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The environment, Nature and beauty from a Scottish perspective.
Knowledge is power......but beyond that I don't have a particular agenda to push here. I don't necessarily have answers to the questions our environment is demanding of us.....but I do have the desire to get more people talking about environmental issues even if we don't all see eye to eye.
Problems are unlikely to be addressed let alone resolved unless folk know what is going on around them. And to that end, information & debate are ultimately better than ignorance or sticking our heads in the sand.
PLUS....it's a beautiful, awe-inspiring and sometimes terrifying planet. Put some time aside to marvel at it.
Sad to see scenes like this in West Lothian again today, given we’re still clearing up from the devastation inflicted by the storm in January 2012.
Some more photos from an interesting day, weather-wise. After the storm, after the snow….came clear skies, a bitingly cold wind and a starry starry night.
We’ve had storms, flooding, bridge closures…..and now we’ve got the occasional blizzard here in Fife this afternoon. Wonderful big beefy snow clouds blowing through…..and this wee cutie foraging in the aftermath.
Yay! Chuffed to bits to discover that some of my video blog footage has made it into this BBC documentary to be screened next Wednesday (11th December). Or at least, made it into this wee trailer for the programme.
Though it’s only being screened on BBC1 Scotland, viewers elsewhere in the UK will be able to watch it if they have Sky or Freeview etc as you can receive all of the regional variations. Channel 951 on Sky I think.
Click through the link to see the trailer on iPlayer.
Beautiful clear (but breezy) scenes on East Lomond late this afternoon. The calm before the storm? Certainly as I type this I can hear the wind picking up outside….
My car is evolving simple communication skills. Spelling needs some work though.
After weeks of no sightings, I recently spotted the young partridge family in my front garden.
Sat on some paving slabs next to the shed, they were huddled together on a cold frosty morning just as the sun was coming up. The three of them are evidently doing well, though it’s still fairly obvious which of them is this year’s chick.
I know they’re not native birds and people have mixed feelings about their role in the countryside, but given I’ve watched this young family as they’ve rushed about the farm, dodging kestrels and cars, going from ten chicks to one, this early morning scene was a lovely thing to see.
If you’ve missed the ongoing partridge saga, you can catch up by reading ‘From 10 to 1: The story of the Partridge Family’. I promise you cute photos ;-)
Part 2 of my photo journal showcasing the best of last winter in Scotland.
As you’ll see, Winter 2013/14 has a lot to live up to.
Today is 1st December, the first day of the meteorological winter. To say that I’m excited at its arrival would be something of an understatement.
After 6 or 7 months of mild or even hot weather during which I tend to curtail my outdoors activities, come December I am well and truly ready to get back out there and enjoy the storms, ice, snow and blizzards.
In my opinion Scotland looks its absolute best in these dark winter months with crystal clear air, stunning sunrises & sunsets, beautiful low-cast light and landscapes transformed beyond recognition.
Despite tabloid hysteria we don’t yet know what Winter 2013/14 will bring, but in anticipation and celebration of my favourite season I thought I’d look back at last winter and share my favourite photos of this beautiful country.
As you’ll see, Winter 2013/14 has a lot to live up to.More
I pedalled up the very lovely Glenvale today and I was struck at how many shades of red and brown were on display in this one tiny glen. Beautiful!
The East of Scotland was treated to a real stunner late this afternoon. Were you lucky enough to see it? If not, this is how it looked here in the Lomond Hills.
Blethering Ben - 30 - The Bowl and the Buttress
Tucked away out of view behind the massive bulk of Beinn Eighe is some of Scotland’s grandest mountain architecture. I decided to pay it a visit and, encouraged by good weather decided to continue upwards in the hope of a stunning panorama. Those hopes were dashed when the weather closed in but in the best-timed weather improvement I can remember, I got what I was hoping for.
I even got a brocken spectre for my efforts!
A remarkably bold mouse I found in a West Lothian wood pile today.
Blethering Ben - 29 - Loch Leven: A sparkling jewel
With snow on the hills and a sunny day forecast I was eager to get up into the hills…..but a pesky cough put an end to that. This is Scotland though, so there’s ALWAYS a wonderful alternative when your plans need to change and I therefore headed down the road to Loch Leven.
If I couldn’t get a huge dose of Vitamin D from snow glare, I thought I could get it from a huge sparkling jewel of a loch. I’m always talking-up Fife and Kinross-shire because they’re often overlooked in terms of beauty and wildlife, so here you have a brief introduction to a very special place.
Bitesize Ben - The glaciers would start here!
Scotland is covered with coires; huge bowls carved out of hillsides by ice. In this quick film I visit one of our most impressive coires to give a wee introduction to these imposing places. Standing below the magnificent Triple Buttress, I ponder what might happen if our climate cooled by just a couple of degrees.
Filmed in Coire Mhic Fhearchair, Beinn Eighe, Torridon.