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Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, Assynt, Scotland

As I reached the top of this hill, with each panting breath I realised that I was carrying way too much gear. The temptation when not hiking great distances is to load my backpack with as many lenses as will fit, in order to be  prepared for every type of shot, weather etc. I had, however, not reckoned on the energy sapping quagmire of the lower slopes and was now paying the price. Seeing that a gap in the clouds might provide some sunshine, I had run up the last slopes and was now scurrying around to look for possible images. Fortunately, the sun broke through the clouds momentarily, causing the snow capped peak of Canisp to stand out like a beacon in this wild landscape. Photo © copyright by Graham Chalmers.

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