Gail asked why I was in such a rush to get back to the car, after our walk up a delightful wooded valley near Ballater this morning.
Well of course - and I'm surprised she didn't figure this out for herself - we absolutely had to share with our Nature Friday friends the loveliness of the birch trees in the winter sunshine.
When we reached the head of the valley, I was still acting so bright and bouncy that Gail suggested we continue onwards and make a circuit back round on a higher level track. But I noticed that the skies were clouding over, and I also reminded Gail that her proposed route was a lot longer and she should not be pushing herself and catching another cold.
So it was back down through the birch trees again...
...and a final sprint to the car.
Happy Nature Friday folks! And thanks once again to Arty, Jakey and Rosy for hosting this great blog hop.