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!
This view of the garden and Loch Leven and its castle in the distance illustrates only too well the vagaries of the Scottish weather. The sky is overcast and leaden and yet the garden in the foreground is bathed in sunshine. Regular readers may recognise this view - it's one of my favourites and I go back on a regular basis to Kinross House to see it and the gardens at different times of the year.
Clematis plants and flowers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This large bloom was on a climber which was growing in the walled garden of Kellie Castle in Fife.
Dahlias are bursting into bloom in gardens all over Scotland as thev warmer weather encourages them to produce their showy blooms. This example was photographed at Cambo Estate in Fife, a few miles from Kellie Castle.
This unusual striped rose was also growing in the gardens at Cambo Estate.
It would be nice to think that this picture of a Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly was taken as it flew past! But of course it is feeding on a flower which is completely obscured by its body and colourful wings.
This is the time of year when Scotland's national emblem, the thistle, come sinto bloom, accompanied by its jagged leaves. Having recently pursued a butterfly through some of these plants to get a photograph, I can vouch for the sharpness of those spikes!
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