The scene earlier this morning. It had snowed overnight and a few inches were lying. This lot vanished by noon only to be replaced by fresh stuff afterwards.
Pentland Hills under Snow – Watercolour
Much of the west of Scotland was hit by heavy blizzards last Friday and many communities are still without power and are cut off. It was much quieter here in the east of the country although the Pentland Hills, to the south of Edinburgh, had a fair amount of snow. This week has been marked by a bitterly cold easterly wind which belies the fact that it is now officially springtime.
Snowy Roadside – Watercolour
Just an old piece of fence and some shrubs at the side of the road. Spotted during a walk in yesterday’s snow. The hills beyond were fading in and out of vision as the snow fell.
Edinburgh from a wintry Tormain Woods – Watercolour
Loads more snow today with heavier amounts forecast later in the week. We want oor spring!!!!
A Magical Place – Inktense
This is the view towards the far (west) end of Tormain Woods, Ratho. A style allows access to the high point of Tormain Hill where evidence of earlier peoples can be seen in the form or “cup and ring” carvings. These are indentations in stones set into the ground and must be thousands of years old. This is a quiet place and can be rather eiriee and spooky especially when the weather is misty. Its quite magical, the only noise being birdsong echoing through the trees.
Ratho Community Woodland – Watercolour
Originally started in 1992, this small area was an unused piece of ground next to the primary school. There are a fair mixture of young trees but this scene shows the birches which stand out at this time of year. The area is a peaceful place to relax in and is well appreciated by folks in our village.
Dawn, Corstorphine Hill – Watercolour
I liked the sunrise adding loads of colour behind these beech trees.
An angel, robed in spotless white,
Bent down and kissed the sleeping Night.
Night woke to blush; the sprite was gone.
Men saw the blush and called it Dawn.
Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906)
A Scottish Heritage Tree – Watercolour
This ash tree stands in the grounds of Gordon Castle near Elgin, Moray. The tree is reputedly around 245 years old, is 95 feet high and measures approximately 26 feet around the base. Like many old trees the heartwood has long vanished leaving the centre of the bole hollow. All that supports this specimen is the outer layer of sapwood acting in the same way as a tube.
Log Cabin, by Dumfries – Watercolour
Scotland has many, many sites with holiday cabins to rent. This was one from some years ago and is how I imagine it would look with snow, frozen lakes etc. We stayed once in such a place. It was good fun but the midges were out in force that summer. At least they kept the noisy party-goers, in the next cabin, at bay.