• November 2011
    M T W T F S S
    « Oct   Dec »
  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 285 other followers

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Reviewers’ Comments

    "Great read every day. Makes me smile as Rab muses about music and his irreverent views on the EU. Tune in, you won't be disappointed."

    "Excellent 'Blog' which can be controversial at times, while maintaining it's humour. Keep it up Big Rab!"

    "Updated every day with doses of good humour, political satire, a running commentary on the progress of author's home football team and his life."

    "Pure brilliant, so it is - I never miss it, though God knows, I've tried."

    "An inspiration to start my own blog"

    "For dipping into it's better than pakora sauce"

    "Anyone who doesn't like the EU and has a soft spot for Albion Rovers can't be all bad"

    "Facile and False"

    "Populist,puerile and prosaic"

    "Utter pish! Keep it up, I love it!"

    "People may also find the Ben Lomond Free Press blog illuminating, interesting and/or amusing. It’s not mentalist as such but familiar themes emerge. I particularly like accounts of encounters with strange elementals (of course! ELEmentals!) from elfin safety. And the fact that the blog is run by someone who plays in a blues band called Harmonica Lewinsky."

  • Hit Me!

    • 1,326,492 hits since January 2008
  • Top Rated

  • Advertisements

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!


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.


One Response

  1. I love the Big Log and Roots photos. I wonder what the story of those trees is.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: