oil on canvas
100cm x 50cm
Iain White 2017
On a summer day we are looking at the north eastern flank of Foinne Bheinn across the promontory of Cragaidh from a view point near to the ford and footbridge over the River Dionard on the path from Carbreck on the Durness road to Rhigolter beneath the western slopes of Beinn Spionaidh.
The narrow main summit ridge of Foinne Bheinn trends north northwest with steep scree slopes falling away to the west from the apex of the ridge itself. In contrast to the north east the ridge is dissected by three large corries carved by glacial ice (Glas Choire Granda, Braigh a Choire Leacaich, and Choire na Lurgainn). Between them the ridge sends out three spurs to the east northeast from the highest points on the ridge. These corries and intervening spurs are bounded by crags from which scree slopes fall to the corrie floors below. Eventually to the south of Choire na Lurgainn the ridge broadens out to form the high level plateau of the Plat Reidh. It is this spectacular legacy of Quaternary glacial erosion that forms the subject of this painting.