A few weeks ago, during a winter hiking trip with friends, I was privileged to witness a spectacular sunset, certainly the most colourful I've seen (and I've seen a few). 

We'd spent the day ascending two Munros, Sgiath Chuil and Meall Glas, near Crianlarich in the south-east Highlands of Scotland. These two Munros are not the most renowned of Scotland's mountains - 'indistinguished' is a common description - but a Scottish winter's day out is a good day out and a freeze-thaw cycle had left the snow almost perfect for walking on.

As we reached the summit of the second Munro, the sun had started to dip below the horizon. We could tell the sunset was going to be rather special so we headed to the summit of a nearby Corbett, Beinn nan Imirean, which is further west, and watched it set. 

I'll admit, as a photographer, I was upset I wasn't in a more photogenic part of Scotland. Sometimes though, it's better to put sour thoughts aside and just be grateful for the moment.