They're out
(well, some of them).

(Wild) Daffodil - lus an Aisig - Narcissus pseudonarcissus

Yellow was the colour of the day during my canal walk.

The Whin (Conasg - Ulex europaeus) was out in bloom, as it seems to be for most months of the year.

The Coltsfoot (Cluas liath - Tussilago farfara) had a lucky escape. It was growing along the margins of the footpath. The grass cutter had been along within the last few days, but the Coltsfoot flowers were low enough to avoid being cut.

Something magical happened to-day.

I was sitting behind my desk in the office. Someone left the two doors open that lead to outside. I was in the middle of an impromptu meeting when a robin (broidileag - Erithacus rubecula) flew in under my desk, and landed on my knee. The robin stayed there for about thirty seconds, and then flew outside again.

Best thing that has ever happened to me during a business meeting.

On to-night's we startled a Red Deer (Fiadh-ruadh - Cervus elaphus) hind as we were approaching a gate. The deer felt trapped, and ran a short distance to our left, and then majestically jumped over the fence to make its escape. Ironic, as the fence was a deer fence, and is 2 metres high. Granted, there was a slight decline down to the fence, but impressive athletic ability regardless.

From one of the chairs in the sitting room, I can see the corner of a log cage. The cage has a roof, and one side is covered with sheeting. From this chair I can frequently see a robin going inside.

European robin - Broidileag - Erithacus rubecula

Undoubtedly, the robin is using the cage as a secluded hunting ground. That's nice, but it also means my logs are going to be covered with robin droppings.

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?

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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.

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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.

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