Mossy beech trunk

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With November’s gales and rain firmly established over the west coast of Scotland, I feel the need to remind myself of spring half a year ago. They say the beech is the queen of trees.

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Lochan an Torrnalaich

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Out for a very pleasant walk this afternoon in warm spring sunshine. This is Lochan an Torrnalaich, viewed from the south and through a polarising filter. Plenty of deer, including a 12-point red stag, and lesser celandines and primroses peeking out here and there.

[Correct name of lochan applied.]

Daffodils

Daffodils in a jug

Outside our house, which is in the centre of the village, is a picnic table dedicated to a former resident of the village, Janet Stone, who died a few years ago at an early age. This jug has been kept full of flowers for over a year now in her memory.

I took a couple of different photographs of the jug and flowers the other day, the one at the head of the post is a higher-tone version than the one below. I like the retro feel of the colours in the first one, and the saturation of the colours in the second one.

Daffodils in a jug

Two buds

Horsechestnut leaf buds breaking

 

Two horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) leaf buds breaking in the early spring. This particular tree reaches out over the river that runs through the village and this, and similar photos to follow, were taken from the road bridge.