Saturday, 14 January 2017

First Snow of 2017

Thought that we had escaped the snow on Thursday, but Friday morning saw a light covering of snow.
Snow covered paths in the Serpentine Walk.

From the middle of the Serpentine Walk looking across snow-covered fields to a stand of trees shaped by the wind.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Surprises at Shell Bay

 Examining the lichen on this rock at Shell Bay, I suddenly was aware of the 'crocodile' lying on top.

A little further along the beach another surprise.

The bright yellow patches are yellow splash lichen - Xanthoria parietina. I think that the grey patches are black shields - Tephromela atra.
Finally I picked up a horseshoe which I found on a path through the woods. It was covered in sand and mud and still had some nails attached but it's polished up quite well. Maybe it will be a lucky one for 2017.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Largo Bay at Dusk

 Never tire of the views of the sun setting over Largo Bay

From left to right on the horizon, parked oil platforms, the Pentland hills and the giant wind turbine at Methil.

The sun lights up the wet sand.
Light and shade in the black and white photo.
A young swan, still with it grey feathers, stands alone at the edge of the tide.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Birnie and Gaddon Lochs on Christmas Day

Looking through the trees at Birnie Loch.
With the tail end of Storm Barbara still blowing decided it was too windy for a beach walk and went instead to the nature reserve of Birnie and Gaddon Loch.
 Plenty of bird life, mute swans and various ducks

A young  mute swan still with some grey feathers.
Fungi on a dead tree trunk.

Friday, 2 December 2016

The Queen's View

Very cold and frosty weather (-5°C) in Pitlochry last week but we were rewarded with sparkling views. The Queen's view in particular was spectacular.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Icy Small Waterfall

Although most of the frost had gone by yesterday afternoon, there was still some sculptural ice at the side of the little waterfall in the middle of the Serpentine Walk.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Autumn 2016 in the Serpentine Walk

Autumn colours in the Serpentine Walk
A viburnum tree with red leaves and red berries.

Autumn is also a good time to see fungi.