Menoffagainorrhoea; The Tail End

As I drove back to Dunoon on that Thursday, I made three stops for photo opportunities.  The first proved a bit of a wash out... not just that it was wet, but to get the best of the Falls of Falloch, one needed to have hiking boots and strong legs, it turned out. Never mind, I managed to enjoy this fallen tree...

It is typical of such country walks in these here parts; the dampness is not just for the winter, but the whole year round. Especially along major rivers such as this one.
Entire little worlds of their own, these mossy habitats!

Back into the car and round Loch Lomond.

Then was back on home territory - well into Argyllshire at least - at a place called Arrochar, at the head of Loch Long. Very bonny wee town that. This is the view down the loch from there...
























There were some birdies to see too...












































Get the engine running once more and along the road to the Rest and Be Thankful, a part of the A83 which is infamous for landslides and road blocks and all sorts. It is, though, very, very beautiful.

I spotted a buzzard - not brilliant shots (I am beginning to worry about the Fudge), but it can still be identified.













































As  I stood there trying to capture this fellow in the lens, a van drew up and a farmer got out with his binoculars... he was attempting to count his rams up on the top of the hills!!! Just at that point, there was the slightest glimmer of hope upon the brae...


18 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

Fabulous pictures. What is the black and white bird. A kind of nuthatch? The beak is right, but ours are more blue in the wing.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Ah... that is a Wagtail. Very cute. Yxx

Al said...

Such beautiful countryside and birds.

Bouncing Bertie said...

That last shot is almost dazzling in the context of recent weather in our bonny land!
Cheers, Gail.

Madi and Mom said...

YaYa the vistas you encounter in your lovely Bonnyland are amazing...even under clouds.
Hugs HiC

Julie said...

Oh Aunty Yam, what beautiful scenery and colours AND what pretty birdies
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xx

Murphy said...

Well chosen stops too!! So the sun never comes out??

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Oh yes - that was it in the last photo!!! Hehehehe... It is a bit of a running joke about the rain in Scotland. Mainly because it is true; sigh... but we do get some glorious days and on THOSE days there is no place on earth to match it!!! Yxx

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Our Mom has always had mad love fur looking at Moss Covered Logs. She thinks they are Beautiful...

OMD Aunty YAM... that LAST Picture... it is REALLY worthy of an A+.

Ruby said...

Oh WOWSA! I loooooves these shots! Ma got a hot chocolate and snuggled up for a second look! OMD, that last shot is a framer! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful world!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

peppylady (Dora) said...

It amazing how green it is...Coffee is on

Charliedownunder said...

Crikey Aunty .... I don't know if it's just me but I can see two different dogs in that last picture. One of 'em looks a bit like Herbie. You can see their eyes and their big black schnoz's. They're very beautiful photos. That view down the Loch and that moss on that fallen tree. WOW!!

Mimsie said...

What magnificent scenery....reminded me so much of parts of New Zealand. Thanks so much for sharing the land of some of my ancestors. xx

Mark Muller said...

this is so beautiful.... and scotland got 3 red marks on our bucket list today... I think it is the land you have to visit when you want to make a memory forever...

Jenn Jilks said...

What a beautiful trip! It's amazing. I love the rich green of the moss. We're still in the depths of winter, I love it. Hopefully, I can kick this cough and get out and play!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, beautiful scenic views and lovely birds. The mossy tree is beautiful. I love the view of the Loch. The buzzard is awesome. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Mara said...

I was looking and looking for that buzzard in that very brown and a bit green photo... Nothing! Turns out he was in the next two photos.

I need a holiday!

Janice Adcock said...

Oh, I do hope Fudge is not having problems! Enjoyed all the photos. Playing catch up on visiting. Am using our 'personal business' computer till my main one can get a new disk : > | Not what I wanted for Christmas.