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Aye, Conic?

Due to the shitey rather variable weather this year, Richie and I haven’t been out in the canoe much.

However last night, noticing the forecast wasn’t bad and that it was a clear night, I texted the big guy and suggested we maybe go over to Loch Lomond in the morning. Although it was a bit cloudy and misty, off we went at early o’clock and did a circumnavigation of Inchconnachan (see BLFP passim)

The sun did have repeated attempts at shining through but never quite managed it.

And so with the prevailing light far from ideal, I still managed a few half decent photos.

I have Christened the tree below, the “Lonesome Pine”. It sits on a promontory on the north west side of Inchconnachan.

The lonesome pine of Inchconnachan with Conic Hill (Balmaha) in the background.

The lonesome pine from the opposite side. Glen Luss in the background.

As we took the photos I speculated that perhaps this is the very pine referred to in the collage depicted in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park road sign? Albeit the tree in the sign has a bit of a ‘stoop’

I took the following photos from the NE shore at Inchconnachan

Big log!

Roots

The lonesome pine is by no means the only Scots Pine surviving under adverse conditions. For instance here is one which seems to thrive at Jimmy Savile burial angle:

This one seems to have a root problem:

It was good to get my ‘fix’ of the Loch and its islands. This may be one of the final trips before the winter lay-off.

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