Among the Summer Snow celebrates and reflects upon the summer snow patches of the Scottish Highlands.
These snow patches are remarkable things, idiosyncratic and distinctive in appearance. Towards the end of an average summer some thirty or forty survive in the mountains, and the sheer fact of they’re still there is part of their magic. But they fascinate for a host of other reasons. They are all different. They are transient phenomena, in a state of slow decomposition. At close range their surfaces are often like hieroglyphs on tablets of ice. They are imposing, thought-provoking and beautiful.
This is an enchanting, unique seven-day journey in search of summer snow patches in the Scottish Highlands, but also becomes a meditation on the lure of the mountains themselves.
Christopher Nicholson is the author of novels Winter (Fourth Estate) and Elephant Keeper (Fourth Estate). Among the Summer Snows is his first non-fiction book.