“I’m a waterfall chaser” I tell people when they ask what I most like taking photographs of, And of course being Scottish helps immensely in this task.
I’m not sure what it is about running water that I love so much, maybe it’s the drama of it all, maybe it’s the inevitability that water will find a way, maybe it’s the journey I take to get to many of these falls, the danger of the climb ? In all honesty I think it’s a combination of all of those things and more. I, of course have my favourites and I’ll outline a few for you here……Starting with…
Reekie Linn Waterfall
Situated near Alyth in Angus Reekie Linn is what can only be described as awesome and when I say awesome I don’t mean the way the word is used in todays world were anything remotely about average can be described as awesome…. i mean standing with your mouth wide open gaping at the magnificence in front of you.
The drive to the falls from my home in Dundee is a nice hour of twists,turns and forests in the Angus countryside until you reach the dedicated car park. The first thing that hits you when you step out of your car is the noise, and I have to say at this stage you look around in wonder as to where it is coming from because the river running alongside you is relatively slow moving and calm therefore the only thing to do is follow the path and investigate.
At this point in the proceedings there is a warning sign that states the falls are 150ft deep and to watch your step…. for me, and maybe it’s just me but these signs, rather than being the warning they are meant to be are an invitation to go further and the walk whilst not being challenging, does consist of lots of potentially slippy tree roots so ‘sensible’ footwear is a good idea and of course watching where you put your feet because I assure you that one slip could cause potential problems with the extreme of slipping down the hill to certain oblivion.
By this stage the sound is deafening and a tentative look to your right( If heights aren’t your thing) will show you why as by now the water is nothing short of furious but with the trees you won’t get a good look at the full glory …yet. When you continue to follow the path it opens out into little glades that if you’re lucky will catch the light in a spectacular fashion and would, in all honesty be a perfect place to pitch a tent.
As the path levels from the various ups and downs you have what could be seen as a natural viewing platform directly in front of the falls, it’s then and only then you get an idea of the height and volume of the water, and the noise.. my god, the noise is astonishing!!
Now i’m not sure if you can visualise 150ft in your mind but even if you can it doesn’t prepare you for what your looking at and it is an ambition of mine to get down to water level with my camera to photograph the waterfalls and investigate the caves that are so inviting it’s like having an itch I can’t scratch, and all I can say is have a look for yourself, it is worth it I assure you.
More of The Waterfall Diaries to come…
For More Waterfall and other Landscape Photographs please have a look at my website Davie Hudson Photography