Summer’s Wind Down Begins

22 Aug

The signs are there.  Summer is beginning to wind down towards Autumn.


In the Fatdog’s favourite haunt, Plean Country Park, we’ve watched the changing seasons for a few years now as the landscape changes from the thick green clutter of summer to the bare open spaces of winter.  This is the first of a series of mainly photo posts which will hopefully bring our ordinary doggy walks to life.  Once the site of a small mansion…and a colliery…the park boasts a varied range of habitats including old deciduous woodland and the more recent planting of native pine and birch, the latter covering what were once the spoil heaps from the colliery.

From time to time FD and I will bring you an update of the changing face of the park throughout the seasons using photographs both current and taken over the past couple of years.


Last Sunday was hot and sunny; a day of lawns and barbeques…and a stroll in the sunshine for myself and FD.  The big camera was stuffed into its bag and we headed off to the country park to capture the unaccustomed feel of hot mid August in Scotland.

In the fields the grain was almost ripe and in the hedgerows the brambles were busy changing colour.  A host of colouful Peacock Butterflies swarmed around a particular purple topped plant and on our first fungi hunt of the season (a bit of a pathetic obsession I concede) we found this one poking up below an ancient, as I recall beech (?),  tree.



The Fatdog doesn’t actually chase after the ball…she sort of carries it about…drops it…then waits for me to toss it back to her :roll:.


These white capped plants were covered with hoverflies..


Peacock Butterflies.



The Fatdog doing what The Fatdog likes to do best…pottering about in water.  The strong sunlight filtered though old broadleaf deciduous trees creating a weird light down at the burn.


Posted by on August 22, 2010 in Plean Country Park


2 responses to “Summer’s Wind Down Begins

  1. Andrew

    September 1, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Wonderful photos Ken.
    Definitley didn’t feel like summer in Glen Affric at the weekend.
    I really enjoy the change of seasons though.

  2. fatdogwalks

    September 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Shame about that Andrew 😦 it’s been a problem for everbody this year…just hitting the hills at the right time. We were lucky yesterday in that I took the day off and we went to Arran…in the sunshine 😀 . Don’t it make you sick? 😆 😉


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