Thursday, 21 January 2010


The water of Loch Insh was very choppy last time we visited so we opted for a bowl of hot soup in the warmth of the cafe which must have one of the best views in the country.
The pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Why is Greg smiling? he's thinking about the cream tea waiting at the end of this walkTree trunks displaying a variety of lichens and bark.

A pathway invites us into the forest.

Braving the cold at the top of the Cairngorm Mountains. Look at the threatening clouds.

Back in my garden my footprints leading to the bird feeder show up in the frost

Another view of the garden.

It's worth clicking on this shot to see how the ice crystals have built up on the chariot and horses statue and the mans helmet.


Karen said...

A cream tea sure sounds good!!! And you're right about enlarging the photographs. The ice crystals are amazing! Thanks, Chris!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful pictures, Chris... Looks COLD... Bet that tea and soup was GOOD... Enlarging the pictures helps. Love seeing the ice crystals.


SquirrelQueen said...

Everything about your countryside is so beautiful and the winter weather is no exception. The ice crystals are amazing but I also noticed in the next to last photo that the blue sky looks so clean and clear.

jabblog said...

Splendid photos of gorgeous places though it does look cold. I love the ice crystals - quite amazing.

Happyone :-) said...

That sure is a heavy frost. Makes for wonderful pictures!

Neil Tasker said...

Chris....that's not a's a park!!!
Do the Council send folks round to keep it in trim? ;-)
Love the frosty shot.

Chris said...

Neil, I wish, it would save a lot of hard work with the mower. We did have a Shetland pony in one year, but it left too much recycled grass behind it so we reverted too the old method. The bloody thing also ate some of my best roses.

George said...

Your pictures of the frost in your garden are beautiful, especially the last one. The cream tea sounds delicious.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Quite the variety of weather and terrain. I'm not sure I'd want to be on top of that mountain when those storm clouds let loose. Then again, I don't ski. =)

As everyone else has mentioned, the frosty garden is magnificent, especially the first shot with the light coming in from behind. And yes, it was worth clicking on the last shot to see all the detail of the ice crystals. Actually, I clicked on all of the photos. Another great post. You two seem to visit the most interesting places. =)

ms toast burner said...

Lovely photos, Chris but that frosty statue pic is amazing!a