This is a view across Loch Long from Conchra House Hotel where, for seven years, we based our spring painting holidays.
Early May is a really good time to be there. The air is so still, the reflections magical and cuckoos add a musical note - with their distinctive call echoing over the loch and from surrounding mountains.
There are in fact two Loch Longs in Scotland and this is the one that joins Loch Duich, close to Eilean Donan Castle and Kyle of Lochalsh.
Painted in oils, this scene is yet another example of what makes the Scottish Highlands so special and awe-inspiring.