Time to return from Kosovo to Scotland, with wistful thoughts that while spring - or even summer - has come to Kosovo, it certainly hasn't arrived in Scotland. Along the banks of the Lumbardhi River in Prizren the pavement cafes will be busy. A quick check on the BBC weather site shows temperatures there in the mid 20s. Here in Scotland, the forecast is for a high of 8 degrees. It is almost May, and there are virtually no leaves on the trees. A few cautiously unfurling chestnut leaves in sheltered spots, but overall the trees still look as they did in February.
We drove north on Friday evening into sleet and snow, and a curious grey landscape around the Drumochter Pass. The shot above is taken heading towards Dalwhinnie and into an ominous blackness. The camera on the pole at the left of the shot is a traffic cam which feeds into the Traffic Scotland website. Looking at the feed today (it's the A9 Drumochter North cam at this link), the snow has disappeared, leaving a landscape of wintry brown.
Looking west along Loch Garry, below, a similar blackness.
The new snow cast a strange grey coating over the heather.
Now, after a morning of rain here on Speyside, the sun has come out. I'm about to go out for a walk to see what signs of this pent-up spring I can find.