I can almost hear the consternation from in front of my keyboard but I am writing this piece to be positive. It’s a national obsession, we have TV stations dedicated to it, Phone applications specifically for it and seems to be in every single persons conversation, but why? And more importantly why does Scotland have what is described as “Bad” weather. I would argue that our weather isn’t good or bad but merely Weather. It is part of what we are and who we are giving us the ability to laugh at ourselves and “get on with it” regardless of what the sky is doing.
Usually the words we would be using for this topic would be wet, soggy, dreich and miserable but what kind of country would we have without the sun, snow, wind and of course, rain.
Now of course if you have read any of my previous articles you will know that I am a photographer and maybe in this case my opinion is severely biased but I’ll have a go anyway. Let’s get something out of the way right at the start BLUE SKIES ARE BORING. Let me clarify that, There is nothing interesting for me in taking photographs with a blue sky, it makes the editing process so much more forced, trying to generate drama.
Scotland a Beautiful Green Country
Living in a beautifully green country like Scotland comes at a “price” and that price is it has to rain, a lot. For this price, take a look at what we get in return, we get the aforementioned green glens, we get beautiful Lochs and rivers and for me the clincher is, we get the most amazing and powerful waterfalls. Of course we get all the other kinds of weather, not just rain and not only do we get them but we can get all of them in the space of an hour in the Highlands, a phenomenon that never ceases to amaze me.
If I had to give advices to a visitor to our country I would of course say bring waterproof clothing because it will rain, but is that such a problem? I don’t think so because a wet rainy day in the Scottish Highlands for me is always going to be better than a day not in the Scottish Highlands. I have of course included a couple of my photographs with weather in mind in the hope you will come to my way of thinking on this and to paraphrase Marianne Williamson, although speaking about Ireland I feel it fits Scotland perfectly.
” We may have bad weather, but the sun shines in the hearts of the people and that keeps us all warm”
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