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The photographer sees the climber climbing the Scottish Highlands only a week later

Fancy a place with I-ce spy? Photographer takes incredible picture of a snowy mountain in the Scottish Highlands, but does not notice that the climber only climbs the peak a week later

  • Sylvan Buckley, 44, visited Glencoe in Scottish Highlands on February 13
  • He aimed his lens at Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive while he was there
  • When he got home, he saw a small figure in a blue coat against the mountain
  • He posted it on Facebook and Ken Applegate, 38, recognized himself in the photo
  • A photographer accidentally took a photo of a climber who climbed a snow-covered mountain and was able to follow the mystery walker on Facebook.

    Sylvan Buckley, 44, visited Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands hoping to photograph a dramatic sunset on February 13.

    While he waited, he pointed his lens at the neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive and took pictures.

    A photographer accidentally took a photo of a climber who climbed a snow-covered mountain and was able to follow the mystery walker on Facebook

    A photographer accidentally took a photo of a climber who climbed a snow-covered mountain and was able to follow the mystery walker on Facebook

    Sylvan Buckley, 44, visited Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands

    Sylvan Buckley, 44, visited Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands

    Mr. Buckley inadvertently captured (photo) mountaineer instructor Ken Applegate, 38, in neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive

    Mr. Buckley inadvertently captured (photo) mountaineer instructor Ken Applegate, 38, in neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive

    Sylvan Buckley, 44, (left) was visiting Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands when he accidentally captured mountaineer instructor Ken Applegate, 38, (right) in neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive

    Only when Mr. Buckley came home to Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, did he see a little figure dressed in a blue coat against the snowy mountain.

    And he decided to track down the climber and post the photo on Facebook in an attempt to find him.

    Mountaineer instructor Ken Applegate, 38, immediately recognized himself in the photo.

    Mr. Buckley said: “I was looking for photo locations that followed the River Coupall from Glen Etive to the Glencoe pass.

    Mr. Buckley sent Mr. Applegate a copy of the shot (Mr. Applegate circled here) in case he wants to print it himself

    Mr. Buckley sent Mr. Applegate a copy of the shot (Mr. Applegate circled here) in case he wants to print it himself

    Mr. Buckley sent Mr. Applegate a copy of the shot (Mr. Applegate circled here) in case he wants to print it himself

    ‘I was hoping to find a nice location to set up and wait for sunset.

    “I saw some deer on the hills, so I went to see if they would come to the river.

    “While I waited, I decided to make some close-ups of the Buachaille Etive Mor summit.

    While he waited for the sunset, he pointed his lens at the neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive and took pictures. Only then Mr. Buckley came home to Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, he saw a little figure dressed in a blue coat against the snowy mountain

    While he waited for the sunset, he pointed his lens at the neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive and took pictures. Only then Mr. Buckley came home to Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, he saw a little figure dressed in a blue coat against the snowy mountain

    While he waited for the sunset, he pointed his lens at the neighboring Buachaille Etive Mor in Glen Etive and took pictures. Only then Mr. Buckley came home to Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, he saw a little figure dressed in a blue coat against the snowy mountain

    ‘Only when I finally got the chance to sit down a week later and go through the shots did I happen to see the person standing on the ridge.

    “I zoomed in and saw the blue of the man’s jacket against the snow

    “I thought I’d reach out and hopefully find the person in the recording.

    “Fortunately I found him and sent him a copy of the shot in case he wants to print it himself.”

    Mountaineer Mr Applegate, who runs mountain guides on the west coast, took a customer up the mountain when he was caught on camera.

    Applegate of Fort William said: ‘When I saw the photo, I knew it was me.

    “I had been on the mountain with a client around the time Mr. Buckley said he was taking the photo.

    Mr. Buckley decided to track down the climber and post the photo on Facebook in an attempt to find him

    Mr. Buckley decided to track down the climber and post the photo on Facebook in an attempt to find him

    Mr. Buckley decided to track down the climber and post the photo on Facebook in an attempt to find him

    “I wore a blue jacket and red pants, so distinctive.

    ‘I have seen some fantastic photos of Buachaille Etive Mor over the years, I think it should be the most popular mountain in Scotland for photographers.

    “But I couldn’t believe that Sylvan managed to get me in the picture and took the time to discuss it in so many details to find me – it’s great.

    “It’s an incredible windfall.”

    Mr. Buckley added: “All in all it was a really good day in the hills of Glencoe and a nice result to be able to tell a story from one of the recordings from the day on.

    ‘I always say that the photos I take of the area never do the scale of the mountain skills, but these do.

    “The photos were made with a 200 mm zoom and really put it in perfect perspective.”

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