Thursday, May 01, 2014

Misty morning, ... and birches

The first two days were unusually sunny and warm, but we woke up on our first morning to mist and a definite drop in temperature. 
While eating breakfast we watched the red squirrel desperately trying to destroy the peanut holder in order to get every last vestige of nut.  We have been left with lots of seeds, but the nuts have run out.
Everywhere around there are abundant birches, and I took a lot of photos at the RSPB reserve at Loch Garten (where the ospreys are).
These by the shore have extraordinary exposed roots which look polished,
and the overcast day made the shades of grey especially beautiful, often silvery in tone.
I saw some with extraordinary fungal growths, and of course most of the birches have wisps of thready lichen of the most pale silvery green.
There at Loch Garten it was like a folktale forest - enchanting.


  1. The last photograph looks like an enchanting photograph indeed, Olga. I love the photographs of the roots and that extremely unusual mushroom.

  2. I think that they are called bracket fungus, Eirene. I should look it up.

  3. Ah Loch Garten - a lovely place. We go north tomorrow and are so looking forward to it.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  4. Thanks Margaret - I hope that you have a good time too.