Ach, it’s no good – I’ve tried to resist doing this because it’s so cheesy, but what the hell: I really, really love the Moray Firth and need somewhere to keep my photos of my favourite views. I’ll keep it as a separate page so you can ignore the gubbins I post to it. Or alternatively, you can ignore my rantings and just look at the posts on this page!
January is a busy month, with the Burning of the Clavie on 11th Jan in Burghead to celebrate the old New Year. As you’d expect in the far north of Scotland, it can be cold. But snow is quite rare this close to the sea.
In February the landscape can look grey and bleak until you look more carefully. There are starfish in rockpools and dogwood blossom brightening up seaside gardens.
April is probably my favourite month, and it’s hard to pick my single favourite view along the Moray Firth for this month. With all the gorse blooming, naturalised daffodils everywhere you look, baby lambs and unexpected cherry tree blossom, it’s a beautiful world. Still, I decided to go for the Kinloss Road, near Kinloss Primary School. It’s just a simple line of mixed trees, of different maturities, in different shades of green, white, pink and red. I chose it as this month’s favourite because I found myself looking forward to the cherry and apple blossom coming out and transforming the very grey, boring road into something that’s a real feast for my eyes. A single photo can’t capture it: a 10 minute stroll, watching all the different trees unexpectedly ‘pop-out’ from behind older, larger trees is very worthwhile.
May is a wonderful month along Moray – the whole world seems to be bursting into flower and vigorous life. The lilac and rhododendrons are out along every roadside, replacing the fading cherry blossom. The gorse is just staggering in its heady fragrance right now, but alas scent isn’t something I can photograph and let you experience via the internet! And photos of gorse landscape barely do it justice. Again, it’s a hard one this month, but I decided to go with bluebell woods. I’ve been looking forward to walking in Elgin Oak Wood in May for a few months, now. Today is 30 April, we went there for a walk, and the bluebells (and wood sorrel, wood anemones and violets) are blooming beautifully.