|"Lochdhu Lodge" - watercolour - 25 x 36 cm|
I was on a long bike ride one day, when I came round a corner and saw this building. It was surprising to find such an imposing house in the middle of an area of forestry plantations. I found out later that it's called Lochdhu Lodge, and that it was built towards the end of the 19th Century for Victorian shooting parties. It probably owes its existence to the nearby railway, which meant that building materials could be brought in easily.
The name "Lochdhu" means "Black Loch". There are lots of other dhu lochs throughout Scotland. Some are very deep and dark ,or in shady places, but I think the name more often comes from the dark peat-stained water.