It was very cold today along the John Muir Walkway near Musselburgh. That didn't however stop the skylarks from singing, such a wonderful song and a real promise that Spring is not far off now!
The sky was beautifully blue and the distant Pentland Hills covered in snow, here they are seen from the Musselburgh Boating Pond
velvet scoters and a long tailed duck) but it is also home to mosses and lichens. I'm just starting to learn to identify some lichens and mosses to species level (so please correct me if you know I'm wrong!) but Caloplaca flavascens is one of my favourite lichens just because of its amazing colour.