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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.
Have you ever tried writing your name with a full moon and a long camera exposure? I promise you it’s not as easy as it looks. Granted I only have three letters to write but it took all my meagre brain power just to write a B!
An atomic explosion of a snow shower retreating over Falkland Hill this afternoon. I resembled a snowman after it had done its work.
Photo of the season so far, I think.
This is a stark illustration of why current conditions in the hills are so dangerous. This is a photo posted on Twitter today by snow expert Iain Cameron, showing an enormous chunk of snow that has fallen away from the cornice at the top of the coire.
You can see the gap where it was, and you can see the trail it made on its way down. Sobering. Remember to consult the avalanche forecast before you head to the hills.
16th February 2014
Perth - Blair Atholl - Drumochter - Loch Garry - Loch Rannoch - Loch Tummel - Pitlochry - Dunkeld - Perth
Map all marked-out. Let’s go!
And we’re off, rising high and following the A9. Here we’re approaching Bankfoot:
As we climb higher, a surprisingly flat eastern Perthshire sprawls out beyond with the Cairngorms on the horizon:More
On 16th February 2014, three very unusual things happened.
Firstly, the east of Scotland was basked in sunshine and relatively calm conditions. I say ‘relatively’ because for the previous ten weeks or so it had been nothing but gales.
Secondly, when presented with the first snow-under-a-blue-sky day I DIDN’T go hillwalking. Very unusual indeed, not least because up to that point I’d only managed a paltry two snowy walks all winter and was gagging to get out there and enjoy the bonkers amounts of snow coating our hills.
Thirdly, this was the day my resistance finally crumbled and I was persuaded to go up in an R22, a teeny tiny helicopter.
A pic from very early this morning. I’ve been searching for these curious and beautiful creatures for the past two weeks, having recently heard about them from some neighbours.
They’re roe deer……but as you can see, they’re not the all-over brown types with white bums! They’re brown with half of their bodies white! I know it looks like they’re wearing trousers but it’s completely natural.
You can see more photos and read all about why they’re this colour on my Wildfife blog: The mystery of the black and white deer.
It had been a while since I’d seen one of these, but I was fortunate enough to see this golden eagle flying above the Mar Lodge estate on Friday.
This is a snapshot from the latest video blog…..coming soon :)
Banking over the Falkland estate and the Lomond Hills of Fife yesterday. My favourite wee range of hills :)
I was up and out at 7am this morning, on the search for a mythical half-black-half-white roe deer. More on that another time, but suffice to say I didn’t find it. I did, however, encounter this pair of deer as they foraged nearby.
I crept up on them at the field edge and then crouched down with the sun behind me, downwind of their location. It was almost silent but for the chirping of blackbirds and a gentle breeze.
The deer were very curious……to a point. After five minutes or so one of them noticed me and cagily approached. For a moment I thought it was actually going to come within metres of me but all of a sudden it baulked and both deer ran off into the woods, barking loudly as they went. That in turn set all the local farm dogs barking too and thus the morning silence was broken ;-)
The lovely Fife village of St Monans, photographed yesterday on a gorgeous sunny Spring day :)
It’s the first day of Spring but it looked more like Summer on Fife’s beautiful coast today. This is approaching Pittenweem, with Anstruther and Fife Ness in the distance.
Fancy a dip?
The Northern Lights putting in a rare appearance over the Lomond Hills of Fife not 50 minutes ago…..before the cloud rolled in of course.
<looks out the window>
"Ooo, blue sky! That’s nice. I’ve not seen sun for ages. I think I’ll go for a walk to enjoy it"
<puts shoes and coat on>
<smiles and experiences hope>
<looks in the other direction, into the wind>
Back in the first week of November I spent five days in Torridon. The forecast before I drove north from Fife made grim reading with gales, blizzards, hail and ice. I went fully expecting to get zero days of walking but against all odds I somehow pulled off three full day walks, each with moments of sunshine, amazing views and even a full-on blue-sky alpine experience on Beinn Alligin.
Walking off Beinn Alligin on the final day, as I filmed my video blog, I remarked how autumn often lulls you into a false sense of security by offering up stunning winter conditions very early in the season.
I made a point of saying how it’s important not to get carried away and not think that autumn snows herald the start of a long and satisfyingly snowy winter because, all too often, the temperatures rise, the rain falls, and what looked like ‘here to stay’ snow is washed away from even the highest summits.More