Port Appin

Coastal relics from the last Ice Age

A natural arch and sea stack left high and dry after the last Ice Age… with links to a warrior of Celtic legend

St Peter's Church, Belton in Rutland - Lynne Jenkins

A timeless moment

How can I introduce T S Eliot? I can’t, is the answer. But I love this reflection on time and history…


Viola tricolor (3)

The wild pansy, or heartsease

The endearing little flowers of heartsease were known to Shakespeare as ‘Love-in-idleness’…

Claigan 11

Skye’s ‘coral beach’

Claigan beach in north-west Skye owes its dazzling white sands to an unusual variety of seaweed…


Glen Lonan (1)

Glen Lonan: ‘The Road of the Kings’

What links this quiet glen in Argyll with the sacred island of Iona? The answer lies in the passing of Scotland’s kings…

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St Andrews: the glorious Cathedral

Continuing my exploration of St Andrews, I’m now looking at the ruins of its spectacular medieval Cathedral…

Glen Coe (1)

In a nutshell: ‘The Curse of Scotland’

Glencoe is one of the most hauntingly beautiful glens in Scotland. What does it have to do with the Nine of Diamonds?


Approaching snowstorm

Portraits of a cold climate

In early spring the mountains are still in the grip of snow, ice and piercing winds… but there’s beauty in abundance


'The Secret' woodcock carrying chick, by Colin Woolf

New woodcock painting: ‘The Secret’

How many people have seen a woodcock carrying its chick in flight? Colin’s lovely new painting captures just that… and it’s painted with a woodcock’s feather!


Patch of garnet sand

Garnet – the warrior stone

Once prized by warriors as a talisman of courage, garnet crystals crop up in some surprising places.

Agate (1)

Enhydro agate – a secret water chamber

Like a liqueur chocolate, this lump of polished agate contains a reservoir of liquid – but just how old is it?


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Purdey’s PAWS awards 2014: the results!

All the coverage you could ask for… the photos, the tension, the speeches, the fisticuffs…