Thursday, 17 April 2014

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Have seen lesser black-baked gulls (Larus fuscus) near the pier at Lower Largo, but never as close as this one on the wall at the terrace on top of the National Museum in Edinburgh.The bright yellow legs differentiate it from the great black-backed gull (Larus marinus).

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

First Peacock Butterfly of 2014

One of my favourite butterflies, a peacock, on a dandelion flower. I've seen quite a few small tortoiseshell butterflies flitting about, although too fast to get a photo, but this  is the first peacock that I've seen this year.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

A Bank of Spring Beauty

Just across the road from the Lundin Links Hotel, there is a bank covered in spring beauty (Claytonia perfoliata).

The flowers are tiny and are unusual in growing from the centre of the leaf.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Misty Views

A misty view of the beach at Lundin Links.
This has been a cloudy drizzly and misty week. Not so much as even a brief glimpse of the sun.
Lower Largo beach. The houses at the temple have disappeared in the mist.
A slightly hazy view of the viaduct from the pier.
The path in the Serpentine Walk disappears into the mist.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

A Patch of Sweet Violets

Just above the beach at the foot of the Massney Braes in Lundin Links growing amongst the leaf-litter and tangled vegetation there is a patch of the palest pink almost white sweet violets (Viola odorata). They are the first violets of the spring.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Pheasant Feather

The distinctive colours and pattern of a male pheasant tail feather that I found lying on the road between Upper Largo and Lundin Links.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Late March in the Serpentine Walk

Groups of daffodils line the path in the Serpentine Walk in Largo.

Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is coming into flower. The flowers come out just before the leaves. With hawthorn it's the other way round the leaves first, then the flowers.

Here and there the first celandines are beginning to appear. As we walked along the path could here the buzz of a bumblebee and a small tortoiseshell butterfly flitted past.