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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.
Normally, on my days off, I’d be choosing routes and hills that steer clear of well known honeypots. Not because I’m a surly grouch on the hill necessarily (no, really!), but more because I like to soak up that wonderful feeling you get from big, empty open spaces. Being alone in the hills gives you a wonderful sense of self.
Whether it’s Ben Nevis, East Lomond or Arthur’s Seat, I’ll always climb down a rocky ledge or remove myself over a small rise to find my own little quiet place to sit and take it all in.
And yet, earlier this week I found myself sitting on the summit of one of Scotland’s most popular hills for well over an hour, while a procession of visitors appeared and disappeared around me.More
Autumn appears to be here already. This leaf at Beecraigs Country Park is the most ‘far gone’ I’ve seen yet.
What’s that you say? West Lothian’s beautiful? Yep!!
Snapped this afternoon from Witchcraig.
I ordered a funky new tent from the States last winter. A super-lightweight and super-sturdy Scarp 1. It was all very exciting but you have to seal the seams yourself and…..well……I kept putting that laborious job off.
BUT….with winter approaching and the prospect of some wild camping not far away, I finally got off my arse today and sealed the seams. It’s only taken me 7 months. Not bad really ;-)
The summit of wee Ben A’an in the Trossachs, earlier today. Not a bad spot to while away an hour and scoff some millionaires shortbread eh?
For once, a red admiral butterfly let me get close enough to photograph it drinking. I snapped this one yesterday at Beecraigs Country Park in West Lothian.
This has pretty much been my view for the last three days :)
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.