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Tuesday dawned sunny and bright, and so it continued until mid-morning. (But that was it for the week.)  Today was spent going up and down Glen Cannich and Glen Affric.

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Four spotted chaser dragonfly

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Bog bean

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Bog cotton

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Spotted heath orchid

The sun abandoned us at this point.

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Common sandpiper

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We saw enormous numbers of red deer today, sometimes in huge herds.

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Stonechat

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Oystercatcher

Lunch was spent in a howling and rainy gale, (and in my case inside our vehicle!) so I couldn’t get any decent shots of the dam where we had it. Fortunately the wind and rain dropped at about the time we were to set off again. On the way to Plodda Falls we saw this curiosity, a tribute to the man who ‘invented’ the golden retriever.

P1230152001The Falls were not for those with vertigo!

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Just to be clear, we are looking down from the platform at this point

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Then we walked about halfway down,  and I took this…

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… and this.

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But I wanted to take the lot, so I set my camera to panoramic.  But it will only do vertical or horizontal, so I had to twist my head and take a skewed vertical picture, if you see what I mean.

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On the way back to Aigas House, we called in on Aigas Quarry, hoping to see a peregrine falcon’s nest.  We didn’t, but I was able to enjoy the geology and some more wild flowers.  The stone is micaceous schist, and was used for building one of the many hydro-electricity dams along the glen. (Did you know that a glen is a valley formed by river action and a strath is a valley formed by glacier action?  I didn’t either.  Glen Strathfarrar clearly has a problem with its identity!)

P1230204001P1230206001P1230207001Someone came across this tiny frog, barely an inch (2.5 cm) long.

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(It will be a couple of days or so before the remaining two posts in this series appear.)