Thursday, September 24, 2009

Water, water everywhere, Clatteringshaws 15th August 2009

After very heavy overnight rain we decided it was a good time to go looking for waterfalls.

Our first stop was The Grey Mares Tail near Murrays monument and the Wild Goat Park on the Queens Way. The water was so powerfull and there was so much spray I only managed this quick shot beside the waterfall.
We retreated to a safer distance for more shots.

Mike fully kitted out for the photoshoot

Our next stop was a very stormy looking Clatteringshaws Loch for a picnic lunch. We then headed off up the minor road beside the dam, after some time and when the road turned to track we parked and set off for our walk.

Our first siting-a Scotch Argus, there were also a lot of dragonflies too but they werent settling so didnt manage a shot.

There was a lot of water about!

Every little burn had turned into a raging torrent...

...but all were very beautiful

A painted Lady warming up

Pyrausta purpuralis

McWhanns Stone

Curnelloch Burn

As we turned to head back we noticed a magical forest, a fairyland full of red toadstools!

View towards the hills
Forest track

Black Water of Dee

Back in the car now by Clatteringshaws, the weather now much brighter we stopped to take a few shots

Gate beside the Loch

The minor road beside the loch

7 Stanes Cycle Route sign beside Clatteringshaws... detail

Rosebay Willow Herb and heather near the dam

Clatteringshaws Dam
View along the top...
...and the railings stopping you getting on it

The other side of the dam

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