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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.
I accidentally upped the contrast on this pic of a stag….and actually quite liked the result.
"Feels like -7C". I know it’s August but I can feel the corners of my mouth turning upwards ;-)
"If you’ve been out in the hills lately you’ll hopefully have noticed shades of purple and pink standing out against the otherwise green landscape. Certainly that’s been my experience on two recent walks, one up Beinn a’ Bhuird via The Sneck in the Cairngorms and one along Loch Turret in Perthshire.
The different shades I saw on those walks are the ones that accompany summer’s inevitable slide towards autumn, as the heathers burst into flower.”
Click on the link for my latest Nature column for Walkhighlands.
Blethering Ben - 49 - Blowing off the cobwebs
As Autumn approaches and the first snows of the season get ever closer, it’s time to blow off the summer cobwebs and find my hill legs again. Ben Ledi is the perfect hill for this; not too big, not too small, nice and pointy and with wonderful big moody views of the southern Highlands. Oh and it’s got ravens too!
Found on a fence this week and coming to a kids’ story book near you soon! ;-)
Heather in the Lomond Hills on a lovely warm evening last week. With torrential rain, 12C and the log fire lit for the first time since April it really does feel like summer has left these shores now though.
Aye, I know you’re well camouflaged ‘n’ all when you stay still but……you made this noise with your legs and now I CAN SEE YOU!!
Whenever you move something that’s been in situ on the ground for a a wee while, you need to be careful you’re not causing undue disturbance to creatures that have set up home underneath it.
Usually that’s limited to all manner of worms, beetles, centipedes and millipedes and the occasional amphibian, all of which are able to move home relatively easily. At the first hint of daylight striking their former home they scurry off into the nearest shadows and into safety, while the worms start burrowing down into the damp soil.
Occasionally though, you find something else. Something that can’t move home quite as easily.
Overnight Survival Skills for 13 kids last night. I think I must have stared at this fire for ten hours straight without going to sleep. Oddly meditative.
Gawd I’m tired!
Blind baby mice I inadvertently disturbed at work yesterday before successfully reuniting them with their parent :)
You may or may not have heard about the application for 24 giant wind turbines to be constructed on the fringes of Rannoch Moor, between lochs Rannoch and Ericht.
The development would be a stone’s throw from Ben Alder, just across Loch Ericht and would be visible from across the great moor of Rannoch. This is what is at stake, which I photographed from Beinn Bheoil, Ben Alder’s neighbour only last month:
As inappropriate a siting for an industrial development as you could possibly imagine, and for many of us it is a nightmare scenario in terms of natural heritage and wild land.
As you might expect there’s been a flurry of very public objections shared within hillwalking and conservation circles, and in line with that I thought I’d publish the objection I’ve just this minute sent through.
I’ve left mine to the very last minute as the deadline for responses is 5th August. But if you have the time and want to object, go to Keep Rannoch Wild for info. You don’t have to write nearly as much as I did! I tried to keep it short and objective but it’s hard to do so about somewhere so iconic.
Energy Consents and Deployment Unit
5 Atlantic Quay
Application for the proposed Talladh - a - Bheithe Wind Farm - Objection
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Back in February I tried to reach The Sneck, the high pass between Beinn a’ Bhuird and Ben Avon in the Cairngorms. Deep snow and blizzards carried on a biting northerly wind thwarted that effort, so I went back last week in somewhat different weather…….and made it!
I did shelter building today for a kids’ birthday party. I told them, “use anything you find, provided it’s dead and not green”. They found a hay bale and thus constructed the best shelter ever! :)
A dipper I crept up on earlier this week. You can see its distinctive white eyelid, which is unmistakable when it blinks even from a distance. Amazing wee birds, seen fluttering up and down rivers & burns.