Temple Wood stone circles, Kilmartin Glen

Temple Wood Crop 2

We might have forgotten what went on there, but we’re still drawn to stone circles like moths to a flame – and this one in Kilmartin Glen is certainly alluring

Raindrops on birch twigs

Bracklin Falls - Jo 45

Water has endless beauty, so I thought it would make a great subject for a new photo-series. My first choice is this lovely image of dripping birch branches in the woods around Bracklinn Falls near Callander.   A photo of the falls themselves is lined up to appear soon – and they were spectacular, thundering down […]

Lime trees in Perth – April

Daffodils, Perth 7th April (1)

You might remember that I decided to photograph the lime trees in Perth’s South Inch every month, as I walked past them on the way to the RSGS. I only just managed to get a photograph for March – on the 31st – and I photographed them again yesterday, so really there is only one […]

Trees 7: frozen

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Our first winter in Scotland was long and cold;   this photo of a Scots pine was taken in January 2010, on the shore of Loch Leven.   The whole loch had frozen and a breath of white mist clung to the surface, blurring the edges and giving it an other-worldly appearance. © Colin Woolf

Trees 6: white

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Taken a few years ago, when an overnight snowfall had transformed the trees behind our house into feathery tendrils of white.   I love the silence that comes after snow. © Jo Woolf

Nacreous clouds

Nacreous clouds a 2 Feb 40

Over the last couple of days, towards sunrise and sunset, our skies have contained something that I never really hoped to see, because it was so rare:   a phenomenon known as nacreous clouds. This morning, from our front windows, we were gazing at a kaleidoscope of colour, obviously very high in the atmosphere, dazzlingly brilliant.  […]

Trees 5: Reflections

Lake of Menteith

This photo was taken a misty day last winter, by the Lake of Menteith.  The tree seemed to be dipping its fingers into the water.  It’s hard to work out where the branches end and the reflection begins! Photo copyright © Colin Woolf

Trees of winter

Beech Trees in Winter 2

On a New Year’s Day walk, the sound of the wind in the trees reminded me of these words by Thomas Hardy

Trees 4: monochrome

Scots Pines Kelso 3

These Scots pines were photographed in colour, although you’d never think so! The cold December drizzle turned everything to monochrome.

Trees 3: Scots pine

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The trunk of an old Scots pine reminds me of a landscape in miniature:  a terrain of contoured hills riven with deep gorges. At the winter solstice, druids would light bonfires of Scots pine branches with the aim of drawing back the sun into the cycle of seasons.  You can find out more in this feature on The […]