Ever since I took the photos of the juvenile Cormorant, I have created an emotional attachment from me to the bird. It has become "my" Cormorant. I worry when I don't see it on my visits to the canal, even though it has likely only "gone fishin'".

Funny how the human mind works.

For the record: I saw the Cormorant on to-day's .

Canal Life.

For the last few weeks I've been seeing this juvenile Great Cormorant (Gairgeann - Phalacrocorax carbo) on a canal pontoon. Any time I've seen it, I didn't have a telephoto lens. Any time I took a long telephoto lens, I wouldn't see the bird. This photo is a crop from an image taken with my 40-150 zoom. Not ideal, but, acceptable.

To allow the birds to catch fish by diving, they don't have oily feathers. Consequently, they have to dry their wings.

Canal Life

"It sure was nice for the humans to provide these airstrips for us ducks."

It's that time of year

Y'now, even the bracken looks nice in the autumn.

Bracken - Froineach - Pteridium aquilinum

Outside the kitchen window there are two very large azalea bushes. The top-most leaves are a combination of bright yellow and rich red. The colour intensity reduces lower down the bushes, and nearest the ground the leaves are still green.

Due to the poor light elsewhere (it is raining heavily) the bright colours on the azaleas really stand out, and the bushes have a wonderous glow to them.

Decay never looked more beautiful.

One doesn't realise how many spiders' webs there are until there is a sunny day with a heavy dew.

Nice to see lots of Bluebells when I was out for yesterday afternoon's dogwalk. hasn't got used to photography yet, so, no close-ups. 😃

Scottish Bluebell
Currac-cuthaige
Campanula rotundifolia

animal skeleton 

Poor Sheena the Sheep didn't make it through the winter.

My poor daffodils haven't stood a chance, this year.

Since the heads opened (only a few days ago), we have had lashing rain, howling winds, freezing temperatures, and now a fresh dump of snow.

No wonder the daffodils have their heads bowed.

I'm seeing increasing numbers of raptors in urban areas. This morning, when driving through Fort William, I saw a Peregrine Falcon, two Buzzards, and a White-Tailed Sea-Eagle.

Presumably, the last one popped-into town for a fish supper. 😃

Five minutes before the snow storm hits.

This is the view across the glen to the other side. If you look closely you can see many black dots (just to the left of the foreground larch tree) which are actually deer, digging in the snow to uncover something to eat. Times are hard for the wildlife.

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From the archives,
exactly 1 decade ago.

Probably a Veiled Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus dryinus), although I didn't note this at the time. Also edible, like its close relative the Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus).

As I was settling down to photograph this mushroom, a ray of sunshine came through the trees to the forest floor, and nicely highlighted the gills on the underside. A piece of luck.

I saw a huge Cypress tree (sorry, I don't know which one), with a fascinating soft bark. The tree trunk had a diameter of, at least, two metres.

The holes were made by a woodpecker.

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Escapees?

These are clearly escaped domestic ducks. I was some distance away from any habitations, so, these probably escaped some time ago (maybe even second generation).

My river photo had to be taken on the tripod, as one whole second is too long for a handheld shot (particularly as this was before I had in-camera image stabilisation).

However, using the tripod was a piece of luck, as I noticed this incredible lichen at one of the feet. Ten years later, and I still don't know what kind of lichen, but it is supremely beautiful.

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Of mice and men...

I had planned to go to Gleann Afraig, but when I returned home I discovered the Aga range cooker was smoking. It was time for a service, and I decided to clean the chimney, too. So, no time for a long walk.

It was such a beautiful day that I did manage a short walk in the glen behind my house. It was such a relief to get outside.

A wee friend visited me at the office, to-day.

Common Lizard - Dearch-luachrach choitcheann - Zootoca vivipara

I saw this flower as I was walking along the pavement. It was so pretty, and delicate looking. I am certain it is an escapee from a garden, and not a wildflower. If you know what it is, please tell me.

I always enjoy seeing nature encroaching into mankind's concrete jungle.

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