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Avalanche in Scottish mountains caught on camera

An avalanche has been photographed as it slid down a mountainside in the Scottish Highlands.

Avalanches are rarely caught on camera in Scotland, and walkers and climbers are more likely to encounter debris - blocks of snow - after a slide has occurred.

A Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) forecaster took the pictures on Monday at Creag Meagaidh, on the northern side of Glen Spean.

The forecaster reported at least seven avalanches involving dry snow on Monday.

The avalanche hazard in the Creag Meagaidh area has been rated by SAIS as "considerable".

Creag Meagaidh is one of six mountain areas covered by the service.

The others are Lochaber, Glen Coe, Northern and Southern Cairngorms and Torridon.

The avalanche hazards in Lochaber and Glen Coe have also been rated "considerable".

The slides can occur naturally, or be triggered deliberately or accidently by human activity.

No-one was hurt in the event pictured on Monday.

SAIS forecasting seasons run from mid December to mid-April.

So far, 78 avalanches have been recorded this season.

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