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
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
(Lutraria lutraria) but it's encrusted with empty barnacle shells, probably from the acorn barnacle (Semibalanus balanoides) which has a diamond shaped aperture.
One of the barnacles has been knocked off but can still see the basal plate by which it was attached (middle left of photo).
Monday, 15 August 2016
For many years, tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) was used as a medicinal herb despite its toxicity. A bitter tea made with tansy flowers has been used for centuries as an anthelmintic to treat parasitic worm infestations, and tansy cakes were traditionally eaten during Lent because it was believed that eating fish during Lent caused intestinal worms. However, it has no place in modern herbal medicine.
Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family known by various other names e.g. lesser knapweed, black knapweed and hardheads.
Knapweed is a good source of nectar attracting bees and butterflies. Its seeds also provide food for many birds.