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!
Even in September there are still many roses putting on a show of perfect blooms. This lovely red one was growing in McCrosty Park in Crieff, Perthshire.
In Scotland the blackberry is more commonly known as bramble. Their bushes grow strongly along the hedgerows, producing their delicious berries. There are not so many people these days collecting the brambles to make home-made jelly - but I can assure you that some of those ripe berries disappeared soon after the photo was taken!
The Sedum plant comes into flower in the autumn/fall - indeed, one popular garden variety is Sedum "Autumn Joy". Bees and butterflies are attracted to Sedum too - this bee was too busy to notice the camera inches from its back!
Another plant which comes into its own at the end of summer is Rudbeckia (also known as Coneflower). This one was growing in the walled garden at Cambo Estate in north Fife.
Red Admiral butterflies have been thin on the ground this year - indeed butterflies of all varieties have not been seen as much this year. So far this year, I have not seen any of the lovely Painted Lady butterflies which start out in Africa and gradually spread northwards across Europe. The Red Admiral illustrated here was spotted in the garden at Kelly Castle in Fife.
This Robin first attracted my attention in McCrosty Park in Crieff by singing lustily. Although he kept a watchful eye on me, he continued with his chorus even when I tried to get closer with the camera.
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