Lonely Scots pine on the muir

Tuesday, 19th August 2014

It had been quite a while since we had a wander out over Muirhouse Muir, but on Sunday we decided to head there instead of going further afield due to the weather forecast as you may already have read in my previous post: a brief spot of sunlight on Slackdhu Crags.

We did not just venture out on the Muir, but took time to get to one of my favourite photographic spots on the Muir, located in the dip behind the rise from Loch Ardinning and flanked by the central heights with the cairn to the East and the forest at Craigmaddie burn to the South.

When following the path circling round the dip, through the forest and up to the cairn, this Scots pine (and it’s substantial neighbouring bushy tree) will look boring and unpromising, but venturing of the path into the dip and closer to the two trees presents wonderful opportunities.

The Scots pine can easily be singled out from varying angles (to get rid of the uninspiring bush) with fantastic backdrops of Drumgoyne, the Campsies and/or Ben Lomond. On Sunday, it was overcast with dark skies and limited visibility, so it proved to be a great opportunity for a monochrome image with a backdrop of Drumgoyne and brooding skies above.

Below are some of the images from my archive showing the same location at varying angles at different times of the year throughout the past 11 years.

The first shot, taken on film in 2003 shows the absolutely wonderful tree stump as well as the ‘lonely’ Scots pine with the adjacent bush.

The second shot taken in 2008 shows the same view, with the bush now doubled in height and the ‘long gone’ tree stump. Today this bush is doubled in height again.

The last three shots show the Scots pine isolated from the uninspiring bush from different angles and at different times of the year taken between 2009 and 2013.


  • Graham Brooks
    Oct 7th, 2014 - 7:13 am - REPLY

    I found the black and white photograph of the Lonely Scots Pine (not the latest) on Google.

    I love the 2014 photo, but the earlier one took my breath away when I first saw it full size. it may be the most beautiful photograph I have seen.
    Thank you.

    • marc
      Oct 7th, 2014 - 8:50 pm - REPLY

      Cheers Graham. Very much appreciated. In my view, the old image is still one of my best images to date.