"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

6 January 2007

Each week the Rampant Scotland Newsletter includes a number of photographs which illustrate the weather and the seasons, plus the flora and fauna of the current week around Scotland. The graphics below were taken over the last three weeks - though the frequent bad weather during that time has meant that the "photo opportunities" were less frequent than usual!

It may look very romantic seeing the mist swirling amongst the bare trees, but coping with the cold, clammy atmosphere is not quite so pleasant! The picture was taken at Drumpellier Country Park in North Lanarkshire.

This swan came gliding silently out of the mist straight towards me - looking for any food I might be willing to throw towards it. Since it had posed so gracefully for me, it got its reward! But when the bread was not coming fast enough, it began to rise out of the water to see if it could just help itself from the bag... That was when I beat a hasty retreat - swans are bigger than me...

Fortunately, it wasn't all rain and mist (it just seemed like it, in the wettest December on record in parts of Scotland). This photo of Pollok House in Glasgow was taken in the week before Christmas as I was on my way to have lunch in this National Trust property. Their restaurant has been created in the basement out of the original kitchen for the building, still with many of the Victorian ovens and cooking pots around the walls. The food is good too!

This picture of the Campsie Hills was taken from a window in my house in suburban Glasgow. Following many days of rain, it was such a relief to see the sun that I grabbed the camera and took this view of the mist and clouds rolling away and the shafts of sunlight brightening up the scene,

Still on that theme of copious water, here is a picture of the Craigton Burn in Mugdock Country Park in East Dunbartonshire, rushing along in full spate, after another heavy downpour!

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