The Sap is Rising
6th April 2019
Feels like spring is in full flow in the glens – some bird summer visitors are back and the buds are breaking on the Birch. But still feeling cold on the summits today in the fresh to strong East wind. The snow continues to thaw and consolidate at all levels and is generally diminishing throughout.
There is a copper tinge to some open areas in the glen as the Bog Myrtle flowers (catkins).
Patchy rain and hill fog this morning on Liathach. Cloud base around 750m and most snow exists above this level.
Cloud hugging the top of Creag Dhubh at the east end of Beinn Eighe – the location for today’s snowpack observations.
Depleted snowpack with significant bare areas on the east ridge of Creag Dhubh.
This Lichen becomes more obvious in damp conditions as the purple colour is enhanced. Usually associated with quartzite rock as in this photo. Someone out there will know the name of the Lichen?
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