Runaway Photo: 50 Shades of Green

Scottish Highlands

 

Scotland’s 50 Shades of Green

As I’ve always imagined, Scotland is covered in green. It didn’t disappoint me. Different from Bhutan’s fresh and sunny green, Scotland’s was more complex and wet. Scotland has officially registered 977 kinds of mosses and liverworts that have been living there since before the dinosaurs. Because of the land’s diverse climate and landscape, Scotland is one of the most interesting places for their biodiversity. Mosses and liverworts are tiny but significant. Despite their small size, they play an important role in the health and function of our environment. Over the centuries, remains of these mosses have been an important source of fuel for Highland communities. Even more importantly, scientists discovered that the mosses could soak up a huge amount of the carbon that causes climate change.

Scotland’s forest would be an excellent hiking and camping spot because of its luxuriant cushions. It would be like sleeping on a comfortable bed. Not just that, these mosses and liverworts act as a sponge that slows the flow of rain into the rivers. They also create a distinct sweet and peppery perfume. That’s why the Scottish Highlands forests made a memorable impression.

I captured (almost) 50 shades of green in the Highlands during my few days there. It’s amazing how many colors can be seen in one photo.

 

Diverse colors of Scottish Forest

Diverse colors of Scottish Forest

Moss on the stone wall

Moss on the stone wall

Different moses on the stone walls

Different moses on the stone walls – lichen is common 

Houses in the Highlands

Houses in the Highlands

Mosses and small branches on the stone wall

Mosses and small branches on the stone wall

Branches and cushiony grass

Branches and cushiony grass

Mosses on the tree

Mosses on the tree

Rainbow over the Highlands

Rainbow over the Highlands

Mosses on the tree

Mosses on the tree

Vines covered the tree

Vines covered the tree

Country road in the Highlands

Country road in the Highlands

Furry tree branches

Furry tree branches

Highland landscape

Highland landscape

Fresh green plants

Fresh green plants

Scottish Highlands with many different colors

Scottish Highlands with many different colors

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6 Responses to “Runaway Photo: 50 Shades of Green”

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  1. Gorgeous photos.. I love looking at them with an eye on shade.

  2. Heather says:

    Not the warmest place in the world right now, but it as tonnes of character! Love the photo with the rolling farmland and the rainbow over it!

  3. Oh the colors of the earth. So damn beautiful.

  4. I could see how wet Scotland is … but it soo beautiful!!

    Love your photos! :-)

  5. Jeff says:

    Fantastic photos Juno! You have really captured the colors of the landscape. Love the purple and pink mosses.

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