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Loch Katrine with Ellen's Island 2000 Tomoko Yamamoto

Loch Katrine in the Trossachs is the center of geographical settings used by Sir Walter Scott in his epic poem, "The Lady of the Lake." Ellen's Isle is a tree-covered small island left of the center of the photo. A dark area rising above the water to the left of the island is the Coire nan Uruisgean (or Coir-nan-Uriskin), the Goblin-cave, mentioned in the poem as the place where Ellen Douglas and her father fled from Ellen's Isle. There Ellen sings her Prayer to the Virgin, which became the text of Schubert's Ave Maria (Ellen's Third Song:D839).
I got this landscape photo from a purple heather-covered spot below the summit of Ben A'an. The camera was the Olympus OM-4TBlack with the Cosina 20mm/3.8 lens and the film was Fuji Provia 100 (RDPII) for the above shot and the larger image was shot on a Mamiya 6 MF with its 50mm lens. If you are interested in purchasing a print, please specify which Loch Katrine photo you desire. The Mamiya shot can be enlarged without the loss of sharpness while the Olympus shot includes Ellen's Isle because of the wider angle lens used.


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