Indian summer happened last week – a day of stunning blue sky, glowing colours, and amazing clarity of light.
A moment in the garden… A break in the summer rain and the sun sparkling through. For a few minutes, the world lay suspended in a raindrop.
Continuing my annual quest to get the waterlily image that I’m after in my head
Waterlilies on Lochan Mor Its time for the semi-annual foray to see the waterlilies on Lochan Mor (literally – the large-sized small loch… Gaelic place-names are so completely descriptive). Earlier in the summer the flowers were mostly submerged, after all the constant rain. Now they’re floating nicely. I love how the light shines through them […]
Sparkling raindrops on Geranium Our Scottish summer is in full swing – moments of intense sunshine sparkle through the raindrops. This image is from the garden, a lovely pinky-purple geranium first thing in the morning after a night of rain. The garden is full of bees, so we must be doing something right. Big bumblebees […]
Cranesbill and grass, wildflower meadow, Newtonmore, Strathspey The Wildcat Trail along the Spey riverbank at Newtonmore, is, in early summer, a beautiful native wildflower meadow. This is marginal land – of no agricultural value, prone to winter floods, so it has been left alone for nature to flourish, whilst still having some limited use […]
Fern uncoiling, Craigellachie wood, Aviemore I’d been waiting all week for the right light for the ferns – I knew they were sprouting rapidly, uncoiling their inner spirals, but the weather had just been too stormy and cloudy. Several times I made the trip, only to have a big cloud sitting overhead while sunlight flashed […]
Apple Bud After a week of amazing spring weather (and hailstones – it is April after all), the apple is in beautiful full blossom. I love the delicate pink. Apple of course has a long association with love, giving in abundance. The apple flower reflects Venus with her 5-pointed star, the same pentagram is revealed […]
Dahlia Bee This particular bee was either asleep, drunk on nectar, or just taking a nap, as it stayed on the flower for over 2 hours, giving the occasional lackadaisical wave of its antennae. Even with the bee at rest it wasn’t an easy photograph – the flowers have very long stems and wave around […]
Evening reflections at the Lily Loch Inspirational Image has been a bit quiet recently – three weeks seem to have gone by in the space of one! A summer evening at one of my favourite places, Lochan Mor in Rothiemurchus, otherwise known as the Lily Loch. Regular readers may notice that the loch and its […]
Raindrops on poppy One from the garden this week, to illustrate summer in Scotland. Its bright and sunny, then as the towering cumulo-nimbus pass, the temperature drops about 10 degrees and the downpour… pours. I love the richness of colour in this, though, with the brightness of the water droplets. I’m very aware of, and […]
Cranesbill, wildflower meadow, River Spey A midummer’s day stroll through the most beautiful wildflower meadow by the banks of the River Spey. Unfortunately the day was overcast, with just occasional brief bursts of sunshine – enough time to focus, not enough time to complete a photo – but the flowers were beautiful. I love the […]