waterlilies, lochan mor, rothiemurchus, cairngorms national park, scotland

Waterlilies

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 flower

Geranium

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

Wildflower Meadow

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

Fern

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

Apple Blossom

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 […]

Bee on Dahlia

Dahlia Bee

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 […]

Lily Loch reflections

Lily Loch

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 […]

Poppy Raindrops

Poppy Raindrops

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 […]

geranium, wildflower meadow, midsummer

Midsummer Meadow

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 […]

bee on rhododendron flower

Bee Hug

Rhododendron Bee My Rhododendron has had its best display in years, just laden with delicate pink blossom this last week, possibly due to the mild winter we’ve experienced.  The bees have been on a constant mission into the flowers all week, especially on these hot (for Scotland, that is) spring days we’ve had over Easter.  […]