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This is from the lower viewpoint that we visited on our way up towards the more usual place. In some ways I prefer it here, for the way the lochs line up and lead the eye into the scene, eventually right down to peaks of the Cuillin. I also like the way from this point you get the Black Cuillin as well as the Red hills. I chose this foreground for the blue-grey rocks on the left, that complement the warm tones of the sunrise, and together with the line of shadow in the grass complete the feeling of a bowl high in the hills.

The famous pinnacles look a bit different from this angle, especially the fretted wall of the Needle - so called because it's spectacularly sharp seen end-on: it's so thin that it's pierced with a couple of holes, which look like spooky eyes from some angles.

The rich golden light was a superb reward for our struggle up the path through the forestry work in the darkness. A cloudless dawn can be a real challenge, but it wasn't here, and it was a great start to our short break on Skye.

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