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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.
This is what Algy heard while he was sitting in his tree late in the evening, watching the red deer in the gloaming. It may not seem very exciting...
Exclusive photo just in from Captain Andy, my Southwest England ‘eye in the sky’ correspondent ;-)
A lovely aerial photo taken this morning of the undulating rural landscape near Wrington, southwest of Bristol. There’s no yellow in the fields here in Fife just yet, which indicates how much warmer it is further south. England has had a cool Spring too but as Andy says, “In the space of two weeks the fields have come alive”.
Look at this photo of north Fife this week. On the face of it all looks pretty normal for May. Some sunshine, some showers, and crucially everything is looking nice and green. Spring-like, you might say. But look closer and it’s quickly apparent just how strange a Spring we’re having, so here’s my review of how Spring has fared so far in Fife.More
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Dalwhinnie Distillery - Summer 2005
What’s your favourite dram? To celebrate World Whisky Day I thought I’d upload an old 35mm photo of Dalwhinnie Distillery in the Highlands.
Fortunately it’s since become one of my favourite drams but I actually took the photo because of the amazing bank of cloud hugging the Drumochter hills beyond.
As for my other ‘favourites’ I’d have to include Benriach, Glenfarclas, Springbank and, of course, anything from Islay :)
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EVENING!!
I didn’t really intend to go for a bike ride along the Lomond plateau after work but given the god-awful forecast tomorrow…..well….like I keep on saying, you have to make good use of the good weather when it’s here eh?
<sobs> The last snow in Fife :(
But don’t despair, we only have 4 or so months until snow starts returning to the higher hills ;-)
I’ve never been so grateful for a stone dyke as earlier this afternoon, when I was caught in a sudden squall in the Lomond Hills. Wonderful shelters from the elements :)
I may be rugged and manly but I’m not THAT rugged and manly ;-)
I was out & about yesterday afternoon snapping photos of Spring when I happened upon this lovely scene. Can anyone name the tree?
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Tongue Bay - September 2003
Driving north along Scotland’s north coast, nothing really prepares you for the sudden appearance of Tongue Bay as you crest the adjacent hills.
A sweeping bay fringed by Ben More and Ben Loyal, the latter towering above the village of Tongue. Best pull over if you’re in a car, ‘cause you’ll risk crashing as you try to snatch glimpses of the amazing scenery.
Blethering Ben - 17 - Dunnet Head: The End of the World
The first of a small series of films from my time in Caithness & Sutherland this winter. With 100mph winds forecast on the hills, hillwalking was off-limits and I instead plumped for a cold, windy visit to the most northern point of Great Britain. As with everywhere else during my two weeks in Caithness & Sutherland, I had it completely to myself :)
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An Teallach - October 2006
I climbed this gnarly old hill on a balmy October day in perfect calm conditions. Absolutely stunning ridge walk and without doubt one of Scotland’s finest hills. You need a head for heights though!
60 minutes ago…..
A beautiful morning for an early bike ride to West Lomond and back before work :)
Fife Coastal Path: Pittenweem to St Monans
Poor old Fife. Much maligned by folk south of the Forth, it can be difficult to persuade people of its merits. But this short walk I took yesterday along a very short section of the coastal path shows what a stunningly beautiful place it is.
The Fife Coastal Path winds its way around 117 miles of Fife’s varied coastline, passing as it does beneath the Forth bridges, through industrial towns, over golf courses, dunes, beaches, through picturesque fishing villages, around forests full of red squirrels and of course, through the spiritual home of golf (St Andrews).
Yep, this very morning in fact. So lovely to hear their clicking noises on a day as beautifully sunny as this :)
Scotland is usually a story of two halves. If the west is wet then the east is probably dry. If the north is cold then the south is probably warm……or at least less cold.
In Spring it’s usually the east that suffers from cooling easterly winds while the west is bathed in sunshine. That was certainly true last month, so while the east of Scotland was languishing in low cloud and low temperatures I took advantage of the beautiful weather out west for a spot of wild camping. Here’s a photo account of that overnight excursion…..
I chose Morvern, a part of the mainland that feels more remote than it is by virtue of it being separated by Loch Linnhe and a short ferry crossing at Corran. VERY short in fact. Just five minutes but it may as well be five hours as the pace slows markedly on the other side:
If you happened to be up and at ‘em at 6am this morning and were listening to Radio 4, you’d have heard David Attenborough giving us a 90 second lowdown on one of Britain’s best loved birds, the cuckoo.
At first there was that unmistakable sound of a cuckoo calling, and then Attenborough proceeded to tell us how these birds migrate to and from sub-Saharan Africa and how our ancestors thought they turned into sparrowhawks in the winter months.
This wasn’t a lone episode though, rather it’s part of a year-long celebration of British birdsong called ‘Tweet of the Day’.More