"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

1 December 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. This separate "colour supplement" displays some more pictures, in a larger format. Here is this week's crop of Scottish views!

This year, the Christmas lights in George Square in Glasgow incorporate new, environmentally friendly illuminations, creating even more to admire. Using light emitting diodes (LEDs) they are claimed to use less electricity, while still creating a bright display.

18,000 people gathered in Glasgow's George Square to see the Christmas lights being switched on, followed by a firework display. In addition to the tree and lights round the square, there is a skating rink, a café, a helter-skelter and a small festive market. The column with the red lights supports a statue of Sir Walter Scott.

The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) in Glasgow is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside of London. For the last few years, the surrounding pedestrian area of Royal Exchange Square has been covered by an impressive "Ceiling of Light" created by thousands of lights strung between the buildings. Unlike the Christmas lights which are just for the festive season, this display will brighten the winter nights through until March.

Orchids in Scotland? Well, yes, grown in the warm and humid atmosphere of the glass houses at the Kelvingrove Botanic Gardens in Glasgow. Just the place to go on a chilly November day!

Kelvingrove Botanic Garden has a huge collections of tropical orchids, begonia, tree ferns, trees and shrubs in its glass houses. In April, the buildings host an orchid fair with displays and sales of orchids and other plants.

Pelargoniums (also known as geraniums) are popular house plants but few homes will have blooms quite as large or attractive as these ones grown under glass at Kelvingrove Botanic Gardens.

If you want to look back at earlier editions of this Colour Supplement, there is an Index Page

Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

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