Saturday, 30 September 2017

Autumn Sunshine by the Loch

We had a lovely trip to Dr Neil's Garden today. It was the first time we had visited this year! It's a lovely garden hidden away beyond the church garden in Duddingston Village. To get there you first go through the church garden, which has lovely views over Duddingston Loch across to Bawsinch Nature Reserve.

We then walked into Dr Neil's Garden, which is a lovely place, full of trees like this weeping willow

 and with great views of Duddingston Loch
 and Arthur's Seat
 There are quite a few birds on this part of the loch
including several little grebes (dabchicks)

There were some wasps and bees around, including this sleepy looking queen bumblebee

Yew trees have traditionally been planted in churchyards to ward off evil spirits and they look lovely at this time of the year (but remember, they're poisonous!).

After lunch in Duddingston Village, we walked along the road between the loch and Arthur's Seat back into town. We were absolutely delighted to see this otter,who swam around hunting for a while

and it was nice to see that the mute swan family had successfully raised four cygnets

The clouds started to roll in as we walked past Arthur's Seat

and it was raining by the time we got home!


Little Miss Titch said...

such a beautiful area,xx Rachel and Speedy

eileeninmd said...

Hello, pretty sky captures. Nice bird sightings, love the swans. Happy weekend to you!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a beautiful day.
I enjoyed seeing the Autumn sunshine in your photo's and the lovely animals and scenes.

All the best Jan

Marcie said...

Looks like a lovely walk. Love the otter! So glad the rain held off until the end!

Janneke said...

A lovely walk as I can see on the photos, but I'm amazed by the otter, such an experience to see one swimming.

Jamie Purves said...

Otters in Duddingston Loch! A walk doesn't get much better than that! All hail to lovely Duddingston and the Dr Neils legacy!

Birgitta said...

Very nice photo series!