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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.
Would anyone like to guess from this snippet what lovely wee creature I found in the garden just now?
I had a slow, leisurely amble along Loch Turret in Perthshire yesterday before heading up pathless slopes to Auchnafree Hill. Soooo beautiful! :)
Thanks to BBC Wildlife Magazine for publishing my celebratory tweet in last month’s magazine! I’m way past 100 posts on Wildfife.com now and here’s to the 200th before the year is out :)
Probably the most bizarre photo I’ve taken this working week. Owls, a picnic and an ambulance. What more could you want?
Socks. Lots and lots of socks. What IS it with socks? Everywhere I turn with my litter pickers, there are socks waiting for me. They’re often seen with pants and/or shoe. Yes that’s right, shoe singular. You never find a pair of shoes. That would be madness.
As the sun started setting last night, I rushed up East Lomond to see the fog rolling in. Others had done the same and stood motionless taking the beauty of it all in. It was quiet, calm and utterly peaceful.
If it’s humanly possible I think I adored Scotland just a little bit more at that moment…
Balmy evening here in Fife, perfect for sitting atop the Lomond Hills and watching the sunset. A real stunner today!
Blethering Ben - 48 - Trossachs bike & hike
A trundle along the shore of beautiful Loch Katrine in the Trossachs, before hiding the bike in some bracken and heading up the unassuming grassy lump of Meall Mor. Lovely views :)
The lovely town of Leslie in Fife last night, just before the huge wave of fog fell off the Forth and engulfed us all. Amazing to see it poised on the horizon like that.
The Lomond Hills not one hour ago, looking their absolute best in the evening sunshine :)
Bitesize Ben - The friendly sound of water
It’s one of life’s pleasures, following a burn up a mountainside to its source. A friendly companion on a hot day.
I took a walk along a section of the Fife Coastal Path earlier this week, between Kingsbarns and Crail. There was a profusion of field scabious and bird’s-foot trefoil at one location and there was a profusion of burnet moths to match.
At first I was delighted that I’d merely seen one specimen, but we quickly noticed dozens more in the vicinity. Wonderful flashes of colour on the coast, and a nice reminder that moths come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Also a reminder of the pivotal role these wee creatures play in the wildflower world. Just look at the pollen on its underside!
Forget midges, ticks and cleggs. The BIG annoyance this summer is the horrid plague of flies buzzing around my head and in my ears everywhere I go. Just look at this lot. Every time I turn around…..they’re there, massing on surfaces, marching or flying towards me. Aaarrgghh!
Earlier this week I went for a stroll along a section of the Fife Coastal Path between Kingsbarns and Crail.
I obeyed the sign……but look what I found on the beach! Obviously I didn’t touch it, just in case…..