Winter begins

Ptarmigan in early winterWinter has arrived on Scotland’s hills. A ptarmigan high in the Cairngorms this week.

In the November coldA mountain hare in strong winds and wet snowfall. At higher altitudes some of the hares are now in full winter coat.

Between squalls in the Findhorn ValleyThe old ruined cottage at Coignafearn in-between heavy showers of wet snow.

Caledonian pine forest at dawnRothiemurchus Forest at dawn.

Snowfall in the Findhorn ValleyHeavy snowfall in the Findhorn Valley.

A November dolphin at Kessock‘Kesslet’ just off Inverness harbour on a very cold morning. Although spotted far less frequently at this time of year, the dolphins are still finding some late salmon to hunt.

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