lochranza’s wildlife, geology and bogs

first, the wildlife…

deer a deer, completely unafraid of us lot. saw this and the next specimen walking along the coast from the lochranza field station.
jellyfish weird jelly fish. i think they are isles of the deep.

caterpillar a baby butterfly. saw this at the end of our 4 hour hike over a boggy hill. photos from that in a bit. chris, if you know what it is, leave a comment for me! (ditto for other stuff of course;)

stags some stags by some people and caravans, pre-fight. suzanne has some actual fight photos…

near the field site

me me me we walked along the coast from the field site yeaterday. i was longing to get on one of the yachts !

chair of rock at last, an armchair! in the rock though, so not so comfy. we ate arran ice cream there, by the ferry terminal at lochranza. sitting with me is chris stopford, who is from mersey island and knows becky cornthwaite (for those of you who went to school with me)!
bethan and simon and look who we found in the pub!i texted bethan as we were driving to lochranza yesterday, and she was waiting for the ferry to get here! to find out about their land’s end to john o’groats trip, see www.teammiracle.co.uk.

bog hiking

valley today we went on a 4ish hour hike up a hill. it was great going up, fair weather and dry rocky paths. this photo was the climax of the trek as it was quite spectacular. the photo doesn’t do it justice as it was rather dull and cloudy at this point. after this, on the way “down” (it involved lots of undulation) it rapidly turned into a bog and the camera went away until absolutely necessary, for fear of slipping over and drowning it.

stream this was near the end where it was less boggy so i took my camera out again . the worst i had was putting my leg into the groud and it sunk nearly to the knee. but suzanne won by falling flat on her back! and i think some others got thigh deep in bog. i have never experienced anything like it, and wouldn’t mind if i never did again i think! on the other hand, the hike was great aside from the bog-ness. there were really nice tiny flowers and plants. apparently some trees grow there that are only found on arran. but we were in such a hurry(needed to be back by 6pm-we were late in the end) that i didn’t have time to stop at take pictures. :-(
well, i’m up at 6.20 tomorrow morning to launch a radiosonde so i’ll be hitting the bunk bed soon. bye!

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