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This Guy Will Blow Your Goddam Mind With His Epic Photos Of Scotland

*Movie announcer voice* "John McSporran is a tough ex-detective on the hunt for the most epic sunsets and lochs. Rated PG-13 for prettiness."

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I've been writing about Scotland for years, and his photos are honestly the best I've encountered.

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This is a photo of Suilven in the North West Highlands of Scotland, from Cul Mor.


Possibly because of the sheer effort he puts into capturing these amazing images.

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He regularly climbs mountains in the pitch darkness to capture sunrises, or camps all night at the summit to take amazing photos of the night sky.

As if being an epic photographer wasn't cool enough, John also used to be an anti-terrorism detective.

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He's a former senior Scottish policeman who spent decades tracking dangerous criminals and suspected terrorists. He's basically Taggart with a zoom lens.


And he shares really interesting facts as well.

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"The old legends of Ireland tell the stories of Cúchulainn, the mighty warrior of Ulster. Cúchulainn was sent to train in arms with the renowned warrior-woman Scáthach in the land of Alba (Scotland) at her residence Dún Scáith (The Fortress of Shadows) on the Isle of Skye. These are the mountains that bear Cuchulainn's name - the Cuillin mountains."

So if you follow him on Flickr, you'll definitely learn a lot.

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"On the left in picture is Ben Venue, the mountain of the goblins. As recently as the 16th century, The Urisks (Goblins) were sighted living in caves on the mountain. The 'outlaw' Rob Roy raided up and down the loch in the birlinns (war galleys) of Clan MacGregor."


John regularly goes off the beaten track to unique places.

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Like An Teallach, which, as John puts it, is "an ancient hearthstone mountain on which, the legends say, the Old Gods forged the Highlands of Scotland in fire and ice, back in the mists of time." Woah.

You can view more of John's photography here.

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