Swooping lines & shadows.
The last of my "manual panorama" photos. This shot is 270° around from the first photo.
The right most mountain peak is usually an easy stroll from this point of the walk, but all that snow would make it hard. It was too late in the day, and I still had a 2.5 hour walk back to the car.
It was a great day.
Blown snow in the late afternoon.
You can't tell from a single static photo that there is a gale blowing from the east (from the right). There was really deep snow on this high plateau, but the gale had blown some of the snow off the grass and into huge drifts.
If you look closely at the mountain in the background, there are snow drift lines, also created by the strong winds.
An accidental photo.
I was setting up my camera on the tripod when I inadvertently touched the remote trigger release, and took a photo.
The funny thing is you can see my shadow with my outstretched arm reaching towards the tripod. My error captured for posterity.
Had a very pastoral time on today's #DogWalk
* Sheep were having a tough time finding things to eat. 2 mins later the farmer arrived with hay.
* Underground construction work continues
* #Neachdainn loves doing rollies
* The pony had a nosh bag
A short distance on from the gorse bush, I found these remains.
This is pooped gorse flowers. Almost certainly from a meat eater who isn't able to digest gorse flowers. I have seen similar droppings containing Rowan berries. I suspect this was from a Pine Marten (Taghan - Martes martes).
Also on today's #DogWalk I photographed this:
Gorse - Conasg - Ulex europaeus
The amazing thing is that the gorse is coming out in bloom, just when no self-respecting pollinator is about. The gorse only have the flowering snowdrops for company.
Science hasn't really explained this strategy, but it might be that so few plants flower at this time that the gorse gets the few pollinators that are around.
We have a tradition of eating a blue cheese with Graham's LBV port on Hogmanay evening.
This year we had a completely new (to us) cheese from Tain in the east Highlands. Although blue-veined it doesn't have a crust like Stilton, so no "wastage".
The cheese is bread loaf shaped and quite moist. It has an even more unusual name: Blue Murder.
We thoroughly enjoyed it. Recommended.
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