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Light evenings

by Clare Mansell
Light evenings
Duffus Castle, Moray

The absolute best thing about summers in the Scottish Highlands are the light evenings.

At the moment sun is setting at about 10:30pm (a full two and a half hours later than Cyprus) and light again at 4am. The hours in between are not true darkness either, there is always a rather eerie distant glow on the horizon.

Duffus Castle, Moray

Duffus Castle, Moray

It means that when the weather is good, there are wonderful opportunities for late night walks through the deserted countryside. Last night we took the dogs to Duffus Castle. It was about 9:30pm when I took these photos, the sky was blue, and apart from one other couple, we had the place to ourselves.

Duffus castle sign

And an unexpected bonus! It turns out that if you have dogs that are prone to running off and not returning, all you need to do is stick them in the grounds of a castle surrounded by a deep moat and their escape plans are thwarted – Ha!

Macy at Duffus Castle

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Ninny July 2, 2011 - 12:26 pm

That first photo is visually stunning. You artfully drew the eye from the interesting rocks in the foreground up to the castle. I never really thought about the Scotland being so far north that the sun sets very late. One thinks of Alaska or Iceland for such things! But that’s a nice gift: summertime is so short that far north, so it makes sense to be able to enjoy every last hour of it. Nice post!

DD July 2, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Lovely photos Clare!

Jennyff July 9, 2011 - 1:14 pm

Scottish summer nights are wonderful, unless of course you have the midges. I’m always keen to sleep with the bedroom curtains open to enjoy all the light but husband needs some dark to sleep (except when he’s in front of the telly apparently).

domestikate July 22, 2011 - 3:17 pm

I love the light nights! Again, your photos are just beautiful – you have quite a talent!


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