At several points during the film the strange trees, shown in the attached screengrab, make an appearance. The trees have such an unusual shape that they must've been chosen specifically to add drama to the film's landscape shots.

I'd love to know more about these trees. Anyone know?

I noticed on to-night's that lots of plants were highlighted by my headtorch, due to the light reflecting off dew on the leaves. It was like millions of magical faerie lights.

BTW that "thing" encroaching into the photo is a dog of my acquaintance, coming to see what I was doing. I thought that was funny, so I left him in the photo.

We met some wee friends (5 in total) on to-day's

European common frog - Losgann buidhe - Rana temporaria

I've been trying to photograph this particular tree for years, and never manage to get the timing right.

Common Ash - Uinnseann - Fraxinus Excelsior

This tree is isolated, & the early autumn yellow makes it stand out against the greens & red of the hillside. The Ash tree leaves go from pale green, to yellow, & then fall off, within the space of 2-3 days. To-night there was a near gale, & half the leaves had blown off already.

Maybe next year...

Photographed on to-day's

* Late bloomin' Heather - Calluna vulgaris
* Golden scalycap - Pholiota aurivella

Heather is ubiquitous in the Highlands. The scalycap, on the other hand, must be quite rare. I don't recall ever seeing it before.

Photos from to-day's

* sitting on a bollard
* Cobweb highlighted by dew in the sunshine
* Trees reflected in the canal
* Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) on a dead beech stump

Just back from to-night's dog walk, and two things have just occurred to me. Firstly, there haven't been any midgies for a couple of nights. Perhaps, the midgie season is over; woohoo! Secondly, I heard Stags roaring for the first time this year.

I'll need to make a note for next year to determine if these things always happen simultaneously.

Photos from to-day's

* Oh buoy, oh buoy, oh buoy.
* More exclamations, more authority
* Water lillies (Nymphaeaceae)
* Giant rhubarb (Gunnera manicata)

On today's and I encountered an old sheep fank. Judging from its condition, it hadn't been used for, at least, 20 years. Usually such constructions also have a sluice, to fill a sheep dip, but strangely this one didn't.

We also discovered a fascinating fir tree with enormous cones. I estimated the cones to be between 20-30 cm in height. Apologies for the poor photo, I only had my smartphone and I couldn't get closer than 50m from the tree.

Took this photo in the middle of June.

Stag's horn clubmoss - Garbhag nan gleann - Lycopodium clavatum

This clubmoss likes to grow along open ground, but still likes to have a foothold in moist places. Forestry tracks provide an ideal environment; the edges will be moist and the track itself open enough for the clubmoss to creep along the ground. Obviously, the clubmoss won't like the track if it is still used by vehicles. 😃

It's Monday.
Here are some baby pandas to brighten up your day.

Flight of the Bumblebee
Waggly bee butts © @GwenfarsGarden

Motion warning: the foxglove sways about a lot in the wind.

Getting back to posting some . These photos were taken in the second week of June.

Common Butterwort - Mòthan - Pinguicula vulgaris

These plants really love wet conditions, and will even grow on nearly bare rock as long as it is kept moist. It manages to do this because it supplements its nutrients by being carnivorous.

The plant is covered with fine "hairs" which on the leaves can trap, then digest flies.

Particularly abundant on felled woodland areas, rocky waste ground, and often where you don't want them.

Common foxglove - Lus nam ban-sìth - Digitalis purpurea

They are a biennial, producing downie leaves only in the 1st year and the easily recognisable flowers in the 2nd year. Grows up to 235cm.

The Gaelic common name suggests they are for the women fairyfolk rather than gloves for foxes.

As promised, the fruit of:

Wild Strawberry - Tlachd-shùbh - Fragaria vesca

As you can see from the second photo "someone" has been nibbling the ripe fruit already.

The wild fruit are about ⅓ the size of commercially grown strawberries.

My post showing the Wild Strawberry flowers:

I made a joke about Fox Hunt previously, but I note that Jeremy is now talking about allowing another vote on hunting in England.

Whenever you hear a politician talk about allowing another vote it is usually coded language for: I want to reverse a decision.

Killing animals for entertainment isn't a problem if it gets a few votes for Jeremy.

My second gallery is now online:

It includes most of the flowers I photographed in the first half of 2019.

The third gallery is 50% complete, it'll be coming soon.

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