Friday, 28 August 2020

Climate matters at Loch Kinord and beyond

You know somewhere's well worth a visit when, even on a dull day, it looks lovely. 

(Fortunately, the Scottish weather provides ample opportunity to test this theory...)

What with one thing and another, it's been six months since we last visited Loch Kinord. In February, there was snow, and now in August, the heather under the pine and birch trees is in full bloom, but the water lilies have sadly been and gone. The water still tastes good. 

The loch sits within the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, and some new information boards have appeared. Of course Gail and I already knew that the humpy and sinuous ridge bounding the northern edge of the loch is an 'esker', formed by rivers under glaciers in the last Ice Age.

Even in August, it takes no great stretch of the imagination to picture Aberdeenshire covered in glaciers. Harder perhaps, to take in the fact that earlier this summer in the Siberian Arctic town of Verkhoyansk, a temperature of over 100ºF was recorded, the result of warming due to human activity on top of the natural variations in climate that take place through the ages. 

Friends, we need to take climate change seriously. 

Happy Nature Friday! Do go and visit the other posts in Rosy, Arty, Jakey and Sunny's always enlightening blog hop. 


  1. your loch was even in our TV... it must be very famous... and we watched the whole documentary, it was so super interesting to learn more about your fab land

  2. Bertie, you are such a lucky boy with so many lovely places to visit!
    That's interesting about 'esker' - my human says she last read that word when she did her Geography A Level GCE - and wouldn't like to admit how long ago that was! It's not a word that crops up in daily usage - and certainly not in sunny Spain.

    Inca xx

  3. Hari OM
    A worthwhile call-out, Bertie lad... I thing that whole adaptation thing that we hyoomons have going on means that we simply don't fully embrace the need for the radical changes required... the message of the difference our behaviour can make by the improvements in environment during lockdown seem already to have passed by... Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Hidey Ho Bertie my most handsome WFT..yep even w/o the sun your beautiful vistas are jawdropping gawgeous...of course enhanced by your poses.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely country with us.

    Side note:
    Kathy lives in Boyton Beach, Florida she is the busy mom of 4 children. For many yeas B.C. (before children) she and Marlu would speak on the phone between their bdays.
    Hugs Cecilia

  5. You have the most beautiful places to walk, Bertie! We love all of your beautiful heather!

  6. That sure looks like a fun and interesting place to visit. Thanks for telling us about the natural history of that area.

  7. That's beautiful and interesting. Fabulous walk.

  8. Such a beautiful place for you to go walking,Bertie!!! We didn't know the word esker, so you also taught us something:)

    Have a great weekend.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  9. What a beautiful hike again today Bertie. We have a few spots around here that look beautiful, even on drizzly days!

  10. No matter now much the world changes it is good to look out on the water because it, and the land surrounding it, always looks the same.

  11. Looks beautiful. Lady wishes we could all come together to take on climate change. If we did, healthier planet friendly alternatives would be more affordable . . .

  12. Oh how beautifuls Bertie!!!! Sorry you missed the water lilies, butts glads you got to taste some of that delish water! BOL!
    I sure hopes peeps start takin' the global warmin' seriously, or there will be little ice left! YIKES! where will I gets any for my margaritas??! wake up peeps!!!
    Ruby ♥

  13. Why we are hearing because of Covid our planet is getting a nice rest from emissions with no one going to work and that the canals of Venice are looking so clean and we have stopped planet pollution. Why we only burn clean coal now. And if we just turned off those windmills all the cancer would stop. Yep our president who has a big brain and understands these things has spoken. And now if your believe that I have something really special to sell you a ticket on the luxury ship the Titanic.
    Sweet William The Scot

  14. You take such beautiful and interesting walks, we are very envious of your adventures!

    Kiki and Rosie