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Suilven in Autumn
   
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Suilven in Autumn

 
 

Despite its relatively low crowning summit, Suilven is one of the most distinctive mountains in Scotland because it is a so-called Inselberg (or Monadnock if you’re North American) — a lump of ancient Torridonian Sandstone that rises almost vertically, like an island, out of a sea of much harder Lewisian Gneiss.

I took this photograph as part of a commission, and wanted to capture Suilven from an unusual angle that reflected both the mountain’s remarkable shape and the lochan-peppered and challenging wilderness of the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve that surrounds it. I arrived at this spot long before dawn one late October morning, and was treated to the sound of rutting stags all around me, further emphasising the primeval feel of this most stunning area.

 
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