Glen Callater to Ballochbuie

Waves of hills and clouds

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The X-Ultras really handle the bouldery path well. Although a heavier trainer they’re up to the nimble high-paced footwork hopping the rocks. I’d have been feeling the rubble through the soles of my inov8 roclites more I think; though I do have a lot heavier pack on today than I’d normally run with, with all the camera gubbins.

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Chunky cairn

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A golden plover tries to distract us away from it’s nest, peeping away

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Taking a lunch break at ‘727’, we can see one of our party who went for a shorter walk ascending up towards us, and further peeping from the plover we passed indicate some of our tail markers drawing close behind

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Across Feindallacher burn

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This tree would make a great lair for some evil beast

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The outer edges of the Caledonian forest begin to grow less sparse along the burn. There are deer fences and gates to traverse, and as it becomes less rocky underfoot I look up more, not paying as much attention underfoot..

As I’m running, almost stand on a brown splodge on the trail.. not, as I initally think, a cow pat..

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..But a resting adder!

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It seemed quite docile (probably torpid from the cool breeze on the hill) so I chance the rare opportunity and go in for a close snap; usually, they feel the vibration of your foot fall and make their exit rapidly. If you look closely, my trembly camera pose is reflected in it’s eye

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It stirs..

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And slowly glides past my feet into the brush. I thought I’d filmed it, but must have missed the video record button as no clip was found later.. perhaps some serpentine magic was cast on my picture-box

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After that excitement, I’ve erroded some of my built-up photo time at my next destination, so time to really get a thumping downhill stride on as the trail descends into lush forest

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I scatter a mouse/vole from the path, too quick for the camera that one

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A first glimpse of the stunning gorge with its Victorian footbridge that is my primary photographic target of the day

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Next: Camera time at waterfall and bridge

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