Thursday, 3 June 2010

Green Alkanet as a roadside weed in Strathblane

Forget-me-nots in the grounds of Ballagan House. I notice the house is for sale, slightly outside my league...

Wild Garlic in the same area. Yes, it smells of garlic

The West side of Ballagan Glen with a slightly wider angle lens on the new camera. Still can't find any of the fossils which are common.

There is very little water coming down the burn at the moment so I decided for a scramble up the stream bed rather than working round through the woods. It's fairly dry but very, very steep. And a bit bouldery

The Spout from just below the last boulder scramble. Bit of a boot full of water and some interesting moves to get up to the base of the Spout!

Got to the base of the fall

View of the Spout from the side as you go on to scramble out of the valley along the foot of a vertical wall (the extension of the shelf which makes the drop) until you get to a very steep wooded slope turning to bracken as you climb. Bracken won't be long in getting to be a real nuisance now

Then up to the open valley and the swimming pool. Yes, it's freezing in June, it's too deep to touch bottom in the middle and there is no great demand for a swimming costume

On the way back down I noticed that sheep don't seem to eat wild Pansies

And that there are still occasional Lesser Celandines in flower, though most of the brilliant yellows are now from the non related Greater Celandines

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