"Scottish Snippets"

"Colour Supplement"

3 May 2008

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!

There are quite a lot of spring lambs in the fields now. After the lower than usual temperatures and dull, leaden skies, these two siblings seem to be enjoying the sunshine last Sunday - but still keeping close to one another for warmth!

It doesn't seem to matter to Dandelions what the weather has been like, they pop up everywhere, bringing a splash of welcome colour. Because they self-seed so readily, they are treated as weeds in gardens and removed. Yet, as this photograph shows, they can rival many of the more cultivated plants in suburban gardens. Dandelion

It is a shame that such a lovely flower as this should be saddled with the name of "Common Dog Violet". Illustrations on Web pages like this don't show that these delicate flowers are smaller than a thumb-nail.

This swathe of golden daffodils would make a good picture on their own, but the historic Loch Leven Castle in the background gives an added dimension to the scene.

There are Gorse flowers to be seen at all times of the year, but they burst forth with lots of blooms particularly from March to July. They produce a strong scent - described as a mixture of vanilla and coconut. Their ability to flower at any time of year (though not in quite such profusion) and that gave rise to the proverb: "When gorse is out of bloom, kissing's out of season".

The geese that have been over-wintering in Scotland have been gathering and heading off back to Iceland and Scandinavia - under the impression that spring has arrived. By now, these Greylag and Pink-footed Geese may well have made the journey north from Loch Leven.

Regular readers of this colour supplement will know that I am always ready to take pictures of sunsets. On this occasion, I didn't have to travel far - this was the scene looking out of the loft window from my own house last Saturday.

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

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