Beautiful gnarly old tree

Boxing Day walk 2017 tree

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On Boxing Day I organised a mountain walk to Shepherd’s Hill in the Cairngorms, an easy ascent to a 810m summit. We were a group of 20 people, community members, foundation staff and guests. On returning to our cars through the Ryvoan Pass we took the side path through the ancient forest. I lagged behind, neglecting my position of leader of the group which should be up front, taking pictures of the many beautiful snow-covered ancient trees. It paid off: I found the time to take this picture of a gnarling old tree.




We were leading a New Year’s Retreat at Traigh Bhan, Iona. During a ramble to the South of the island, Hugo met those extremely shy sheep, which seem to be convinced that every human they meet intends to kill them!