Enclosed by sweeping bastions of rock that stretch a thousand metres to touch the sky, the North West Highland's Glencoe plunges from the wilds of Rannoch Moor to the burial isles of Eilean Munde. Shaped by ancient volcanoes, Ice Age glaciers and the attrition of wind and rain, it is a raw landscape of awesome proportion - one of the most spectacular in Britain. Carrying on from his breathtaking A Year in the Life of the Langdale Valleys, noted climber, photographer and writer Bill Birkett turns his attention to the seasonal changes in this most famous of mountain glens. The challenging heights, in the main protected and conserved by the National Trust for Scotland, are the province of the rock climber and mountaineer, while down below scattered farms and the little communities of Glencoe and Ballachuilish function through the extremes of the seasons as they have done since the Bronze Age. The magical rowans bear blossom, unfurl their leaves and hang red with berries before the deep savage snows of winter blanket all. Above, beyond the snow-capped peaks, the golden eagle rules the air. On the slopes, the red stag stamps his authority across the purple heather. In this stunning photographic essay, Bill Birkett captures the heartbeat of the awesome highlands of Scotland.
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'... the author has managed to capture the very heart of one of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain. His collection of photographs show the seasonal changes in these famous mountain glens, and he conveys a wealth of information about this history, wildlife, geology and dark legend of the region.'
'... a truly brilliant array of photographs of the most extraordinary place in Scotland, frankly awesome in its savagery.'
Scottish Daily Mail
This splendid new book...Birkett … has a winning way with words. ( Aberdeen Press & Journal)
Birkett succeeds in capturing the many faces of this atmospheric part of the western Highlands. His photographic essay should encourage exploration, whether with a leisurely drive through its lower levels, or a high altitude hike up its sharp ridges and distinctive peaks. This excellent book will help to cement the famously brooding valley into the national psyche. ( Scottish Field)
A stunning photographic essay aiming to capture the essence of the landscape. ( Scotland Magazine)
Bill Birkett is one of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers. Photography, climbing and walking have been his lifelong passions. He first started exploring the mountains with his father Jim Birkett, a leading climber and naturalist. Twice a winner of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild BEST OUTDOOR BOOK for his A Year in the Life of the Duddon Valley. and A Year in the Life of Langdale Valley, Bill is also the author of photographic portaits of Borrowdale and Glencoe and Scafell - Portrait of a Mountain.
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Descrizione libro Frances Lincoln, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0711231648