Thursday, 8 November 2018


Fresh snow 


Fiacaill Buttress

Last weeks refrozen snow

Good day for ptarmigan

Cairn Gorm

Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda

Almost full winter plumage

Coire an t-Sneachda

Good day for ptarmigan photography

Top of Alladin's Couloir
After a few days of warm weather it was back to wintry conditions again today. The temperatures overnight had dropped and there is fresh snow above 800m. This morning there was snow showers down to lower levels but these with brief. By mid day most of the showers had ceased and it was a pleasant day to be out. Those remarkable birds of the high Scottish mountains, the ptarmigan, are just going into their winter plumage. A good day for photographing them. I spent over 20 minutes with a group of about 15 high up in the corrie. Only other folk I saw today was a large group heading up the Goat Track. The remnants of last weeks snow has gone through a melt/freeze cycle and is solid. Unfortunately there isn't much left of this. Just a few patches in corrie rims and tops of gullies.  A stiff breeze on the tops today. Windier and a lot more snow forecast tomorrow, above 900m. Staying cold through the weekend on the higher tops so winter returns.

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