Bridge Over Untroubled Water.

The start of another adventure. Do you know where it is?

My all-time favourite tree (the tall one, to the right of the photo). I have photographed this tree more than any other.

Scots Pine - Giuthas-Albannach - Pinus sylvestris

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This is one of the first photographs I took of the same Scots Pine, in 2009. Note the lack of other trees in the surroundings.

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At the far end of the loch (west end) there is a beautiful sandy beach. As the photo shows this is a popular place for people tenting.

I have no idea what purpose the wee building serves. I didn't try to go inside.

It has a real turf roof with grasses and flowers growing on it. My guess is it is a summerhouse, for sitting comfortably, while gazing along the loch.

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The photographs are all from a walk I did, on Saturday, around Loch Afraig.

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The walk takes about three to four hours, depending on how often one stops to take photographs.

Compared to other walks I've done recently this one was quite busy. I saw around 40 people over the 4 hours.

Everyone looked fit and healthy, with tanned complexions, and a spring in their step. They all displayed broad grins. I suppose, like me, they were happy to be in a special place.

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For 95% of the distance the path is excellent. There was a short distance on the north side which was very boggy. I had to step carefully to avoid getting up to my calfs in mud.

The path on the south side was navigable by motor vehicles. On the north side, the path was mostly a broad footpath, as shown in the photograph below.

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A closer view of the house that I described earlier as Idyll #237. Not only is the house beautiful, but the location is stunning.

If it ever comes onto the market, I'll be in there like a shot (laughs up his sleeve).

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Little and Large II

I have often come across small groups of fly agaric mushrooms, but I've never seen so many little & large pairs before. On Saturday I saw 7 pairs of little & large mushrooms. Never more than two, and always the same disparity in size.

Must be something to do with the soil conditions in this area.

After the four hour walk it was good to get back to the car park, where my late lunch was waiting for me. I ate with relish (not the condiment).

The car park is operated by the Forestry Commission, and they charge two pounds for an all-day ticket. I didn't mind, as the money goes towards the nature reserve upkeep and the provision of the facilities (including very well appointed toilets).

As Arnie once said: "I'll be back".

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probably not a good idea 

@fitheach

never seen pairs like this in England, and a few years back when I lived in Reading if my friends were out looking for mushrooms it wasn't those they were after (nor traditional edible mushrooms), the below *did* get tried and I can confirm the results were the same as the American chap got..

amanitamuscariamushrooms.blogs

probably not a good idea 

@vfrmedia
Hmmm, I'll stick to just photographing them. 😃

probably not a good idea 

@fitheach there's a risk of ending up very unwell if they are consumed in the wrong way - for this reason they didn't get made class A like all the psylocibin mushrooms that had become popular as recreational substances by the mid 2000s (including artificially grown varieties imported from USA and Canada)

probably not a good idea 

@vfrmedia
It is certainly risky. People have become very unwell, even died, as a result of eating the wrong type of mushrooms.

They might not kill you there and then, but they might be doing irreparable damage to internal organs, which you don't realise until it is too late.

probably not a good idea 

@fitheach ironically those looking for psychedelic mushrooms in Northern Europe are less likely to confuse those with a deadly variety due to wildly different appearances (accidents seem to occur more with those foraging for edible mushrooms) but the problem with the all year round USA imports is the relative lack of effort to get them and the non seasonal nature led to binge use, people (especially teenagers) freaking out and NHS having to pick up the pieces..

probably not a good idea 

@vfrmedia
Because of all the rain this summer, I saw the same thing in town on boulevards beside the sidewalk a few weeks ago.
In fact, if you told me I took that foto and forgot I uploaded it, I'd believe you.
Small, bright and then up to the size of dinner plates.
@fitheach

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