Suspended in a raindrop

Water drops on Crocosmia. A break in the summer rain with the sun sparkling through.  For a few minutes, the world lay suspended in a raindrop.

sunset looking south over badenoch from Torr Alvie, Aviemore, Scotland

Badenoch from Torr Alvie

Looking south over Badenoch, from Torr Alvie, near Aviemore Torr Alvie is a wonderfully mysterious hill, rising up in the middle of the valley, covered in ancient natural forest (an open mix of birch, oak, beech, pine and juniper).  The ‘easy side’ is a long southwards slope which catches the sun, with a great view […]



Foxgloves, Rothiemurchus How often so you see such a deep blue sky in Scotland?  This tangle of foxgloves were growing in a meadow where trees had been felled, making a vibrant splash of colour on the steep slope. Here’s an etymologist’s musings on the derivation of the name foxglove – the summary?  Nobody knows where […]


Winter Storm clouds over Geal-Charn-Mor, the Monadhliath Mountains Taken a few years ago on a ski trip across the Monadhliath.  We started out with blue skies and perfect conditions, but the weather was rapidly coming in and by the time we were up in the hills it was getting quite dramatic.  You can see the […]

Golden Birch

Birch, golden with the rays of sunset. After another week of downpours, I suppose we should be getting used to it by now!  We had one evening this week when the rain stopped and the sun came out, so I am glad I took the opportunity to get out.  This beautiful birch tree was catching […]


Lupins, early morning, River Spey, Aviemore Its midsummer, and we have light from 3.30am until 11pm – so its a shame that its been a constant ‘twilight zone’ of grey and rain all week; apart from midsummer’s day which dawned blue and beautiful.  I went for an early morning walk to the ‘Lupinarium’ which grows […]

Sluggan Bridge

Thyme at Sluggan Bridge, River Dulnain, Strathspey. After weeks of rain, a sunny day! It was lovely to lay in the grass, amongst patches of wild thyme, clover and herbs and feel the hot sun. The bees were busy enjoying it too. Sluggan Bridge was part of the military road network built by General wade […]