Dawn and I had crossed to an outcrop of mid-stream rocks in the river that feeds into Loch Aline. There was not a breath of wind and apart from the swirling, lapping of the waters, there was hardly a sound.
I sat in awed peacefulness, taking a set of bracketed long exposures and admiring the scene playing out before me.
Suddenly, with a frenzied crescendo, the surface just a couple of meters in front erupted. A large, silver flanked salmon cleared the surface, closely followed by the sleek, dark, seal that was hunting it down.
As soon as they had come, they'd gone. The ripples spread and faded leaving the scene to return to one of peaceful tranquility, although now I could see three dark shapes patrolling the estuary, awaiting more fish.
Location: Loch Aline, Ardtornish, Morvern, Scotland
Photographer: Chris Simmons