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Forgotten Roads

 
Bridge over Torran Water
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm

This bridge is on a track that leads out to Loch Caluim, a remote loch in the Flow Country. While I was searching for information about other routes, I discovered that this one is an ancient road linking Caithness with Sutherland. It was known as the Ca na Catanach. I'm tempted to try to walk the whole length of it, but it's hard to see on the ground in places now and conifer plantations cover other parts. I find these old roads fascinating, with their echoes of a forgotten world. Many are little more than overgrown paths now, but in previous centuries they must have been the main highways between communities.
The Road to Loch Caluim
Watercolour
25 x 36 cm


More information on Heritage paths of Scotland.

Comments

  1. Hi Keith!.... A fine pair of landscapes here... beautifully crisp and well stated colour in both!

    It is always a joy to walk paths to places used by earliest peoples! I share your sense of reflection and wonder for these special places.

    Here, I have portaged my canoe on pathways around rapids... where there are actually worn footprints left by thousands of years of moccasin travel. Their presence is still with us...amazing!

    Lovely work Keith!

    Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,
    Bruce

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  2. Hi Keith

    A nice complementary pair of paintings. I like the atmosphere of the bottom one. Whats the mountain on the horizon?

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  3. Hi Bruce,

    Portaging your canoe around the rapids must put you even more in touch with the past. That's something that must have been done in the same way for centuries. What a wonderful feeling.

    all the best,
    Keith

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  4. Thanks Stuart. The mountain is Morven, it dominates the view throughout this part of the Flow Country.

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  5. Hi Keith, I really like the colours in your two paintings. The second one creates a lovely atmospheric mood of an early evening in summer with those warm tones in the sky above the mountains. In the first there is a really nice sky.

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  6. Love the sense of space in these, they're calming and inviting. I feel like I cold get lost in them...

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  7. Thanks Caroline. That's what I love about this landscape - the sense of space. It's something that's getting harder to find in these crowded islands.

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