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Gallery of Scottish photographs of plants, flowers, such as bluebells, harebells, Dames Rocket, broom, gorse, fox gloves, poppies; trees such as gean, silver birch, pines, Scots Pines, larch, and a few wild animals such as birds, hare, pheasants, roe deer, red squirrels, insects, butterflies such as peacocls, red admirals, tortoiseshell, although I am not a wildlife photographer as such.

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Peacocks Sun Bathing qax2868jhp 
 Butterfly peacocks sun basking dorsal reflectance concrete slab ground Deeside Scottish summer photograph taken as they fly from the buddleia’s for short periods to these spots directly in the sun here they will boost their body temperatures both from the sun and also the heat stored in this case a concrete slabon the ground. Butterflies are cold blooded and require a certain body heat to be able to fly and this is one method they use to keep them mobile and on this day it was clouding over periodically. Numbers this summer of 2018 are marginally down on a decade ago but my maximum daily count by the end of August 2018 on the most sunny days has been well in excess of 50 peacocks, three Red Admirals and an occasional Small Tortoiseshell. I am hoping that my planned planting of another dozen buddleias around the wild garden to add to the 6 established ones will boost numbers. The bees have been very busy all summer and a bumper crop of apples is evidence they did their job in the spring. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, autumn, sunny, sunlight, heat, basking, reflectance, dorsal, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, peacock, inachis io, eyes, defence, pattern, wings, red, admiral, vanessa, atalanta, buddleia, bright, colours, black, white, stone, wall, house, gable, concrete, slab, August, 2018, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-200mm, digital camera, photograph, photo
Peacocks Sun Bathing qax2856jhp 
 Butterfly peacocks sun basking dorsal reflectance wall house gable Deeside Scotland summer photograph taken as they fly from the buddleia’s for short periods to these spots directly in the sun here they will boost their body temperatures both from the sun and also the heat stored in the stone or concrete. Butterflies are cold blooded and require a certain body heat to be able to fly and this is one method they use to keep them mobile. Numbers this summer of 2018 are marginally down on a decade ago but my maximum daily count by the end of August 2018 on the most sunny days has been well in excess of 50 peacocks, three Red Admirals and an occasional Small Tortoiseshell. I am hoping that my planned planting of another dozen buddleias around the wild garden to add to the 6 established ones will boost numbers. The bees have been very busy all summer and a bumper crop of apples is evidence they did their job in the spring. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, autumn, sunny, sunlight, heat, basking, bathing, reflectance, dorsal, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, peacock, inachis io, eyes, defence, pattern, wings, red, admiral, vanessa, atalanta, buddleia, bright, colours, black, white, stone, wall, house, gable, concrete, slab, August, 2018, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-200mm, digital camera, photograph, photo
Millbank Spring qax1505jhp 
 Bennachie Scottish spring gean blossom yellow gorse road afternoon colours rich sunlight sun Scotland in the North East with a view from the roadside looking northwards to Bennachie near the hamlet of Millbank which joins the main A944 Dunecht to Alford road coming from the Learney Crossroads. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Mar, Millbank, Shiels, Bennachie, hill, landscape, upright, spring, afternoon, gean, wild, cherry, blossom, white, gorse, yellow, flowers, hills, farming, fields, fence, road, roadside, trees, forest, blue, sky, clouds, sunshine, sunny, afternoon, strong, rich, saturated, sunlight, May, 2018, D700, Nikon, camera, digital, DSLR, photograph
Millbank Spring qax1504jhp 
 Bennachie Hill Millbank spring gean blossom gorse afternoon rich sunlight sun Scotland in the North East with a view from the roadside looking northwards to Bennachie near the hamlet of Millbank which joins the main A944 Dunecht to Alford road coming from the Learney Crossroads. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Mar, Millbank, Shiels, Bennachie, hill, landscape, upright, spring, afternoon, gean, wild, cherry, blossom, white, gorse, yellow, flowers, hills, farming, fields, fence, road, roadside, trees, forest, blue, sky, clouds, sunshine, sunny, afternoon, strong, rich, saturated, sunlight, May, 2018, D700, Nikon, camera, digital, DSLR, photograph
Millbank Spring qax1503jhp 
 Bennachie Hill Millbank May white gean blossom gorse afternoon rich sunlight sun Scotland in the North East with a view from the roadside looking northwards to Bennachie near the hamlet of Millbank which joins the main A944 Dunecht to Alford road coming from the Learney Crossroads. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Mar, Millbank, Shiels, Bennachie, hill, landscape, upright, spring, afternoon, gean, wild, cherry, blossom, white, gorse, yellow, flowers, hills, farming, fields, fence, road, roadside, trees, forest, blue, sky, clouds, sunshine, sunny, afternoon, strong, rich, saturated, sunlight, May, 2018, D700, Nikon, camera, digital, DSLR, photograph, upright
Millbank Spring qax1502jhp 
 Bennachie Hill Millbank spring white gean wild cherry blossom gorse afternoon rich sunlight sun Scotland in the North East with a view from the roadside looking northwards to Bennachie near the hamlet of Millbank which joins the main A944 Dunecht to Alford road coming from the Learney Crossroads. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Mar, Millbank, Shiels, Bennachie, hill, landscape, upright, spring, afternoon, gean, wild, cherry, blossom, white, gorse, yellow, flowers, hills, farming, fields, fence, road, roadside, trees, forest, blue, sky, clouds, sunshine, sunny, afternoon, strong, rich, saturated, sunlight, May, 2018, D700, Nikon, camera, digital, DSLR, photograph
Lilac Leaves Backlit bnm9816jhp 
 Scottish Deeside colours lilac backlit leaves yellow striking sunshine colourful study on Ord Fundlie located between Torphins and Kincardine O’Neil an interestingly late illustration that autumn is about over and colours that will easily disappear overnight with strong winds and rain but these were later than all the others such as silver birch, copper beech and aspen around the garden. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, Torphins, Kincardine O’Neil, autumn, wild, landscape, upright, countryside, rural, Nature, Syringa, vulgaris, lilac, leaves, backlit, shrub, tree, branch, trunk, dyke, stone, wall, golden, yellow, orange, foliage, veins, colourful, colorful, coloured, colored, low, sunlight, sun, sunshine, flora, DSLR, digital, camera, D700, Nikon, photograph, October, 2017
Lilac Leaves Backlit bnm9814jhp 
 Scotland Deeside autumn colours lilac backlit leaves sunshine colourful scenes on Ord Fundlie located between Torphins and Kincardine O’Neil an interestingly late illustration that autumn is about over and colours that will easily disappear overnight with strong winds and rain but these were later than all the others such as silver birch, copper beech and aspen around the garden. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, Torphins, Kincardine O’Neil, autumn, wild, landscape, countryside, rural, Nature, Syringa, vulgaris, lilac, leaves, backlit, shrub, tree, branch, trunk, dyke, stone, wall, golden, yellow, orange, foliage, veins, colourful, colorful, coloured, colored, low, sunlight, sun, sunshine, flora, DSLR, digital, camera, D700, Nikon, photograph, October, 2017
Craigton Hill Aspens bnm9890jhp 
 Autumn Aspens golden Craigton Hill Kincardine O’Neil Deeside Scotland trees fields on a small hill west of Aberdeen in North East Scotland. The hill lies between Kincardine O’Neil and Torphins, a pleasant cross-country route with wonderful views of Deeside from Clachnaben, Lochnagar and Morven. It used to be possible to see Craigendarroch and the Pass of Ballater but a small forest plantation has blocked that view. We are looking northwards past the aspens over Stranduff towards the area of Mar. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Aberdeenshire, Royal, Deeside, Upper, Craigton, hill, Kincardine O Neil, Torphins, road, landscape, autumn, winter, aspens, colours, afternoon, light, trees, countryside, rural, nature, golden, yellow, brown, November, 2017, Nikon, D700, DSLR, digital, camera
Banchory Autumn bnm9917jhp 
 Banchory South Deeside road beech trees autumn colours Inverey fishing gate Kincardineshire is located near the Feugh bridge with its famous salmon leaping falls before you cross over the River Dee into Banchory coming from the south east. This is the largest Deeside town on the River Dee and is some 18 miles west of Aberdeen in North East Scotland. It has always been a main visitor centre either for day trippers from Aberdeen or the usual flow of coaches and other visitors heading from Aberdeen westwards to Braemar and from there south to Perth or north to Inverness. It is also offers a very scenic route southwards over the Cairn O’Mount to Mearns. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Kincardineshire, Banchory, River, Dee, Royal, Deeside, landscape, south, road, beech, trees, autumn, colours, golden, brown, yellow, Feugh, bridge, falls, salmon, leaping, Blackhall, gates, granite, architecture, trees, Inverey, fishing, beat, entrance, Beechwood, sunshine, grass, green, leaves, foliage, 2017, November, Nikon, D700, DSLR, digital, camera
Dinnet Heather bnm9353jhp 
 Muir Dinnet moor purple heather summer eastwards Kinord forest Deeside Aberdeenshire Scotland birches is passed after Loch Kinord on the North Deeside Road from Aberdeen westwards to Braemar after the town of Aboyne and before reaching Ballater. This area offers a colourful carpet in late summer and early autumn and one of the attractive features for visitors travelling westwards along the North Deeside Road to Braemar. Off to the right of this viewpoint is Morven Hill and below it a popular visitor attraction at the Burn O’Vat accessed by the Huntly road a few hundred yards on the right. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Aberdeenshire, Grampian, Dinnet, Muir, Aboyne, Ballater, Cambus O’May, road, North, Deeside, Royal, westwards, Morven, Pannanich, hill, moor, moorland, heather, calluna, vulgaris, red, purple, heath, family, ling, white, grouse, food, flowering, hills, summer, silver, birch, trees, forest, landscape, 2017, August, DSLR, D700, Nikon, camera, lens, digital
Dinnet Heather bnm9352jhp 
 Muir Dinnet moor purple heather summer Pannnich Hilll Deeside Aberdeenshire Scotland birches is passed after Loch Kinord on the North Deeside Road from Aberdeen westwards to Braemar after the town of Aboyne and before reaching Ballater. This area offers a colourful carpet in late summer and early autumn and one of the attractive features for visitors travelling westwards along the North Deeside Road to Braemar. Off to the right of this viewpoint is Morven Hill and below it a popular visitor attraction at the Burn O’Vat accessed by the Huntly road a few hundred yards on the right. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Aberdeenshire, Grampian, Dinnet, Muir, Aboyne, Ballater, Cambus O’May, road, North, Deeside, Royal, westwards, Morven, Pannanich, hill, moor, moorland, heather, calluna, vulgaris, red, purple, heath, family, ling, white, grouse, food, flowering, hills, summer, silver, birch, trees, forest, landscape, upright, 2017, August, DSLR, D700, Nikon, camera, lens, digital
Dinnet Heather bnm9351jhp 
 Muir Dinnet moor purple heather summer colourful Royal Deeside Aberdeenshire Scotland birches is passed after Loch Kinord on the North Deeside Road from Aberdeen westwards to Braemar after the town of Aboyne and before reaching Ballater. This area offers a colourful carpet in late summer and early autumn and one of the attractive features for visitors travelling westwards along the North Deeside Road to Braemar. Off to the right of this viewpoint is Morven Hill and below it a popular visitor attraction at the Burn O’Vat accessed by the Huntly road a few hundred yards on the right. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Aberdeenshire, Grampian, Dinnet, Muir, Aboyne, Ballater, Cambus O’May, road, North, Deeside, Royal, westwards, Morven, Pannanich, hill, moor, moorland, heather, calluna, vulgaris, red, purple, heath, family, ling, white, grouse, food, flowering, hills, summer, silver, birch, trees, forest, landscape, 2017, August, DSLR, D700, Nikon, camera, lens, digital
Small Tortoiseshell bnm9177jhp 
 Butterfly small tortoiseshell colourful rear view blue chevrons buddleia feeding Scotland August summer photograph as they feed and fly eratically between different buddleia bushes and they hardly settle and are moving all the time so awkward to photograph. So far I have counted only a pair of them on my several buddleaias and these are the second brood of the year as the first appear much earlier in the summer. Numbers overall are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Aglais urticae, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, bars, small, tortoiseshell, blue, half-moons, wings, caterpillars, nettles, web, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Small Tortoiseshell bnm9172jhp 
 Butterfly small tortoiseshell purple buddleia feeding Aberdeenshire Scottish August summer photograph as they feed and fly eratically between different buddleia bushes and they hardly settle and are moving all the time so awkward to photograph. So far I have counted only a pair of them on my several buddleaias and these are the second brood of the year as the first appear much earlier in the summer. Numbers overall are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Aglais urticae, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, bars, small, tortoiseshell, blue, half-moons, wings, caterpillars, stinging, nettles, web, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Peacock Side bnm9145jhp 
 Butterfly peacock folded wings underneath dark buddleia feeding Deeside Scotland summer photograph as it feeds between different buddleia bushes vists. Its folded wings showing a rather dull, dark and uninteresting underneath. Numbers of butterflies overall are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Inachis io, defence, pattern, wings, folded, underneath, dark, red, black, white, patches, peacock, eyes, spectacles, scary, caterpillars, nettles, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Small Tortoiseshell bnm9101jhp 
 Butterfly small tortoiseshell buddleia wing pattern blue halfmoon Aberdeenshire Scotland late summer photograph as the second batch feed and fly between different buddleia bushes. Numbers are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Aglais urticae, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, bars, small, tortoiseshell, blue, half-moons, wings, caterpillars, nettles, web, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Small Tortoiseshell bnm9100jhp 
 Butterfly small tortoiseshell buddleia feeding Aberdeenshire Scotland late summer photograph as the second batch feed and fly between different buddleia bushes. Numbers are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Aglais urticae, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, bars, small, tortoiseshell, blue, half-moons, wings, caterpillars, nettles, web, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Small Tortoiseshell bnm9099jhp 
 Butterfly small tortoiseshell rear view buddleia feeding Deeside Scotland summer photograph as they feed and fly between different buddleia bushes. Numbers are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, aristocrats, Aglais urticae, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, bars, small, tortoiseshell, blue, half-moons, wings, caterpillars, nettles, web, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor
Red Admiral bnm9113jhp 
 Butterfly red admiral worn scratches buddleia feeding Deeside Scottish summer photograph as they feed and fly between different buddleia bushes showing early signs that the summer's activities are taking their toll. Numbers are better this year, 2017, although still down on 20 years ago when 100plus was not unusual. So far this year I have counted over 50 at one time, mainly Peacocks and Red Admirals with a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and one Dark Green Fritillary but some good sunny spells seems to have got them active. One surprise was to find a Golden Ringed Dragonfly hanging from a buddleia early in the morning, no movement of any kind while I photographed it but it had gone 10 mins later when I came out again. 
 Keywords: Scotland, Scottish, Britain, Grampian, Aberdeenshire, Deeside, countryside, rural, wildlife, landscape, summer, sunny, butterfly, butterflies, two, aristocrats, defence, pattern, wings, red, black, white, patches, admiral, admirable, vanessa, atalanta, caterpillars, nettles, buddleia, bright, colours, colourful, purple, mauve, orange, August, 2017, Nikon, DSLR, D700, camera, 28-105mm macro lens, AF Nikkor

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