"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

10 March 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. There are often so many such graphics of Scottish subjects worth including that this separate "colour supplement" is created where some of the best pictures can be displayed in a larger format. Here is this week's crop of Scottish views!

This purple and white striped crocus has been above ground for some time, but it needed a bit of warmth and sun to make the petals open up to make the orange stamens visible. This crocus has been producing its bright, cheerful blooms every year for nearly twenty years in my own garden.

This variety of white crocus is a bit slower than the purple one above in coming into flower - and also needs that sun to encourage it to show off the contrasting orange stamens.

It is surprising that such a shy creature as the roe deer is often found near populated areas. They can be seen in the Necropolis (Glasgow's oldest cemetery, near the city centre) and in many parts of suburbia. At least these examples (a buck and three does) are out in the countryside, sharing the farmer's fields with the cows and horses. Shortly after this photograph was taken, they realised we were there - and bounded off.

Individual daffodils in favoured positions or specially cultivated for early flowering, have been brightening up gardens and parklands for a few weeks. It will be a whole yet before the real "host of golden daffodils" appears - watch this space!

Camellias in various shades of pink are more common that these delicate white ones - which tend to get damaged more easily by late overnight frosts. This one was growing in a south-facing border in Finlaystone Country Estate, Renfrewshire.

The water from a small lochan in Finlaystone Country Estate flows rapidly downhill towards the river Clyde. Recent heavy rain turned the normally placid burn into this raging torrent.

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