A little snow and ice is not enough to put Sarah and I off taking a low level walk in the Creag Meagaidh National Nature Reserve. The walk into the Coire Ardair along a well-defined path up to the crags of the mountain itself was the objective – nothing too long given the short daylight hours of January and dull conditions which would mean dusk would be early.
The area is being slowly reforested with native tree species, linking up fragments of ancient woodland and individual trees of considerable age, despite their small size. The gnarled trunks and coverings of moss and lichen are indicators to how long thees birch trees have coped with the harsh mountain climate.
The Munro from which the nature reserve gets its name is behind Sarah in the image above, together with Stob Poite – perhaps one of the most unremarkable Munros I have climbed.
Snow or not – the landscape is breath taking, even on the first day of the year, with winter conditions dominating.
In contrast, here’s roughly the same panorama taken in August 2015 when I tackled Creag Meagaidh, Stob Poite and Carn Liath as a circular walk around the nature reserve.
Roll on the spring and longer days!