In the past week we've been hurtled from grudging spring into summer. Heading north on the A9 last Saturday the hills around the Drumochter Pass were all snow-capped and the birch trees by the side of the road showed only the faintest green.
Note the electricity pylons - they're soon to be replaced by a new power line which will make a very definite visual imprint on the landscape.
Above, the Cairngorms with late season snow which has seen a rush to the ski slopes after a pretty dismal season otherwise. Much skiing in kilts, if not in bikinis.
Below, just a glimpse of snow in the background, and one of my favourite houses on the journey. The little loch is a mass of wild water lilies later in the summer.