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Today I've decided to present something from my panoramas collection- Winter view on the east side taken from Ben Nevis, Scotland.
Late afternoon, fantastic weather conditions- fresh and cold air. Visibility wasn't very good but in this case it improve the colours of the atmosphere.

On the right we can see Loch Linnhe first valley below is Glen Nevis.
I took a trip to Ben Nevis twice- first in the summer 2007- unfortunatelly weather condition on the top was extreme bad and I didn't see nothing farer then 5 meters, second succesfull is this one- during my visit in Fort William in February. I've reached the top together with my father. Amazing journey.

Some facts about The Ben:


Ben Nevis's altitude, maritime location and topography frequently lead to unusually poor weather conditions, which can pose a danger to ill-equipped walkers. According to the observations carried out at the summit observatory from 1883–1904, fog was present on the summit for almost 80% of the time between November and January, and 55% of the time in May and June. The average winter temperature was around −5 °C (23.0 °F), and the mean monthly temperature for the year was −0.5 °C (31 °F). In an average year the summit sees 261 gales, and receives 4,350 millimetres (171 in) of rainfall, compared to only 2,050 millimetres (81 in) in nearby Fort William and about 600 millimetres (24 in) in Inverness and London. Rainfall on Ben Nevis is about twice as high in the winter as it is in the spring and summer. Snow can be found on the mountain almost all year round, particularly in the gullies of the north face – with the higher reaches of Observatory Gully holding snow until September most years and sometimes until the new snows of the following season.
The summit of Ben Nevis comprises a large stony plateau of about 40 hectares (99 acres). The highest point is marked with a large, solidly built cairn atop which sits an Ordnance Survey trig point.

The ruined walls of the observatory are a prominent feature on the summit. An emergency shelter has been built on top of the observatory tower for the benefit of those caught out by bad weather, and, although the base of the tower is slightly lower than the true summit of the mountain, the roof of the shelter overtops the trig point by several feet, making it the highest man-made structure in Britain. A war memorial to the dead of World War II is located next to the observatory.

On 17 May 2006, a piano that had been buried under one of the cairns on the peak was uncovered by the John Muir Trust, which owns much of the mountain. The piano is believed to have been carried up for charity by removal men from Dundee over 20 years earlier.

The view from Britain's highest point is extensive. In ideal conditions it can extend to over 190 kilometres (120 mi), including such mountains as the Torridon Hills, Morven in Caithness, Lochnagar, Ben Lomond, Barra Head, and to Knocklayd in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Thank You all for watching. I hope You like this one:)
Have a nice week!

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