Early summer in the Caledonian Pinewoods

Abhain Ruigh-eunachan burn, Glenmore
The typical riparian scene in the ancient Caledonian Pinewoods is a mixture of pine, silver birch, downy birch. alder and goat willow.

I’m revisiting the Scots Pine trees I mentioned ten days ago, to show the flowers again. A friend mentioned noticing the red blooms on the trees. These two pictures show how the male flowers are initially covered in red scales which protects the pollen. The red scales are now beginning to fall off and the yellow pollen can clearly be seen.
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Up close and personal with moss

Yet another change of plan means I have to travel to Yorkshire to attend training for a few days this coming week. Some of the training will be outside in the woods at Keldy, so it’s not all bad. Hubby is travelling south with me too – he’ll do his own thing while I’m at the training – then we’ll spend a little time walking around Haworth area.

I was sorting and filing a few photos and thought I’d share this wee mosaic of some of the fascinating mosses I’ve captured. I love the minutiae of our natural world as much as the grander, larger scenery.

A mossy world

If interested, if you click on the picture it will take you to the photos on Flickr, where most of the individual mosses are named.
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