Photography Commission for the Woodland Trust
31st July, 2018. After a long dry spell here in eastern Scotland, the weather has finally broken across the country, just in time for a job in Scotland’s “temperate rain forest” – the oak woods of Argyll. The Trust hired me to provide new coverage of the old oak and birch wood on the slope above the village of Crinan in one of Scotland’s more attractive corners. Given that much of the interest centres on its rich bryophyte and pteridophyte floras, the prospect of visiting the wood during a drought wasn’t too enticing. As it happened, a mixture of heavy showers and sunny spells was just ideal, reviving the greens and making the place look quite enticing. The biggest surprise of all was the near absence of midges.