Craigellachie Birch

Blue and gold

Autumn Birch, Craigellachie A stunning autumn morning at Craigellachie lochan, one of my favourite places locally.   The lochan is definitely a morning place – at this time of year the sun sets behind the crag by late morning throwing the wood into shade.  There was just one morning recently when we had early sun, so […]

autmn beech, rothiemurchus, cairngorms national park

Autumn Beech

Autumn Beech wood, Rothiemurchus Autumn has been late this year, and its stayed warmer longer than usual.  In this last week the Highland woods have been glowing against deep blue skies with beautiful days of sunshine. Beech tree glowing in the light of the sinking sun Pheasants squawked and scattered as I wandered, and I […]

Giant Sequioa, Dawyck Botanic Garden, Scottish Borders

Dawyck Redwoods

A grove of Giant Redwoods, Dawyck Botanic gardens in the Scottish Borders If you like trees, I can thoroughly recommend a visit to the Dawyck Botanic gardens, near Peebles, where 350 years of sustained interest and plant collecting from the cool temperate areas of the world are beautifully laid out.  Its a real contrast after […]

Douglas Fir, Feshiebridge


Douglas Fir, Feshiebridge, Strathspey A visit to one of my favourite trees in the district – a beautiful Douglas Fir standing on the rocky banks where the River Feshie tumbles through a wee gorge. The tree is named after David Douglas, the Scottish botanist who first ‘discovered’ it in British Columbia and the Western USA.  […]

Aheny River, Co Kerry, Ireland

Aheny River

Aheny River, Co. Kerry, Ireland A gorge and small waterfall on the Aheny River, inland from the charming town of Kenmare.  The whole land seemed so alive and full of vibrant energy, as each turn and twist of the small road brought new heart-tugs.  I loved this wee spot with the oak trees overhanging the […]

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 […]

tree branches with sunset glow

Tree Tracery

Tree branches with sunset haze, Torr Alvie Late afternoon on Torr Alvie, on a cold but beautifully sunny spring day.  I love the character of the old native Caledonian wood which cloaks the hill – it feels very special, with its mix of birch, juniper, beech and oak. I love this characterful Birch and Juniper […]

snow and light in trees, strathspey

Snow and light

Sunshine through snow-filled trees, Strathspey This week I awoke to find 18″ of snow overnight after Tuesday’s blizzards.  After digging out the house, I went for a cross-country ski expedition in the local woods.  Its hard going in such deep, fresh snow –  ideally one would let it settle for a few days before going […]

Birch tracery in mist


Birch outlines in mist. I love the delicate, graceful shape of the Birch and how the branches combine into a delicate tracery.  Thick mist filled the valley all day long, but it felt better to be out and enjoying it then sitting indoors thinking it looked heavy out!  Its subtle, but there’s a delicate purple […]

Strathspey sunset from Torr Alvie

Misty Forest Sunset

Sunset over Strathspey  from Torr Alvie Late afternoon strands of mist rose from the forest, turning fiery in the setting sun, the camera balanced on a convenient fencepost for support in the lower light. I realised that one of the reasons I love nature photography, apart from being out in my favourite places and sharing the […]

Birch Baubles

Birch Baubles

Birch trees shimmering with light Some more images from last week’s outing to Torr Alvie.  With no wind, the morning mist left the trees and grasses coated in dewdrops.  In the low temperature these don’t evaporate but stay all day, coating everything in a multi-faceted sparkling silveriness of countless refractions through the water drops. As […]

Breathing forest

Breathing Forest

Morning mist, Cairngorms National Park The mist rising from Kennapole, as seen from Torr Alvie, with the crags of Glenfeshie beyond, on one of those rare early winter days when the world conspires (and inspires) to amaze with beauty, the forest appearing to breath. I say morning mist, in fact it was already well into […]