Loch Maree, Scotland

It’s been one of those kind of weeks at work, so apologies for too few entries. On the other hand, a nod of appreciation to boobook48@Flickr (aka Lorraine Phelan) for sharing this photograph of a serene scene from Loch Maree, Scotland. Thank you!

Wikipedia provides a well-rounded look at the historical and biological importance of Loch Maree, so that’s worth a read.

Broadly distributed through much of Eurasia, the Scots pines of Loch Maree represent, I suppose, the northwestern present extent of the species, though there are a few populations further west in Portugal and Spain, and it is found further north throughout Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. It also previously occurred naturally in Ireland, but was extirpated there. The Loch Maree population is special; to directly quote The Gymnosperm Database entry for Pinus sylvestris: “Trees from the extreme west of the range, in NW Scotland (Loch Maree area, Wester Ross)…show resin chemistry and adaptations to oceanic climates not found in the rest of the species’ range. These trees are thought to have survived the ice ages on nunataks off NW Ireland and/or W Scotland, or are possibly derived from Spanish populations (Forrest 1980, 1982; Kinloch et al. 1986); as yet there has been no research as to whether this small endangered population deserves taxonomic recognition.”

Loch Maree, Scotland

15 responses to “Loch Maree, Scotland”

  1. Janeal Thompson

    Lovely photo, I want to go there someday.
    Janeal Thompson
    Lamar, CO

  2. Diana Ferguson

    Yes – definitely calling out to go there. Beautiful, and thank you for this post

  3. Elissa

    Beautiful photograph. The stillness is much appreciated.

  4. Megan

    Wow, those are beautiful trees! Such a contrast to the scrubby trees that result when Scots pine is planted here in the US.

  5. Tiiu

    The arrangement of light and dark areas in this photo lends itself particularly well to rotating a laptop screen to vary color intensity and saturation levels. Almost like watching a time lapse video of an entire day from dawn to dusk. Lovely to view and interesting to learn about adaptations to the local conditions.

  6. Peony Fan

    Lovely photograph, thank you. Scotch pines do well here in MN and I have seen many wonderful trees with flaking orange bark.

  7. Bill Barnes

    Pinus sylvestris is truly circumpolar and ours on both sides of both oceans towards the North Pole. Some taxonomists consider P. sylvestris and P. densiflora to be so closely related as to be different versions of the same thing. The jury is still out on that . We should recognize that Pinus sylvestris do much better culturally when there are cool night temperatures, which is why they look so much better in the more northern climates . There are southern ecotypes however and they show clear distinctions compared to the northern forms. A unique race occurs in Mongolia with needles that turn yellow come fall and winter. Much like the discussion a few weeks back about Abies lasiocarpa , the extremes of a population could result in eventual divergence into separate species.

  8. Jane Levy Campbell

    It looks like a perfect place to settle in with my paints. The perfect combination of beautiful land forms, water, sky ( reflected in this case) and botanical elements.

  9. Barbara Lamb

    At first glance I thought this was an oil painting! A lovely place to sit and gaze.

  10. Lisa Gillespie

    There’s a lovely meditative quality to this photo. Calming.

  11. Steve Edler

    Scene of the famous duck paste tragedy of 1926 or was it 1923?

  12. phillip

    ..don’t forget to click on the picture to be able to go full page..

  13. elizabeth a airhart

    just simply lovely
    daniel astronomy a day web site today’s photo
    was taken at hidden lake territorial park
    near yellow knife northwest territories canada
    the lights are green and trees in dakness tall fine what kind of tree
    a fine companion to your photo today – taken one month ago
    bonjour

  14. liz taylor

    A very beautiful picture. Was just in Scotland and appreciated the efforts being made to reforest Scotland since we didn’t visit very many locations where this view is possible. It is the International Year of Forests and the Forestry Commission had organized many special events. Also, the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh has an International Conifer Conservation Programme. Given how many threatened and endangered conifer species there are, it was heartening to know of its existence.
    http://www.rbge.org.uk/science/genetics-and-conservation/international-conifer-conservation-programme
    We very much enjoyed our sojourn there, but do bring your warm clothes and raincoats, even if you plan to visit Scotland in the summer!

  15. Linda Runnacles

    Ah, lovely Loch Maree, I think it is the most beautiful of all the lochs in Scotland. Fantastic sighting of red deer on crags above, dominant male roaring to see off other males from his harem. BUT, prospective visitors to Scotland in the summer months, be warned of the Scottish Midge, a tiny biting insect which you can barely see but has fangs like Dracula. Take lots of repellent and a hat with netting to protect your face.

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