I would probably describe myself as a ‘morning personʼ, but within reason. Let me explain.
Most days, I get up at roughly 6am before making my way to Edinburgh for work. And at the weekend its more like 8am, unless my guinea pigs wake me up slightly earlier than that. They squeak quite loudly you see when they want their breakfast.
In any case, 6am / 8am can be a bit of a struggle, but I do appreciate having a full day ahead of me. Now despite doing it regularly for work, I occasionally find the 6am start a bit tough. So that should put things into perspective for my photography inspired trip to the Trossachs National Park in March this year, when I had to set my alarm for 3:30am! It was a daunting prospect for sure.
It was pitch black outside when I left the house and I jumped into the car and drove to Edinburgh, which is actually in the completely wrong direction with respect to my final destination. I made the detour because I had some passengers to collect. I picked up an old friend and a couple of new ones that Iʼd only ever spoke to through Instagram, @ross.dickie, @sunxjin and @preston_tan. After the pickup, we hit the road and drove west to catch what would be a very memorable sunrise.
The roads were deserted as we left the cities and towns behind and approached one of the many regions in Scotland filled with mountains and lochs. The roads that weave between the numerous bodies of water and hills are a dream to drive, but that day, the goal was not to enjoy the drive, but to keep an eye out for a place to watch the sunrise.
Our original plan was to visit the famous tree that overlooks the beautiful Loch Arklet and wait for the sun to hit the mountains at the far end of the Loch. However, that plan soon changed when we skirted around the edges of Loch Ard and saw something special; the early morning colours of the sky reflected in the water as the mist rolled and swirled around the tree tops on the bank of the loch. Mesmerising. I distinctly remember realising how lucky I was to live in Scotland and to have this beautiful landscape so close to my front door.
The rest of the morning was a bit of a blur as we drove around the area capturing the majestic landscapes and reflections, until the special morning light faded away and tiredness sunk back in.
In retrospect, perhaps Iʼll set my alarm for 3:30am again in the future… It can be very rewarding…
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Darren is a keen traveller and photography enthusiast from from the small town of Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland. He studied as a Computer Scientist at University and now works as an IT consultant in the country’s capital city, Edinburgh. For Darren, photography has always been a bit if a hobby and is closely linked to his passion for travel. As often as he can, Darren likes to get out and explore the world around him. Whether he is roaming the landscapes of Scotland or the sprawling megacities of Asia, he will undoubtably have his camera at his side. The goal of his photography has always been to visually document his adventures and to share them with others in attempt to inspire. Instagram is his preferred platform to share his work and to engage with fellow travellers from around the world. He also plays an active part in the Scottish Instagram community and regularly attends and helps organise instameets.