No jacket required…

19th March 2023

A bright start and very light winds this morning meant that it was ‘Free the Fleece’ day with no shell jacket required. Light winds meant that the mountain hares were happy to relax out on the hillside and I managed to snap a few shots of them ¬†and their changing coats.

Slightly cooler temperatures meant that the snow wasn’t quite as soft and wet as yesterday – In some locations it was starting to firm up. Cover is limited on the hills around the Glenshee Ski Centre but further to the NW, the higher mountains of the main Cairngorm plateau are still holding onto extensive areas.

A trace of new snow is forecast to arrive overnight but it will thaw fairly quickly as the freezing level once again rises above the summits. Staying unsettled for the next few days with low pressure in control and a number of fronts rolling through.

Distant view across towards Cairn Toul

Distant view across to Braeriach

Looking over to Ben Macdui and Coire Sputan Dearg

Distant view to Beinn a’Bhuird

Glas Maol plateau at 1000m.

Lepus timidus – The Mountain Hare

Mountain Hare enjoying the calm conditions

Mountain Hare keeping an eye on me…

Vole holes and tunnel – used under the snow but now on show


Comments on this post

  • Stan Intihar
    20th March 2023 1:29 pm

    Hey there.
    Though I should be doing this much more regularly, considering how much I look at these forecasts, I guess it’s very much a case of “better late than never.”
    Thanks so much for the detail…I particularly liked the mare focus today.
    Keep it up.

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