Like many other parts of the UK, eastern Perthshire has had quite a bit of snow this week, being driven in on strong easterly winds from Siberia. In between frequent blizzards, we’ve been fortunate to have some blue skies and sunshine. Scotland’s gritter lorries have been kept busy clearing the major routes, leaving quieter roads, like Keay Street in Blairgowrie, white and powdery.
We had quite a bit of snow yesterday morning, but in the afternoon the sun came out and brightened things up. I expect the birds enjoy a bit of winter warmth on their feathers, just as humans appreciate it against the skin.
Yesterday was a glorious day in sunny Perthshire, cold and crisp with a clear blue sky. While out for a health-giving walk, I passed a curiously twisted tree. I don’t suppose I’d have noticed it if it had been covered in leaves, but at this time of year its pale bark and empty branches stood out against the background field.
I took this picture a few days ago in Darroch Wood, on the outskirts of Blairgowrie. In springtime it’s a riot of bluebells under fresh green oaks. At this time of year, as the leaves are turning, bracken and ferns crowd the forest floor.
It’s coming into blackberry time in my part of the world, and this morning I went out to see what I could find. I got a decent boxful but many of the berries are not yet ripe. What we need is a warm sunny spell to sweeten them and make them nice and fat.
While out for a walk in sunny Perthshire yesterday, the view below made me think of the Caribbean. My fellow walkers didn’t see what I was getting at, but perhaps a well-placed palm tree or two would have convinced them. The lush green expanse (which I like to imagine being a crop of yams) was a field of potatoes.
The red car in the middle of this photograph is driving north on the A93 road, through Glenshee in Perthshire. After winding round the mountain in the middle of the picture, the road has a long, steep climb up to the Glenshee ski centre. At that point, it is the highest public road in the UK, at 670 metres (2199 feet) above sea level. It often gets blocked by snow in the winter, but at this time of year it makes for a lovely drive.