William S. Thomson was a Scottish photographer who roamed his beloved country during the 1950's. Based in Corpach, Fort William, he produced about 20 smaller booklets, focused on different regions, in the Let's See Scotland series. His book The Highland in Colour, published by Oliver & Boyd in 1954, can be seen as overview. For Travel in Time I rediscover the Highlands and wonder in Thomson's footsteps.

Loch Callater is a upland loch, hemmed in by mountains, with good views. Thomson visited Loch Callater during springtime when the snow, on the eastern situated mountains, was melting. He used them as a backdrop for his picture.

Spring snows melting at Loch Callater near Braemar – 1950’s

Getting there he must have taken the footpath from Auchallater (at the main road from Braemar, south to Glenshee) following the Callater Burn to Lochcallater Lodge at the north east end of the loch, just as I did in July 2019. The dry wall in the picture gave me a good reference where to start looking for the spot he stood with his camera.

Early summer at Loch Callater – July 2019

The birches are now gone and the water was more settled than the spring day Thomson took his picture.

2019 - Estelle Slegers Helsen
2019 - Estelle Slegers Helsen
2019 - Estelle Slegers Helsen
1950's - William S. Thomson
1950's - William S. Thomson
Loch Callater near Braemar

After my photo shoot I lengthened my walk by going round the loch and wading the inflow river (I took off my hiking boots).

The pictures then and now in The Highland in Colour series can be found on the map Travel in Time. Click on the link, select at the filter for Landscapes and resize the map looking for Scotland. There you will find the green binocular icons. Please keep in mind the series is a work in progress.