Thursday, 25 February 2010

Yes it was two again.


At last I have something to tell you about it has been four weeks since anything of any interest has been happening here.  It has been snowing continually since about Tuesday evening it is the very wet kind of snow so hopefully it will not take so long this time to go but at the moment is is about 8" of slush.

Fortunately on Monday with a cloudless sky we decided on a run in the car, so armed with binoculars camera and a picnic we set of for the Sma Glen a favourite of ours  I have written about it before. I have been visiting this glen all my life but I have never seen the river frozen. Every thing looked so cold.

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The River Almond near Crieff. It is blue with the reflection of the sky.DSCN0480


Loch NaCraig totally frozen and sparkling.


Ben Lawers. above and below



And of course Schiehallion.

So two of what I hear you ask well here they are two little Dippers bit smaller than the size of a Blackbird but they swim in rivers and streams.  These two, a pair I reckon at this time of year, were diving in off the ice at the side of the river and swimming across on the surface something we have never seen before they usually dive under maybe the water was too cold.  They made me cold just watching them. We had a great day out and glad we did it with the lovely weather we had at the start of the week. I am wondering what it will look like today after all this snow. Just heard on the Scottish news that all of the north of Scotland is cut off, all roads north of Stirling are blocked, never heard of things being  so bad .

Here is a picture of our two intrepid swimmers standing on the ice.


That's about it for now will try to visit you all over the net couple of days.  Take care and stay cosy.




I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It is good to hear from you! This winter has been a long one and each day seems to bring only more cold and more snow. Your pictures are beautiful. The countryside there is breathtaking with the mountains and all. Here it is very flat until I go south for camping and then it is hills not mountains that I see. We are expecting another huge snow storm here by evening. Take care and keep warm!

Angie said...

How beautiful it all looks up there but I'm glad not to share it with you!

Try to kedep cosy.

Julie said...

It looks beautiful there and your shots are lovely. Soon spring will be here and I will hopefully be motivated to do some photo treks. Just hate to leave the warm house when it is only 7 degrees out.

Kath said...

Ive almost forgotten what it's like to go for a nice ride out Joan Brrrrrrrrr it's been too coooold.Happy to read you got a good days weather to enable you and Stuart to get out and about.I bet it felt great didn't it? How that fresh air makes all the differance from sitting in the house.I carn't wait for spring to arrive.Your pictures are beautiful as usual thankyou for taking time out to share them with us.I must get to Scotland one day to stay.Iv'e just read on Guido's blog how bad the weather is just now,withthe road blocks etc..Poor things who are trapped in it.Have a lovely evening.Stay Warm Take Care God Bless Kath xx

Jeannette said...

Oh Joan, it is SO beautiful where you live, you are lucky despite the weather. What we would give to have views like that. Great to see the Dippers.

Herrad said...

Hi Joan,
Great pictures, hope you are coping with all the snow you are having.
Keep warm.

Jan said...

Joan ;what fantastic pictures I feel as though I took the trip with you Jan xx

Missie said...

I love the pictures. So pretty! Snowing here too. I'm so ready for spring.

Anonymous said...

Stunning views Joan, you're two little friends don't mind the cold at all. I love how you've caught the glisten of the sun on the snow. 'Mush' snow is very treacherous, take care.


Aileen said...

Hello! Joan
Was thinking of you, and wonderng how you were coping.
Love the pictures,Allan loves the hillwalking in Scotland, and we were looking to visit this year, but left it late, and now going down South.
Our first holiday together we drove 1500 miles in Scotland. it was October,but not so cold.

Yasmin said...

Hi Joan Loved the pictures you have a good eye for detail..sorry to read the dreaded snow is back and hope your both wrapping up warm.

Take care


Ally Lifewithally said...

Joan your pictures are lovely ~ Such beautiful views ~ hope you are both keeping well ~ Ally x

Sara said...

Stunning photos Joan, especially the one of the loch, just beautiful! We had snow again this week too, though not as much as you have up there... stay warm my dear :o)

Jeanie said...

I could look at such beautiful views all day Joan! Even though I have similr here in the English Lakes. There is nothing to beat the majesty of Scotland.
I would have liked to have been sat beside you both when you saw the Sea Eagles. One day I would like to be able to say I saw one.
This winter is definitely turning out to be a marathon one..isn't it?
I hope you don't get snowed in and can get out to take more photos.
I just love the!
Jeanie xxxx

Stuart said...

great photos
I love watching dippers aren;t they great fun?

Dawn said...

Your pic made me feel cold! But that is what a good pic does, it tells a story. Hope Stuart is feeling better.

Dawn said...

Pic should tell a story and yours did. I felt the cold! Hope Stuart is feeling better. Dawn

Dawn said...

Pic should tell a story and yours did. I felt the cold! Hope Stuart is feeling better. Dawn

Herrad said...

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Jeanie said...

Just calling round for a wee visit Joan to see how you and Stuart are faring. I hope the weather is geting a bit warmer for you both when you get out and about bird watching. We have snowdrops in profusion and crocus blooming now. The daffodils have tight buds which should be openeing quite soon to cheer us up here in the Lakes.
Take care..

Jeanie xxx

Sybil said...

JOan are you ok..concerned to see you have not been in touch for such a long while...
Sybil xx

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