Thursday, 17 December 2009

Photos of Robin

It's been a snowy day today and the forecast is for more over the next few days. Will it be a white Christmas? I put the bird food out and as usual, Robin came for his lunchtime visit and sat on the fence watching my dog sniffing the snow in the garden! I took a few photos of him and he was happy to sit there for me, all puffed up keeping warm.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Green Knowes - Ochil Hills

Photos from my walk up to the wind farm on Green Knowes early on a misty Saturday morning.

A deer on the horizon - later spotted running across hill with another

Distant view to Ben Lomond

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Sightings This Weekend

Notes of my wildlife sightings over the weekend:

A couple of deer in the Ochil hills.

A male sparrowhawk perched in the apple tree right outside my lounge window. I saw the female flying across the back garden a few minutes later.

On a walk by the river this morning I watched a dipper bobbing away on a rock before it flew off down the river. Then a heron flew quite low overhead.

A wren darted out from a river bank.

Friday, 11 December 2009

A Frosty Winter's Walk

I went out early this morning to take my dog for a walk along the village farm tracks. It was a very frosty morning and mist was hanging in low-lying areas. The sun came up from behind the Cleish hills on the way back and lit up the frosty vegetation.

There's my labrador lurking in the background!

The Ochil Hills

The sun appears from behind the hills

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Castlehill Reservoir, Glen Devon

Photos I have taken today of Castlehill Reservoir on the Glen Devon road in the Ochil Hills. The reflections were lovely. There were a few obliging swans adding some extra interest into the photos.

Friday, 4 December 2009

Winter Light in Rumbling Bridge Gorge

I went for a walk through Rumbling Bridge gorge this morning. The light was looking lovely through the trees and if I could have got there earlier, I'm sure the colours would have been even better.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Snow in the Ochil Hills

The first snows of this winter hit yesterday evening and the Ochil hills have had their first covering. We can have a lot of snow in the village but none on the hills and vice versa, so I wasn't sure if there would be much up there today. There was about an inch and a half still lying this morning.

Spotted a buzzard flying off from a fence post.

Lovely reflections on Castlehill Reservoir

Cloud rolling down Lendrick Hill

Tops of the wind turbines just visible through the cloud

Cuillins, Skye, from Sligachan

A couple of photos of the Cuillins taken from Sligachan. The colour of the landscape that morning was incredible, the early morning sun giving the land a rich golden glow. What a beautiful place Skye is!

Cuillins, Skye, from Elgol

Given that I am not very good with walking close to vast drops from mountain sides, I know that the Cuillin ridge is something that I will never traverse. In fact, just looking at the sheer sides and the jagged ridge line sends my legs into a jelly-like state!

Feared and loved by so many, you cannot fail to be awestruck and amazed by the sheer scale, beauty and the wonder of nature when you look at them.

Here is a selection of photos I took of the Cuillins from Elgol when on Skye recently. All pictures were taken within an hour and a half of each other, showing just how quickly the weather can change. I was so lucky to get there with the sun shining on them and blue sky!

Shower approaches

Another shower advances, with Canna in background

The rain passes right across the loch in front of us, we stayed dry!