By Lucy Harvey
Incredible! Check out these mind-blowing pictures of Snow Tunnels in the Scottish Highlands.
These amazing tunnels can be found in Carn Ban Mor, Glenfeshie and Feithe Buidhe, near Ben Macdui, both of which are in the Cairngorms National Park.
The incredible photography was taken by wildlife photographer and professional mountain leader, Gary Hodgson, 55, of Aviemore, Highlands.
He has 35 years of Scottish winter Mountaineering to draw upon.
Gary said, “I venture into the mountains for work and play at least five times per week. The snow tunnels are just an extension of being in beautiful surroundings.
“Safety is absolute paramount before exploring inside these wonders of nature.
“Outside temperature, thickness of the tunnel walls and roof and the lack of paths are all to be considered.”
“The snow tunnels are formed by meltwater or rivers flowing from above.
“The depth of snow can be over five metres and sizeable areas of up to 300 metres long, depending on how snowy and cold the previous winter has been.”
“Most will completely melt away by late August.
“There are no big snow patches left in the English and Welsh mountains by late spring, unless we enter another ice age!”