If ever I needed a reminder of why I’m not a hill walker…
I went off to explore Glen Clova, parked at Glen Doll, and ended up following the path to Ballater by Capel Mounth. I didn’t realise it went to the top of the hill until I was halfway up (or what felt like halfway up). Decided to carry on, but it was hard going…however, there were ever-changing light effects on the hills to distract me, and some good plants on the path.
Still in bloom, Yellow Saxifrage, Saxifraga aizoides – attracting several ants.
Bog Asphodel, Narthecium ossifragum (one of my plants of the year).
Just as lovely once it’s gone over – great colour.
I didn’t see anyone, but at one point, I thought I heard distant bagpipes…
Top of the hill, top of the world.
I didn’t go further as the rain started. It stopped as soon as I was togged up in waterproofs, but I felt I’d achieved enough and carried on down the hill.
Red sphagnum – might be Sphagnum capillifolium subsp. capillifolium, because there were lots of capsules.
Lovely Hylocomium splendens, Glittering wood moss welcomed me back into the wood, where I managed not to fall off the stepping stones across the burn.
It felt like a different world, only an hour and a half in the car – can’t believe I’ve never been here before.