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Natural Connections

Modern life in Scotland is increasingly busy. The connections our ancestors had with nature and the land are being lost. As leisure time shrinks, or is filled with hi-tech experiences, opportunities to experience nature become fewer. And yet it is possible to connect with nature on a day to day basis. All around us, the great web of life continues to hold its shape, and nature continues its eternal cycles. Keep looking, listening, smelling, touching - and keep experiencing natural connections.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Drove along the Johnstone bypass between Linwood and Bridge of Weir this afternoon. Verges full of interesting plants. Rosebay Willow Herb in full flower. Other plants now coming into flower include thistles, ragworts and a waist-height, pink flowered herb which might be a type of Mallow. No sign of the patch of Thrift I noticed on the roadside here earlier in the year. I guess it has succumbed to the municipal lawn mowers.
Back home, a pair of Magpies have brought their ridiculously short-tailed fledgling to join in the general menacing of the back garden. In spite of what the experts say about their innocence when it comes to small bird declines, I find it difficult to feel anything but loathing towards them (although the juvenile does share his parents' stunning, electric-blue wing panels).

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