Last snow of the winter?


For most of the winter we have been in a snow-free bubble in Edinburgh.  The rest of Scotland, and even the rest of the UK, have had dumps of snow.  Traffic-stopping, school-closing snow.  So it was a surprise to travel north through the central Highlands the other weekend and discover the white stuff.  Above, Blair Atholl.  Below, a desolate scene at the Drumochter Pass.


Herds of deer were foraging near the road.  


Blank hillsides - hard to remember that these were vibrant with purple heather a few months ago.


On the lower hillsides of Speyside the snow had all but vanished.  Is it wishful thinking that there is a slight haze of spring buds about the trees?


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  1. Snow or no snow......it is still beautiful country!

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    1. It's different in every season - that's why, despite our climate, I love living here.

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  2. Love your snowy photos! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Linda. Different snow to your gorgeous powder, and of course minus your blue skies!

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  3. Thank goodness for wishful thinking - I've been squinting at my own trees and willing for them to show some buds. Lovely snow, glad it's somewhere other than where I am...

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    1. If wishing could bring the Spring then it would be here by now, all over the Northern Hemisphere! Happy to oblige by keeping the snow here for you, Clair!

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  4. We had snow yesterday and are expecting more on Wednesday...I'm ready for it to be over and for flower buds to start showing!!!

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    1. You're really getting a late bonus! Hopefully it will be over soon.

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  5. Great snow pics but so cold-looking. We have had more snow this year than for a while and I'm ready for spring buds!
    Thanks for the birthday wishes. I always remember how you were among the first commenters who weren't friends of mine and I remember how thrilled I was to hear form someone in Scotland!

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    1. Another Spring-wisher!
      Congrats again - I was thrilled to find another 'Occasional' blog!

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  6. That is such a familiar road! We shall be driving along it next week. I wonder if the snow will have gone by then?

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    1. Will we pass each other today I wonder? We're heading north again.

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  7. That is such beauty you have there in Scotland. I know our snow isn't over yet, as March and April are our snowiest months, and we usually get some even in May (it's been a light snow year so far at our house, we've had just under 4 feet so far).

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    1. 4 feet! Still, not as much as the poor afflicted north of Japan, where houses have been buried this year.

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  8. More interesting shots of your beautiful country. I will admit it does look a bit desolate, but even that can be interesting. I think it is wonderful that you can travel about and take pictures like you do.

    I haven't been on the computer for about three weeks. I have just been so busy. We had three sets of company in the last three weeks so it has kept me very very busy. I noticed that I haven't posted on my blog for that same three weeks. That may be the norm for me in the future. Not that I will be so busy, but quite the opposite, it looks like it is going to be so slow that I won't have anything at all to post about. Anyway, I did post a couple of days ago, so hope you'll drop by.

    Hope all is well with you and your family.l

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    1. Hi Darlene, I've had a quick catch up with your blog but will drop by again and leave a comment. Good to see that life is busy for you and that you're enjoying it.

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  9. beautiful landscapes :) Can't wait for spring too ;)

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    1. And Spring in France is so beautiful!

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  10. It's amazing that Edinburgh's been snow free. I'm not counting my chickens yet, we got snow in April last year.

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    1. Yes, there's always the chance of that late dump of snow, just when we think it's all over.

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  11. Your photographs are absolutely stunning!

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    1. You're very kind. A few mountains always help!

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  12. Linda, how beautiful your photos are! Have you been dry in Edinburgh or just snowless? Can't afford not to have anough moisture for the spring flowers!

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    1. Spoken by a true gardener! It's actually been quite dry, and when we had rain this week I was so relieved.

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  13. You may be engaging in wishful thinking. But I'm with you in spirit.

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    1. Will look forward to seeing Spring in your corner of the world.

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  14. Hi Linda,

    Greetings from Montreal, Canada. Love your snow photos!

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    1. Hello Linda - great to meet another Linda! You certainly seem to have plenty of snow in Montreal, judging by your blog. It's a beautiful city - I'll look forward to discovering it through your blog.

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  15. It's all gorgeous, and I'm glad I don't have to forage out there.

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    1. You're right, the foraging gets a bit wearing sometimes...

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  16. The mountains are so beautiful with the snow on them. We have a lot of wild deer in our area too. It is neat to see them out foraging for food.

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    1. There's talk of a big cull of wild deer in Scotland - Scottish Natural Heritage thinks they're damaging the environment, but there's a lot of opposition to the cull.

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  17. Thank you for your visit my blog Linda!
    I think, I have been telling you from our living in Scotland a long time ago! We lived then near Aberdeen in the small village, Kinmuck. In one of your photos shows perhaps red deer. My husband studied just them in the Rowett Research Institute during our year there.
    It is really nice to see your photos there!
    My son visited Scotland with his family and showed to his wife and daughters his school and house, where we lived :)
    Good Sunday to you and yours Linda!

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