Anybody skimming through the photos of Scottish mountains on Pale Green Vortex might be excused for concluding that these areas are invariably bright and sunny, blessed with an ideal climate in fact. This is, sadly, nowhere near the truth. As an inhabitant of these regions, I have the privilege of being able to pick and choose. You won't find me on the hills on days of relentless gales, persistent rain storms, or white-out blizzards. I include here a few pictures from two most recent ventures into the mountains, both of which took place on dull, generally sunless, days. A challenge for the photographer. Note the banks of snow extant in some of the corries. This is the west coast of Scotland, where remnants of snow like this are not normal in July.