Appiehouse, Stenness, Orkney
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Appiehouse, Stenness, Orkney

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The snow has come early this year, we don't usually get heavy snow before the new year.

This view is shot from a field blonging to the farm of Appiehouse in Clouston in Stenness. The view looks across the Stenness Loch to the Ness of Brodgar and a snow showere coming in from that direction.

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