ECOLOGIST, NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER AND INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER FOUNDER OF THE AWARD-WINNING CHARITY TREES FOR LIFE
Image of the Week
Each week I post an image on the Home page that I’ve taken recently (or occasionally from my back catalogue). This is an archive of them all.
Close up view of a clump of upright coral fungus (Ramaria stricta), Findhorn Hinterland.
Downy birch trees (Betula pubescens) in autumn on a ridge with drifting mist behind, Glen Strathfarrar.
Detail of the gills on the underside of the cap of a waxcap fungus (Hygrocybe sp.), Findhorn Hinterland.
Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) and birches (Betula pendula & Betula pubescens) in autumn colours, with mist drifting through the trees behind, Culligran, Glen Strathfarrar.
Trunks & branches of oak trees (Quercus petraea) in autumn.colours, Beasdale SAC, Lochaber, Scotland.
Blaeberry plants (Vaccinium myrtillus) in autumn colour at the base of a Scots pine, with other pines & downy birches (Betula pubescens) in autumn colour behind, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Silk button spangle galls induced by a wasp (Neuroterus numismalis) on the underside of a leaf of an oak (Quercus robur), Findhorn Hinterland.
Spectacularly-coloured clouds at sunset over my house at Findhorn in early September.
Dramatic light with sun shafts and dark clouds over the Moray Firth, from a sandstone cave on the Moray coast near Covesea.
Sandstone rocks at low tide with limpets (Patella vulgata) & barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides) on them, with a view over the Moray Firth, from the Moray coast between Hopeman & Covesea.
Moss-covered trunks of oak trees (Quercus petraea) in temperate rainforest, Ariundle National Nature Reserve, Lochaber, Scotland.
Final instar nymphs of parent bugs (Elasmucha grisea) and red-legged shieldbugs or forest bugs (Pentatoma rufipes) mating on a leaf of a silver birch (Betula pendula), Findhorn Hinterland, Scotland.
Herring gull (Larus argentatus) landing on top of a sandstone cliff, between Hopeman & Covesea on the Moray coast.
Sun shafts and dramatic evening light over the Moray Firth, with a sandstone rock silhouetted on the Moray coast between Hopeman and Covesea.
Rose aphid (Macrosiphum rosae) giving birth to a live nymph, with other nymphs on the new growth of a dog rose (Rosa canina), Findhorn.
Adult cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) (left) feeding almost fully-grown chicks on their nest on a sandstone cliff, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) giving birth to a live nymph, on the developing seed pod of broom (Cytisus scoparius), at Findhorn.
Colourful lichens on sandstone rocks at the base of a sandstone cliff with dramatic clouds & blue sky behind, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray Coast
Herring gull chicks (Larus argentatus) at their nest site on a rock ledge on a sandstone cliff, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea), gorse (Ulex europaeus) and an elder tree (Sambucus nigra) in flower, at the edge of Wilkie's Wood, Findhorn.
Sandstone cliffs and a cave on the Moray coast between Hopeman and Covesea, with a rainbow over the North Sea.
Wood ant (Formica aquilonia) tending dark green nettle aphids (Aphis urticata) on a stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), Findhorn Hinterland area.
Roe deer buck (Capreolus capreolus) beside the backlit new leaves of birch trees, Wilkie's Wood, Findhorn, Scotland.
Common gull (Larus canus) in flight with material for its nest on the sandstone cliff behind, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray coast in Scotland.
Large sandstone rock arch and cave in a sandstone cliff, with gulls flying overhead, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) with its wings open to dry, next to its nest site on a sandstone cliff, Moray Coast between Hopeman and Covesea.
Rust fungus (Coleosporium tussilaginis) on the needle of a Scots pine in Wilkie's Wood, Findhorn, Scotland
Crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus) on a lodgepole pine in Wilkie's Wood, Findhorn Hinterland, Moray, Scotland.
Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) perched on the dead branch of a mangrove tree (Rhizophora mucronata), Pichavaram, Tamil Nadu, India.
Trunk and aerial roots of a banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), Revelation Forest, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India.
Brightly-coloured lichens on a rock beside the Affric River, with fresh snow on Scots pines and birches, in Glen Affric.
Birch trees beside Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin and dramatically-coloured clouds at sunset in Glen Affric.
Scots pines beside cascades on the Affric River in winter, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
The view from my front door on 3rd December 2019: a crow (Corvus corone) sitting in a tree at sunset, with the moon visible amongst pink-coloured clouds behind.
Birch trees in autumn colour and fog in the Caledonian Forest in Glen Affric.
Rocks and autumn-coloured leaves of a young aspen tree reflected in the Farrar River, Glen Strathfarrar.
Sporocarps or fruiting bodies of a slime mould (Trichia decipiens) on a birch log in Glen Cannich.
Birch trees and bracken in autumn colour with Scots pines beside the Allt na Imrich, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Aspen trees (Populus tremula) in autumn colour beside Callater Burn, near Braemar in the Cairngorms National Park, in the middle of October.
Scots pines and birches in early autumn colour, with morning mist over Loch Beinn a’ Mheadhoin in Glen Affric.
Old Scots pines and pine snag silhouetted against dramatically-lit clouds in Glen Affric.
Like many parts of the UK, Findhorn has lots of Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) on the wing just now. Here, two are feeding on ragwort flowers next to a small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae).
I photographed this wood pigeon (Columba palumbus) just outside my garden - the bird's feathers were all in perfect condition.
Beech tree in summer in Darnaway Forest, near Forres, Scotland.
Common water frog (Pelophylax esculentus) on the leaf of a yellow water lily (Nuphar lutea) at the edge of the Sventoji River, Lithuania.
Silver-green leaf weevil (Phyllobius argentatus) beside galls induced by a mite (Eriophyes laevis) on an alder leaf in Glen Affric in the middle of June.
Trunks and branches of bigleaf maples (Acer macrophyllum) covered in moss and ferns, with a Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) on the right in temperate rainforest, Quinault Valley, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.
Douglas’ squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) feeding on seeds of a Sitka spruce cone, on a Sitka spruce tree (Picea sitchensis), Olympic National Park, Washington, USA.
Male spider (Metellina mengei) on the new leaves and flower of a blaeberry plant (Vaccinium myrtillus) opening in spring in Glen Affric.
Ravens (Corvus corax) with chicks in their nest on a cliff beside the Affric River in Glen Affric in the middle of April 2019
Catkins on the branch of an alder tree (Alnus glutinosa) hanging over the Affric River in Glen Affric in late March.
Dead grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) washed up on the beach at Findhorn, with its flippers tangled in rope.