Enchanted Forest

I’ve been lucky enough to attend the preview of Pitlochry’s Enchanted Forest for the last three years. I was fascinated when the spacemen came in 2008, then ghosts and a fire-breathing dragon took over in 2009 but it was always the autumn trees wrapped in colour that really did it for me.

So I was ridiculously happy at last night’s launch to find the clever forest folk have gone back to basics for 2010′s ‘Force of Nature’ spectacle. This year the trees are the stars of the show.

blue and green trees

Taking photos of The Enchanted Forest can be quite a challenge but, weirdly, it’s one of the most relaxing challenges I meet all year. I’m used to shooting live gigs (first three songs, no flash, musicians jumping about the stage, often with a microphone and a shadow hiding their chin) so I’m completely comfortable with capturing light on dark. And I’ve yet to meet a pop star as pretty as Faskally Wood.*

There’s music too. Nothing loud or jarring, I wasn’t always sure where the backing track stopped and the natural ambient sound began.

photo of a wee hut and lit-up trees, with their reflection in loch

There were times last night I was kicking myself for deciding against taking my tripod; I had to add a thermal vest, leg warmers and a bunnet to my attire; I chose the ability to operate the camera over the warmth of gloves; and my cold, wee, broad feet took a while to thaw out on the two hour drive home. But we were actually incredibly lucky – there wasn’t a spot of rain, darkness fell quickly and the loch offered perfect reflections. This may amaze those of you who know me but I actually put my camera down every now and then, just to take in the scenery first-hand.

Anyway, is it cool to say I love my own photos? Ach well, I do. I love lights and reflections and nature so The Enchanted Forest is a real treat. These pictures are just a taster of what I shot last night. You’ll find many more photos on Flickr and I may post a few more soon.

leaf lit up by spotlight

PS If you want to pop to Pitlochry to see the Forest, it runs until the 7th November and tickets sell out quickly. There’s also an Autumn Festival in the town.

*Apologies to Carrie, Maeve and my pet boybands if you read this. You know I don’t really mean it. Artistic licence, dahlings ;)


  1. Marc Bowker 22 October 2010 at 12:17 am #

    Julie, these are amazing. Think you’ve definitely captured what it must feel like to be amongst the trees! I also love the honesty that comes out of your writing, it’s exactly how I write mine, I think! The only way in my book.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. RJ McConnell 11 November 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    I have just found your site and am very impressed with your photographs. You have captured the atmosphere of our show beautifully! I will be directing people your way :-)

    The soundtrack is online now if you fancy a listen http://www.iamsound.co.uk

    Best wishes,
    RJ McConnell

  3. juliebee 13 November 2010 at 11:25 am #

    Thank you, I’m so glad you like them. It was a fantastic show. Well done! I’ll check out the soundtrack soon.

  4. juliebee 23 November 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    You can now buy my Enchanted Forest photos online! Visit the new Buy Prints page for more info or go direct to the Photobox sales gallery.

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