Saturday, April 16, 2016

N is for Nature

Ken suggested that we should do N is for naked, but I don't think the world is ready for that yet, so instead I'm doing N is for nature.  One of the reasons we moved to the Scottish Highlands is to be nearer to nature and we've definitely got that - we feel like we can breathe so much easier.

Here are some pictures that I took today in the area around Pitlochry - it's beautiful.  This is the river Tummel that runs through the town and like most rivers in the Highlands you will regularly see silly men standing in the water up to their waists trying to catch the fish.

These two pictures, above and below, were taken in roughly the same spot - we were standing on a dam wall.

The dam makes it difficult for the salmon to get up stream when it comes time for them to return for the breeding season, so alongside the river and the dam is a fish ladder for the salmon to use.

Beautiful spring daffodils.  Spring is probably my favourite season as there are so many lovely flowers coming out and it's the promise of the warmth of summer just around the corner.

We loved this display of heather in the local park - not long now until the heather will be blanketing the hills throughout the highlands.

 Selfie of us out enjoying nature.

Another gift to us in spring by mother nature is lambs - so cute!!  I love watching them dance around the field and have mock battles with each other.

These three collies were sitting very patiently whilst their master was chatting to another farmer.

 At first glance you're probably thinking that this is my sneaky attempt to include a graveyard in my post about nature.  Well you'd be wrong! The tree that is surrounded by a wall is a 5000 year old yew tree - that's very, very, very old.  It is in prison to stop people cutting bits off it. Imagine the things in history that this tree has seen, and today it saw us.

Final shot for today is the stunning yellow lilies that are in the pond down from our hotel - note how I've artfully managed to capture a bit of the sunset reflected in the water.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and get out and enjoy a bit of your local nature.

Pamela & Ken


  1. Beautiful photos! I would love to visit Scotland sometime. Some of my ancestors came from there. :)

    1. I think a lot of us have Scottish ancestors - they were obviously great travellers.

  2. Really enjoyed these. We recently moved from the "flatlands" to the mountains, and I couldn't be happier. Though I prefer cooler weather, I can appreciate nature's beauty any time of year.

    1. Thanks Stephanie, nature is such an important part of our wellbeing.

  3. Beautiful photos!! You're so lucky to be living in such gorgeous surroundings. And I'm so happy to see that they built steps for the salmon to use during their spawning season! That was very compassionate.

    Thanks for sharing the loveliness!

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Thanks Michele, I'm going to try and get a picture of the salmon using the ladder later in the year.