The drama of our February weather has given way to dreary grey skies so far this month.
Despite the gloom, on Wednesday afternoon Gail took me for a walk in Kirkhill Forest, near Aberdeen Airport.
I paused to pose amid the ferns and mosses, although even these have lost their usual vibrant green just now.
We pressed on up Tyrebagger Hill to the little stone tower...
... where Gail climbed up to the viewing platform, but I resolutely refused to join her.
I had better things to do.
Gail claimed there was a "splendid view" from up the top, and resurrected one of Human Grandad's favourite phrases. "Bertie, I can even see a few patches of brightness in the distance".
Can you see brightness? No, me neither. Even after our best endeavours twiddling the image manipulation knobs on Gail's smart phone later hardly made for a convincing case.
Happy Nature Friday friends! I hope you've been enjoying a little bit of brightness in your part of the planet this week.