“The Dappled Glen”, with Autumn hues,
Disguises many hidden views:
Loch Affric, near Loch Ness
Reflected skies, self-planted trees;
The wildly Highland August breeze
Of warmth and prettiness.
The patterned clouds the sun pokes through
To give each wandering mistral due
And every breath of life will tease
The artist on his hands and knees
To capture and confess.
And like a Nature Trail with clues
Rotating all the greens and blues
Glen Affric with such golden keys
The browns and reds of birds and bees
And yellow-striped distress.
For milk and honey flow with news
That pleated kilts and tartan trews
Will travel and depress.
The local Highland ways and seize
These beauty spots if they should please
The public, more or less.
Such secret places mould and fuse
Our world so people cannot loose
Their site of wilderness.
Glen Affric is still home to one of the largest remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest that once covered much of the Highlands. This classical blend of natural forest, shimmering loch and rugged hill, has inspired many Victorian artists, and the 'Monarch of the Glen' painted by Landseer was set amidst this fine panorama. Often described as the most beautiful glen in Scotland, Glen Affric stretches for some 30 miles from Kintail in the west to within a couple of miles of Cannich in Strathglass. Glen Affric was part of the Chisholm Clan lands from the 15th to the mid 19th centuries. For centuries, timber had been extracted from Glen Affric for shipbuilding and also for fuelling the iron smelters of the Industrial Revolution – a sawmill was built in the Glen in 1750 by Roderick Chisholm reflecting the scale of the operation. Recognising the importance of Glen Affric to the nation, the Forestry Commission purchased a large part of the Glen in 1951 - the remainder being part of a number of sporting estates or in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
All Limited Edition Prints are signed by Francis Salvesen - Printed as Gicleé Prints Printed with pigment based inks on high quality archival Hahnemühle Photo Rag