End of November Dog Walk.

You know it’s getting very cold when you begin to value having a doggy bag full of hot dog poo on you. Always pick up your dog’s poo.

Dog on the path in the woods.

Some cold autumn photographs from the place where I walk the dog. I’m lucky that all this is only a 15 minute walk from my house in the town. A lifesaver.

Walking the home made bike run.

On wet days I hike through the pine plantation where local kids build and maintain their mountain bike slalom. They’ve been doing that for generations (in terms of the short period of mad youth).

My mates son was one of them when he was young. Now he works in youth hostels all over the world. I know where they cache their tools.

His parents still have the scary video tapes of when he strapped their video camera to his helmet. It was years before Go Pro and solid state recording. But it was after VHS tape.  The camera was relatively small for the time and used the little mini tapes.

Pine plantation in low light.
This pine plantation is where the local kids have been building and maintaining their own mountain bike slalom run. For years. My mates harem skarem son was one of them when he was young.
Moss and tussochs in the pine forest part of the walk.
Moss smothering grass tussochs and a fallen pine in the deep forest part of the walk.

Dog photo bombing.

I would photograph details on the ground too, like mushrooms, flowers and textures. But the dog nose always gets shoved right under the lens. “What is it? What are you doing? Is it edible? Can I dig? What’s that smell? Is there a bone?”

He moves extremely fast and thinks he’s helping his master as he tramples the subject into the dirt in his enthusiasm.

The dog on the path.
I like photographing detail on the ground as well. But the dogs nose always appears right in front of the lens. He moves extremely fast and thinks he’s helping as he tramples the subject.

Root Plates

The root plate covered in ferns of a fallen, still living, birch tree. It’s a big tree and to follow the path you have to crouch down and duck under the bole.

I always give the trunk a heavy dunt with my shoulder before I go under because one day it may drop on someone. Unlikely though.

Root plate covered in ferns of a fallen still living birch tree.
The root plate covered in ferns of a fallen, still living, birch tree.

Coconut Scented Flowers.

Whins are an invasive species in some countries. They can be a pest in Scotland too. But they flower all year round, even in the icy snow.  And the flowers smell of coconut and on a sunny day the perfume announces them often before you see them.

Whins with the seed pods recently popped and the flowers which appear all the year round, even in the snow.
Whins with the seed pods recently popped and the flowers which appear all the year round, even in the snow. They smell of coconut.

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