Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. On occasions, there are so many such graphics worth including that a separate "colour supplement" is created so as not to totally overload the Newsletter. Here is this week's crop!
The pictures below were all taken at the National Trust for Scotland's Culzean Castle Country Park on Monday and Tuesday - when the temperatures soared!
Culzean Castle stands above a cliff on the coast of Ayrshire, some miles south of the town of Ayr. Although there was a lot of sunshine on Tuesday when this photo was taken, there was also more cloud that day. This picture shows the cloud behind the castle while the building itself is still in bright sun.
Yellow Inula and pink Sidalcea are prominent in this picture taken in the walled garden.
This butterfly goes by the name of "Common Blue" but as far as I am concerned it is definitely uncommon. THis was the first time I had seen one, far less managed to get a photo!
Wild birds can be a most frustrating subject for amateur photographers. But this male chaffinch was well used to hopping down onto the tables in the open-air tearoom at the Old Stables in Culzean. This tearoom also has the advantage of having delightful views of Culzean Bay.
Native to sub-tropical parts of the world, the Portalucca is a succulent that thrives in dry, sunny spots. It was certainly getting that this week!
This magnificent stag's antlers still has a soft velvet covering but in a month or two it will be battling with the other stags in the herd and all that covering will have disappeared.
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