Mountain Hare – Spindrift

Hunkered down in strong gusts blowing spin drift around, a Mountain Hare braves the cold and snowy Scottish highlands.

Up near the summit of Carn Easgainn Mor was the windiest areas of the hillside, shooting into the sun provided effective back lighting however it also meant I was facing into the direction of the wind. Photography in these conditions was tough, shooting handheld with a super telephoto with the gusts blowing the lens hood around meaning even photographing a static animal was tricky. Being able to see became an issue too with the powdered snow stinging my face in the wind, not to mention the lens hood was filling up with snow every few minutes and coating the lens which needed wiping. It’s probably one of the harshest weathers I’ve photographed in, however wholly satisfying and totally rewarding. I spent two separate days up the mountain with the Hares on our trip north, so more photos to follow soon.


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