Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Fed up with snow!

I've been having a couple of conversations with my cousin, Rachel, over the past month, concerning the joys of snow. I remember when I used to love it. It was Chrsitmas-y, fun to play out in (until you got numb and damp and had to find somewhere to warm up), and there was a chance of cancelled classes.

What do you do when the weather is grey and cold?
Now? Now I see slippy pavements, traffic chaos, salt stains on ruining my boots, and a future consisting of brown slush. So after a week of persistent white stuff I've been needing a break, a touch of summer. Lacking the funds and free time for a getaway, I opted for an hour in Glasgow botanic gardens; I feel much better now!

I have always loved ferns since I studied them as an undergraduate, I think they are possibly one of the most under-rated plants. Plus they are usually kept wonderfully humid, so I was a great place to kill some time before my afternoon meeting in snowy East Kilbride.

The sori (groups of spores) are especially visible against the light of the glass house roof.

The dense foliage and often awkward light gave me a great opportunity to brush up on quickly adjusting my settings too (I'm often far too happy to rely on auto).

I'm not a huge orchid fan (too showy) but a shot of acid yellow in the white and grey day was nice

Can anyone tell me what this is?


  1. Great idea to beat the snow!!!

  2. Salt stains ruining your boots!? You're a marine biologist, surely all your footwear is already have rusty? (Mine is)

    1. I object to having to wear rigger boots on my forays to Glasgow, and I don't like the grit ruining my Scarpa's.