Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains


From my viewpoint on the shores of Loch Lomond I can see clear across to Ben Lomond (Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Laomainn, ‘Beacon Mountain’), which is 974 metres (3,196 ft) high. With a distinctive shape, the mountain, which is in the Scottish Highlands, is easy to pick out no matter where you stand around Loch Lomond to view it. Situated on the eastern shore of the loch, it is the most southerly of the Munros. A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 ft (914.4 m). They are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. A Munro top is a summit over 3,000 ft which is not regarded as a separate mountain. As of the 2009, revision of the tables, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, there are 283 Munros and 227 further subsidiary tops. The most well-known Munro is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, with an altitude of 1,344 metres (4,409 ft). The Munros of Scotland are known for presenting challenging conditions to hikers, particularly in winter when a number of fatalities are reported each year. Nevertheless, a popular practice amongst hillwalkers is “Munro Bagging”, the aim being to climb all of the listed Munros.

Ben Lomond lies within the Ben Lomond National Memorial Park and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, property of the National Trust for Scotland.

Pictured in this image is Rooney, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who loves water. We live beside the sea and everyday on his walk, he’s in for a quick swim…..

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22 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

  1. john tugano August 6, 2011 / 14:23

    Wow that was a very nice shot..great effects it seems that the mountain is so near and the dog so big..=)

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    • Mike Hardisty August 7, 2011 / 19:02

      Thank You. I had to lie down to take this but in the end I think it was worth it.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 7, 2011 / 19:03

      The background has been tweaked in Photoshop with a filter from NIK Color Efex, called Tonal Contrast. It makes it stand it more.

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  2. Patti Kuche August 6, 2011 / 21:15

    Those beautiful Scottish Highlands . . . your photos are always so good!

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    • Mike Hardisty August 7, 2011 / 19:04

      Thank you so much for the comment. I don’t get to go back to Scotland much but when I do I make sure my camera gets plenty of use.

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  3. the island traveler August 7, 2011 / 04:39

    Just an amazing photo of the beautiful mountain. The dog was just a perfect addition to the stunning background.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 7, 2011 / 19:06

      He is a little cutie. Right now as I’m typing this he’s lying at my feet, having a good sleep after his dinner.

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  4. Sony Fugaban August 8, 2011 / 01:01

    The dog appeared to be a giant here. Still, I like the creativity that goes with this photo.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 8, 2011 / 14:56

      Sometimes it’s good to get down and get dirty and that’s what I did here. I was lying flat on my stomach to take this photograph.

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  5. Maggie L R August 8, 2011 / 06:53

    I love the way you captured the wet look on your cute dog. Your photography is wonderful.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 8, 2011 / 14:57

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. He does like to go in the water and cool of. At home when I walk him down by the shore he makes a bee-line straight for the sea to paddle.

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  6. Mizz August 8, 2011 / 09:01

    I wanna hug the puppy!

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    • Mike Hardisty August 8, 2011 / 14:58

      He is a cutie, wait till I post a photo of his brother.

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