"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

15 October 2005

Each week the Scottish Snippets Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the flora, fauna of the current season 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!


Perhaps the most appropriate picture to illustrate the weather in Scotland would have been of floods or heavy rain. But after the downpour earlier in the week, the sun did reappear, as this photo of a field near the Fife village of Falkland shows only too clearly. After the wheat has been harvested, these days the straw is rolled up into these large, round bales. The shimmer seen running across the field towards the sun is caused by reflections on a mass of spider silk which covered the whole of the field.

Falkland Palace

Falkland Palace is the more usual view of this Fife hamlet - though as it frequently wins competitions for being an attractive village, there are plenty other sights to see there. The late afternoon sunshine is highlighting the bright red of the ivy on the wall beside the entrance.

Garden, Falkland Palace

There are autumn tints visible on the trees in this view of the attractive garden area at Falkland Palace.

Vine - Vitis Cognetiae

Vines for the production of grapes need to be grown under glass in Scotland but some varieties of this decorative plant grow happily outside. This Vine ("Vitis Cognetiae" according to its label) is grown mainly for its large, vividly coloured leaves in autumn.

Eider Ducks

These male eider duck, with their striking black and white markings, with a tinge of green on the side of the head, were settling down for the night on rocks some distance from the shore at Carnoustie, Angus when this photograph was taken.


Why is it that gulls always look as though they are complaining? The one on the right could be saying: "I told you we should have gone away for the October holiday week and avoided all that rain...."

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