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 first illustration is of a pink rose in the walled garden at Finlaystone Country Estate in Renfrewshire, taken on a warm, sunny afternoon earlier this week. Many roses are now in their second flush of flowering - after all, the gardening books describe August as an autumn month in Scotland...
Geums are one of my favourite flowers but you have to get really close to see the details in the small flowers which are well under an inch in diameter.
This Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is enjoying the nectar of a Buddleja flower, one of its favourite foods. The photo was taken while wandering around the estate of Glamis Castle earlier this week. Once again, the weather was bright and sunny.
There are many varieties of the Eucryphia tree. Although this is a close-up of a couple of its flowers, it is actually a tall tree about twenty feet high which covers itself in blossom at this time of year.
The wasp on this Helenium blends in with the colours of the flower head as it busily seeks out the nectar.
Just to remind us that the seasons are marching on, this large hip from a Rosa Rugosa is shining out from the bush - while other branches still have flowers on them.
It is hard to believe that the mottled black wings belong to the underside of the colourful Small Tortoiseshell butterfly - the same variety as the one pictured earlier at Glamis Castle. This one is outlined dramatically against the blue sky, perched on the small flower heads of a creeping thistle in the countryside just north of Glasgow.
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