these were taken within 5 minutes of each other. It started with beautiful sunshine, a blue sky but as I clicked my remote control to take some images I saw the mist of rain come swirling around the corner. I didn’t hide away under a coat, I love this dramatic weather. I just changed the settings and got snapping.
I love the unpredictability, when walking the Glens you learn to spot how the clouds change. I like to look down the Glen, between the hills and see the rain or snow advance towards me. This is where I find inspiration. Scotland offers a drama that I am in awe of. I have designed and woven the Giant Scarves in my studio – they are not only inspired by chilly unpredictable days, they’re the perfect antidote.
Photographs of the new Giant Scarf – ‘Cairngorm Blue’
All four pictures taken on the same day (in the same hour!)
Whatever the weather, this scarf is snugly, soft and made with 100% Merino Lambswool and hand woven here in Scotland. Designed for the blue-grey mountains in the Cairngorm National Park, this scarf is for those that love Scotland and its unpredictable weather. Take a look below to find out more and see the other Giant Scarves.