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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.
Section of a rainbow amongst clouds, viewed from the Findhorn Hinterland on 29th August 2023.
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) in flight in Glen Affric, 31st May 2023.
Lichen (Lecanora intumescens) with its apothecia visible amongst lenticels on the trunk of a goat willow (Salix caprea), Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) on a standing dead birch tree or snag (Betula sp.), Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
New leaves and flowers of a blaeberry plant (Vaccinium myrtillus) in spring, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Female flower of a hazel tree (Corylus avellana) at the beginning of March, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Trunks & branches of silver birch trees (Betula pendula) reflected in a still section of the Affric River amongst patches of frozen snow, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Full moon behind a birch tree (Betula pubescens) & an old Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) after sunset on 6th January 2023, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Lichen with red apothecia (Cladonia coccifera agg.) covered in frost crystals, Findhorn Hinterland.
Birch trees (Betula pendula) silhouetted against clouds & blue sky in early morning light in winter, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Eggshell slime mould (Leocarpus fragilis) on moss, on the Findhorn Hinterland, 20th November 2022.
Tinder fungi (Fomes fomentarius) on the trunk of a dead birch tree (Betula sp.), with other birch trees in autumn colour behind, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris) and downy birches (Betula pubescens) in autumn colours with low clouds passing in front of the hills behind, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Nature's mandala - newly-hatched nymphs of shieldbugs on the underside of a leaf of a holly tree (Ilex aquifolium), Findhorn Hinterland.
Scentless mayweed (Tripleurospermum inodorum) in flower with a sandstone arch and a sandstone cliff behind, near Covesea, Moray Coast.
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) and cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radicata) flowering beside each other, Findhorn Hinterland.
Flower detail of a heath spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata), Glen Beasdale SAC, Lochaber
Small heath butterfly (Coenonympha pamphilus) on the flowers of yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Findhorn Hinterland.
Ash trees (Fraxinus excelsior) (left), wych elm (Ulmus glabra) (centre) & oak trees (Quercus petraea) (right) in temperate rainforest beside the Beasdale Burn, Glen Beasdale SAC, Lochaber, Scotland.
Two kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) squabbling & showing their red tongues at their nest sites on a sandstone cliff, Clashach, near Hopeman, Moray Coast.
Weevil (Polydrusus pilosus) sheltering inside the partially open buds of a hazel tree (Corlyus avellana) on a cold day in late April 2022, Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.
Common snail hunter beetle (Phosphuga atrata) and fungal hyphae found inside an old pine log, Findhorn Hinterland.
Common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina) & sea ivory lichen (Ramalina siliquosa) on sandstone bedrock at Clashach on the Moray Coast, Scotland.
Detail of the head of a hawthorn shieldbug (Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale) at its overwintering site under the loose bark of a pine log, Findhorn Hinterland.
Trunks of rowans (Sorbus aucuparia), birches (Betula sp.) and a goat willow (Salix caprea) (left) covered in fresh snow, on the northern boundary of the Cainrgorms National Park.
Waves breaking over an eroded sandstone rock formation at high tide at Covesea on the Moray coast of Scotland.
Eroded sandstone bedrock formation at low tide, at Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Lenticular cloud formation at sunset, viewed from my garden at Findhorn on 12th January 2022.
Full moon beside one of the Findhorn Community's wind turbines in sunset light, Findhorn Hinterland.
Heart-shaped green lichen (Melanelixia subaurifera) on a piece of fallen bark of a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris), Findhorn Hinterland.
Brightly-coloured lichenicolous fungus (Erythricium aurantiacum) growing on a lichen (Physcia tenella) with brown apothecia on the twig of a hawthorn tree (Crataegus monogyna), Findhorn Hinterland.
Brightly-coloured foliage of a downy birch tree (Betula pubescens) beside the trunk and branches of a Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) in autumn, Culligran, Glen Strathfarrar.
Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus) in flight at Clashach, near Hopeman on the Moray Coast, Scotland.
Lichen with apothecia (Lecanora chlarotera sensu lato) on the trunk of a rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia) beside the Fechlin River, Birchfield, southeast of Loch Ness.
Silk button spangle galls induced by a wasp (Neuroterus numismalis) & a cherry gall induced by a wasp (Cynips quercusfolii) on the underside of a leaf of an oak tree (Quercus robur), Findhorn.
Roots of an old yew tree (Taxus baccata) growing over a sandstone rock outcrop, Wakehurst & Chiddingly Woods SSSI, West Sussex, England.
Nymphs of red-legged shieldbugs (Pentatoma rufipes) hatching from their eggs on the underside of a leaf of an oak tree (Quercus robur) at Findhorn on 2nd August 2021.
A pair of gannets (Morus bassanus) on top of a cliff, Troup Head RSPB Reserve, near Banff, Scotland.
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and red campions (Silene dioica) in flower, with sandstone cliffs behind, between Hopeman and Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) on top of an eroded sandstone cliff, with the moon in the sky above, at Clashach, near Hopeman on the Moray Coast.
Sea ivory (Ramalina siliquosa) & other lichens on the eroded top of a sandstone sea stack, with cloud formation in blue sky at Cummingston on the Moray coast.
Female flower of a hazel tree (Corylus avellana), with pollen on it from a male flower, Findhorn Hinterland.
Northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis) in pair bonding behaviour at their nest site on a ledge on a sandstone cliff near Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Feral pigeons (Columba livia domestica) sheltering on a ledge on a sandstone cliff with snow falling, near Covesea on the Moray Coast.
Snow-covered sandstone arch and sandstone cliff, with snow on a beach near Covesea and a snowstorm approaching from over the North Sea, Moray Coast.
Hair ice formed by the presence of a fungus (Exidiopsis effusa) on a fallen dead branch of a silver birch tree (Betula pendula), Findhorn Hinterland.
Herring gull (Larus argentatus) and spray from waves crashing on to sandstone bedrock at Cove Bay, near Hopeman on the Moray coast.
Eroded sandstone cliff-top covered in sea ivory lichen (Ramalina siliquosa), common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina) & other lichens, with waves breaking on a sandstone sea stack below, near Covesea on the Moray coast.
Sandstone cliff silhouetted against clouds over the Moray Firth at sunset, near Covesea on the Moray coast of Scotland.
Ice formation on a small pool at the base of a sandstone cliff, near Covesea on the Moray Coast of Scotland.
Common limpets (Patella vulgata) amongst an erosion pattern on sandstone bedrock at low tide, near Covesea on the Moray Firth coast, Scotland.
Sea ivory (Ramalina siliquosa), common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina) and other lichens on eroded sandstone bedrock with surf behind, on the Moray Firth coast near Covesea, Scotland.
Common starling (Sturmus vulgaris) on the roof of my house at Findhorn, Scotland.
Wet rocks and waves retreating over sandstone bedrock at Cove Bay, near Hopeman on the Moray Coast, Scotland.
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.
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) 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.