I had to work to-day, until 1400. So, I went for a walk by the canal, which is on my way home. I didn't want to waste a second of a gorgeous day by going home to get changed.

It was great to feel the wind in my hair, and the sun on my face. Oh, and I got to play with my new lens. 😃

Wild Hyacinth - Fuath-mhuc - Hyacinthoides non-scripta

It is towards the end of the season for Hyacinths, but they still provide a splash of colour.

There were also lots of Bugles

Bugle - Glasair Choille - Ajuga reptans

Interestingly, the Bugles all had a different shape from the ones in my garden. I don't know if this was due to different growing conditions or that they were a different variety. These flowers are one of my favourites.

A wee Germander Speedwell
(Nuallach - Veronica chamaedrys) also sneaked into the photo.

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There were many more wildflowers along the canal banks, because the grass hasn't been cut for weeks (possibly not at all, this year). This is due to the coronavirus Lockdown. See, every cloud has a silver lining. Consequently, I saw, and heard, many happy bumblebees to-day.

I actually think the verges look nicer, too. They are more natural, rather than manicured.

I was delighted to end my day by catching sight of a European Otter (Dobhran - Lutra lutra) swimming in the canal.

Sadly, I didn't have enough time to change to a telephoto lens on the camera. However, it was still nice to see the otter, even if I didn't get a good photo.

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@stelepami
It might be a while yet before Lockdown is lifted, and tourism can start again.

@fitheach Wow good job ! you're not like the otters :)

@arthurstramash
Certain things about the building screams out Scotland, though. For instance, I've not come across continental countries that have grey slate covered roofs.

@fitheach Ha, I didn’t zoom in. Now you mention it, that telefon box is another giveaway 😀

@arthurstramash
... and slightly out of sight is the red post box, another giveaway, and possibly a cliché.

@arthurstramash
I don't know, can big ever be cute?

Even the large boat wasn't that big. I do sometimes see boats on the canal which have QE2 dimensions, but not at the present time, of course.

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