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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, September 09, 2006

Spent last night camping out in the glade. Only notable connections were a Red Fox squealing at 2 am and the local Magpies squabbling a couple of hours later. Started today with a walk along the Clyde to Newshot Island. Nothing unusual there, apart from a trio of Shovelers. However it was nice to be in the fresh air, and to notice berry laden Rowans, fresh Bulrush flowers and fungi springing up everywhere.

In the afternoon, visited Baron's Haugh in Motherwell. Again, nothing remarkable to report, but it was nice to see an abundance of Bramble berries (pic), Red and Brown Hawker dragonflies along the path and a Common Frog in Dalziel Wood. The sunlight streaming through the trees presented a marvellous photo opportunity (pic).

Probably the most notable sighting of the day involved 3 Swallows hawking insects over Hamilton Cross at 4 pm.
The third walk of the day took us along Burnblea Street to the small park there. Nothing to get excited about, but just nice to have spent most of a Scottish September day in the outdoors and to have been more at risk of sunburn than a soaking!


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