Thursday, September 19, 2019

Micro bog at the cove

©2019 Barry Smith - Red leaves-flowers about 6mm across - and just stacks of micro plants around them
Whilst Fiona and I knew that the highlands blanket bog touches or maybe includes Armadale where our cottage is were were very excited this morning to discover this very alive little bog near the fishing huts at the cove which is at the end of the village. Most often our eyes are taken by the sea, the hills, the sky, the grasses and the wild flowers.

But this morning we went around the back of the fishing huts to check out a couple of rusty anchors and on the way discovered a little but very much alive bog - such amazing diversity of wee plants in about 50 square meters.

©2019 Barry Smith - Small patch of bog
A few photos of a just a fraction of the wee bog plants follow.

©2019 Barry Smith - Almost white heather
©2019 Barry Smith - A blaze of red amidst the greens
©2019 Barry Smith - Bit out of focus but just saturated and full of life
©2019 Barry Smith - Very healthy moss
©2019 Barry Smith - a star of a plant - wonder what flower will emerge 
©2019 Barry Smith - Fragile lichen
©2019 Barry Smith - Masses of plants living in harmony
©2019 Barry Smith - Love these little grape like heather flowers
©2019 Barry Smith - Unfurling
©2019 Barry Smith - still in the bud
Incredible what nature offers in such a small space - all the more reason to respect it and preserve it.


  1. These tiny plants are so interesting. So many wonders on your doorstep.

  2. MC n P - belated response I know. It was only on this trip that we became truely aware of the blanket bog of the Highlands and it’s importance. This did encourage us to look more closely at our neighbourhood and of course we were surrounded by the diversity - even though we are on the edge of the blanket. Peace. B


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