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 almost cloudless blue skies seen behind Culzean Castle in Ayrshire were a welcome sight on Wednesday of this week. Much of the rest of Scotland was under a blanket of cloud for much of that day, but the south-west had many hours of bright sunshine.
This Peacock butterfly was very conspicuous on the yellow Inula flower. It was the only Peacock spotted that day at Culzean - the next brood of this type of butterfly should be showing themselves in some numbers soon.
This bee on the flower of a Helichrysum was too busy to bother about a camera coming in close to take its photo. The papery petals of the annual Helichrysum gave this plant its popular name of "Artificial Flowers" which can be dried to provide a colourful display through the winter.
The two different colours of these Helenium flowers provide a good foil for one another. This picture, like most of the others on this page were taken in the walled garden at Culzean Castle in South Ayrshire this week.
The delicate colours of Nemophila Maculata are a good contrast to the vibrant, hot colours of the graphics immediately above and below.
The designers of the gardens at Culzean do well to have plants which produce colour over a long period but also act as a foil for one another. The yellow Inula contrasts well with the fiery red of the Crocosmia behind.
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