JANES PHOTO BLOG
Photo’s of Grantown-on-Spey and the surrounding area taken by Jane.
Hello, my name is Jane Hope. I am currently a board member of Grantown Initiative and Treasurer of Grantown Museum. Having retired from the Cairngorms National Park Authority in recent years, I now roam freely with my camera, taking pictures of the events, the landscapes, and wildlife that grace this National Park throughout the year. I will be sharing these picures on a monthly basis, and perhaps more often, depending on what catches my eye as I go out and about.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so the idea of this blog is simply to illustrate life in the Cairngorms National Park, particularly around Grantown-on-Spey.
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Despite an unseasonable fall of show,
the daffs in the square remind us that
Spring has sprung.
Along with the swallows, the Willow
warblers have arrived, singing their hearts
out from every available tree top. Like the
swallows they journey all the way from South Africa.
.This view towards the Cairngorms from
just south of Grantown warms my heart
every year, heralding the arrival of spring.
And these characters warm my heart
as well. Surprisingly difficult to get them
to pose, but these two were enjoying the
sunshine so much they weren’t bothered
Winter comes at last
A covering of snow in and around
Grantown turns Ben Rinnes a delicate
pink in the evening February sun.
Red squirrels do not hibernate contrary
to popular opinion, and are easy to see
in the snow as they forage for food. They
are particularly fond of hazlenuts!
Happy New Year !
Grantown-on-Spey welcomes in
Another splendid firework display at
The Bells. Congratulations to all
the volunteers who made it happen.
Merry Christmas from Grantown-on-Spey
The festive lights in the Square at
this time of year really lift the spirits.
A big thank you to all the volunteers
who put up the festive lights each year.
11 November 2018, 100 years on from
the Armistice, the people of
Poppies, kintted as an act of
remembrance, glow in the
Younger generations contemplate:
“all gave some,
some gave all,
least we forget”.
I have taken all the colour ouf of this photo
except the red, so the poppies stand in poignant
contrast to the sombre grey.
Grantown in Autumn
It is difficult to do justice to the autumn
colours which this year seem better than
ever; even on a dull wet day the beech
trees glow on the road into town.
The last of the autumn sunlight
in Anagach Woods, first week of
LeJog Comes to Grantown
Two of around 800 cyclists on a charity
ride from Lands End to John O’Groats which
came through Grantown on Saturday
A colourful scene as the heather-clad
Cromdale Hills provide the backdrop
to the pit stop by around 800 cyclists.
Highland cows seem to be everyone’s
favourite. These two characters were
spotted just outside Grantown on the
back road to Coylumbridge.
Three lambs from this year’s crop,
gambolling near the road to Nethy Bridge.
Grantown Highland Games
Grantown Highland Games take place
each year at the end of August and is
part of the of Scottish Highland Games
Association’s calendar of events.
Grantown Highland Games
These traditional games feature Light and
Heavy Field events, Highland dancing, Piping,
Running and Cycling which involve the usual stuff.