Forest near the village of Invergarry, Scotland
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The frosted forest. The Great Glen
Was this photo taken in a peppermint forest? This rare and delicate hoarfrost may look like a confectioner's coating, but it's just the ice that forms when the Scottish Highlands' fog mixes perfectly with a sharp cold snap.
We're in a storied section of Scotland – sort of lowland of the Highlands – called the Great Glen. This deep valley runs 62 miles coast to coast – from a North Sea inlet on the east to Loch Linnhe on the west. The Great Glen's gentle slopes enclose fairytale forests like these as well as quaint villages and lochs – including nearby Invergarry and Loch Oich, respectively.