The day after my previous post Glen Lednock dawn, I again took my camera out for a lovely morning dog walk. This time it was via my most frequent route, walking from home out past Cowden and onto Bogton Braes. This southern perspective of Comrie is one of my favourites and gives different views of the mountains to that from Glen Lednock on the north side of the village.
From this angle the varied terrain around Comrie is compressed, so that the distance between flood plain and mountain top appears minimal. The tramlines of a flat barley field lead the eye to the rooftops of the village, or at least those that can be seen above the many trees in gardens. Beyond, Comrie’s oak woods roll over Glen Lednock’s foothills, which are punctuated by Melville’s Monument. The obelisk seems to echo the two spires of the parish church and the White Church community centre. Behind that the hills become more rugged and rise up to our local Munro, Ben Chonzie. Those higher hills are now covered in snow.
Because the land climbs steadily to the south of my viewpoint on Bogton Braes, continuing up beyond Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, the rising sun takes a while to reach the village. Ben Chonzie and the Aberuchill hills – the high ground to north and west – catch it first. I noticed that the light was initially very red but soon became more golden as it increased in intensity.
For once, I refrained from taking any photos of Braan, probably because we remained in shadow for virtually the whole walk. But shadow or not, it was a soul-satisfying walk whose sights and sensations set me up for the day. I long for another morning like that as I listen now to driving rain battering the windows.
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