Category Archives: Exploring

Exploring the Caledonian pinewood

Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris)Last month we linked to Part 1 of a report on a visit to a surviving fragment of Scotland’s once extensive pine forest. Ashley has since added a Part 2 and Part 3. His photos give a good flavor of the landscape.

Heather, bilberry (blaeberry) and juniper form the shrub storey while Scots pine forms a rather open canopy, with a few downy birches for company. Other trees I saw in the Ryvoan Pass, but in miniscule numbers, were willow, rowan, holly and alder.

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When trees are more photogenic than wildlife

Weather Wonderland at Fidalgo Island CrossingsDave at Fidalgo Island Crossings took his camera for a walk and discovered that a wetland forest in winter can become a place of magic and mystery.

A tromp through the woods in the Dallas suburbs

Albert at Resonant Enigma explores the Spring Creek Forest Preserve under blustery skies. It doesn’t quite look the way it does on Google street view! But he finds much to admire and wonder at all the same.

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