So here we are on the Coulin Estate in Torridon, all set for our Friday nature ramble.
The route ascends steadily but fortunately not too steeply (Gail's hill-climbing muscles are, frankly, a bit out of practice), and after a while we emerge from the forest into open heath.
You can see the white bobbles of bog cotton in the picture below, but the myriad of little moorland flowers in bloom just now - tormentil, bog asphodel, heath bedstraw, milkwort, to name just the most abundant - do not show up well in today's pictures.
In another mile or so we reach today's destination, the shallow natural amphitheatre of the Coire an Leth -Uillt, where the path peters out and I pause to pose nicely.
You will have deduced that the route is just a tad boggy in parts.
It is 17 - 19ºC, a warm day by local standards, and as we descend I make a wee side trip and treat myself to a luxurious cooling spa bath, emerging all fresh and clean...
We continue down the main path. Did I mention that it is boggy in parts?
For some reason, Gail and I are not invited in for drinks at the estate house near the end of the walk...
Happy Nature Friday friends!