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

8 thoughts on “Runaway Photo: 50 Shades of Green”

  1. 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!

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