Friday, 27 January 2017

January Catkins

Hazel catkins In the small v-shaped wood between the two paths in the Serpentine Walk in Lower Largo. I think that it is earlier than normal for these catkins possibly because of the mild December.

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.