Early December marked the end of the project.
Having started the year in snow - I also pictured finishing the year in snow, and fortunately (despite the crazy warm start to winter we've had) the weather co-operated.
It co-operated so well that the A9 presented challenges to traffic although it did look very pretty as I waited for the lorries and the police to sort themselves out near Blair Atholl.
|Winter on the A9|
On the day I'd designated for this months walk I was fortunately to get low temperatures, but with bright sunshine and almost no wind. This meant plenty of snow underfoot and also the start of the winter ice forming on the Rothiemurchus lochs.
At lower levels in the temperatures had been wandering up and down around zero - the result being that some of the paths were a bit hazardous to walk on.
However, higher up the ground was properly frozen, and it was a delight to have snow under my boots again. One of my regular view points, Top Tree guarding the entrance to the Lairig Ghru, looked very dramatic in the fresh snow.
|Top Tree - with Lurchers Crag on the left and Braeriach on the right.|
I walked up as far the 'the way mark stone ' which I decided was a suitable turning point, in December even on a clear day the daylight hours in the Cairngorms are limited.
|Lairig Ghru waymark stone|
At Lochan Deo after a cold clear day you could see the water surfaces gradually freezing over - in some places as a fairly featureless surface, but in other places fantastic ice crystals were visible.
|Ice Edge Lochan Deo|
|Ice Saltire Lochan Deo|
And to mark my last Cairngorms report for 2015 - a still winter evening at Loch an Eilein. I've probably visited here on about 50 days during 2015 - and photographed this view more times than is sensible. Won't be long until the ice slides across the water.
|Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus Estate|
There are a few more pictures from the December visit on Flickr
And blog posts from all the other months elsewhere on this site