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What is the brocken spectre?

A spooky weather effect, which in the past was thought to be a supernatural creature, has been photographed in Glen Coe. But what is the story behind it?

The myth describes him as a Scottish Big Foot, said to loom large in shifting grey cloud on the UK's second highest mountain.

The Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui first came to prominence in the 1920s during a dinner speech at an annual gathering of the Cairngorm Club in Aberdeen. etc .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
17th February 2015ce

Comments (6)

Fascinating, truly fascinating. tjj Posted by tjj
17th February 2015ce
I've only experienced it once in all my time... upon Carnedd Llewelyn. Pretty rare.
19th February 2015ce
Pick the right time and they are common , i.e. a temperature inversion , walk up to where you are just above the cloud/mist , as long as the sun is not too high , bosh , but it can mean driving through thick mist then walking through it . November -February is best . They make album covers too . tiompan Posted by tiompan
20th February 2015ce
To be fair you would probably need to be local(ish) to a mountainous region. I've experienced plenty of temperature inversions, but just the one proper brocken spectre in 25-odd years. Time flies GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
21st February 2015ce
You can get them at low levels , as long as the conditions are right , bridges are ideal , if their height coincides with the top of the mist, as are coastal cliffs , Torrs is by Ilfracombe .
tiompan Posted by tiompan
21st February 2015ce
"They make album covers too"

Aha, indeed they do!

Physical copies sold out, digital download still available ;)

Evergreen Dazed Posted by Evergreen Dazed
2nd April 2015ce
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