Having contemplated the role of water in the landscape, the second aspect by which to contemplate Glen Affric is the trees. Home to the largest Caledonian Forest reserve, the place boasts beautiful naturally-seeded old Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) trees, their orange-brown bark full of gnarly character; there are also birch and juniper to be seen. […]
No trip to Argyll is complete without a drive around Inverawe. A beautiful place, with woodland left to nature to do its thing in the middle of the estate. This time, the trees were particularly gorgeous in the sunlight. Of course, what really matters is that Old Friend, the first and most characterful of the […]
Lots of Scots Pine trees around Glen Affric. Favourite Trees can be seen from near the carpark above the River Walk around the glen – these are the same pines that appear in Heather and Trees. Gnarly struck me as a pleasant old character, enjoying the morning sun, on the way up the side of […]
It’s no secret that Glen Affric is my favourite place on the planet. We’ll come to why, later. Meanwhile, the first in a short series of posts studying the more characterful shapes of trees at the glen.
Time for something a little different, and back in the original spirit of this blog as a source for mobile photos, as well. I spotted this tree in the middle of Craigie in Perth – perhaps an unexpected location for so elegant a life-form, and testament to the selectivity of photography. Camera never lies? If […]
Pine forests: what’s not to like? Scots Pine trees stand tall and proud, burnished orange-gold catching the sun; birch trees get a bit old and develop gnarly character. These are from a stroll in the Black Woods of Rannoch, on the south shore of Loch Rannoch. I noticed Gunnar’s Tree, named for Gunnar Godwin, a chap whose […]