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Squirrel with no tail

Tail-less Squirrel

This evening, I have chosen a very unusual if somewhat bizarre topic of animals with missing tails.

The garden (back yard) of my property is increasingly becoming a wildlife reserve with squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs and many varieties of birds.

In recent time we have noticed a very strange phenomenon as manifested in animals without tails. We have recently become aware of a grey squirrel without a key appendage and last year we had a young fox with similar disfigurement. Why these deformities have occurred in such a compact area is a complete mystery. The animals seem otherwise to be in good health. Read more on Deformed Wild Animals…

This evening, I am focusing on the very historic Christian site at Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond, about 45  mins from Glasgow. The present church building dates from 1875 but this is just the latest of a series of churches on the same site commencing with the visit of St Kessog in AD510. The antiquity of the site is evidenced in the Viking era (9thC AD) ‘hogback’ grave-marker in the image immediately below.

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Today, the thaw has at long last set in with temperature creeping above zero for the first time in ages. That is the good news. The downside is (a) grey and overcast weather, obvioulsy  not conducive to photography, and (b) a domestic crisis in the form of burst water pipes consequent upon the thaw.

This evening, I have decided to depart from topical matters to a quick overview of one of my key interests, namely prehistory as manifested in stone circles of which Scotland is home to at least 142.

Stone circles are unique to the British Isles and France, totalling about 390. We do not know for certain why they were built although latest thinking is for some sort of quasi-religious function providing a link between this world and the next together with a possible astronomical use. Many are close to or in sight of water.

I hold the builders of these constructions in great awe. The Stone Age was just that, with no modern tools. However, there must have an organised social structure able to harness, motivate and manage the large workforces necessary to locate, move and shape the heavy stones all at a time when people lived day-to-day in close harmony with the environment.  The circles and related structures were built from around 4000BC to 1000BC. Below is a selection of images and videos from my tours.

This image shows Croft Moraig in Perthshire which is easily accessible. The first phase of this circles dates from 3000BC.

Croft Moraig

Crof Moraig, Perthshire

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