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    Cool Autumn Colours on Loch Tummel

    Autumn Colours on Loch Tummel


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    "Autumn Colours on Loch Tummel", said Allypally's post on the meets section and that sold it to me. I like autumn colours of course (who doesn't?), and I'd never been on Loch Tummel before. Two good reasons to get me up early on a Sunday.

    It was lovely and sunny on the drive up, but by the time I reached the put-in the sun had gone for the day. Never mind, the trees were still in fine fettle, and there was AP waiting at the lay by with her boat already inflated. I was expecting an Ally but it turned to be a Gumotex. An a nice wee boat it was too, more on that later.


    It didn't take long to get the canoe off the car and into the water.





    Heading for the island.









    We went round the wee island, circumnavigated the big island, then landed on it for a cuppa.





    This island is called Ar Dun, so there was probably an ancient hill fort on it.








    While AP got her Kelly kettle up to full steam, I went off on a five minute fungal foray, having spotted some interesting specimens.

    Red Toadstool.





    Another Red Toadstool.





    Red Toadstool from another angle!





    Grim Goblet Mushroom.





    Lesser Pale Mushrooms.





    Brown Deathcloud Mushroom





    Needless to say, I didn't pick any of these for my lunch.


    Woodland scenes of Ard Dun island. A remnant of the ancient Caledonian forest clung on there. It looked like it would be a nice place to camp.











    Back at the boat.





    Anyway, by the time I got back to the beach AP had the furnace blazing and the tea made. So we sat and had a cuppa and some very nice cheese doughy things.

    After which we decided to swap boats for a bit, to try them out.


    View from the Gumotex.





    AP in my Prism.





    AP's inflatable turned out to be a delight to paddle. It was fast and responsive and fun to use. And comfortable! A very versatile boat.





    Trees etc.





    We swapped back into our own boats after a while, and headed on up the loch.








    An Italian villa on the shores of Lake Como. That's what I thought it looked like, anyway.





    A huge black inflatable canoe parked on the side of the loch.






    Schiehallion in the clouds.




    Onwards.





    More pictures of trees.










    It is a lovely wooded part of the Highlands.



    All too soon we were back where we started from.





    Where we found a stray kettle.





    And a Galapagos finch.




    (Some of the species identifications made in this blog may be less than ideal, but I'm doing my best!)



    Looking down the loch.





    So we got our boats deflated/car topped respectively and parted company.


    On the way back I had a look at the narrow end of the loch, which looked like it would be a good place to paddle as well one day.






    As Harry Lauder once wrote: "Oh by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go..." He was a mean individual though. My grandad once worked for him. But I digress.






    That's all really. It was really nice to get out on the water and have a relaxing paddle amidst all the autumnal splendour. Big thanks to Allpally for suggesting it and for providing invaluable local knowledge and good company (plus tea and cheese things, and a go in her boat!).


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    Nice one Gordon.

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    I love your natural histerical ID's.

    I know you know what they are: the red spotty ones are made for gnomes to sit on or fairies to live under or caterpillars to sit upon whilst smoking opium.

    The amazing galapopagos finch is such rarity, did you report it to the Daily Star?

    The brown death cloud is actually edible and can be eaten more than once! Being a variety of Bolete, but ID needs to checked thoroughly.

    The grim goblet mushroom can grow quite large, legend has it that once they reach maximum size, a black hole develops at the bottom of the recess, don't go there!



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    Another grand day out. A bit of sunshine would have sharpened up those autumn colours, but the soft version was still lovely.
    Keep on paddling
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    Very pleasant!
    Covering as many malmiles as possible before being distracted by the pub!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meirion View Post
    Nice one Gordon.
    Ta.

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    Another grand blog - invaluable hints on fungi too - appreciated, I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dougoutcanoe View Post
    I love your natural histerical ID's.

    I know you know what they are: the red spotty ones are made for gnomes to sit on or fairies to live under or caterpillars to sit upon whilst smoking opium.

    The amazing galapopagos finch is such rarity, did you report it to the Daily Star?

    The brown death cloud is actually edible and can be eaten more than once! Being a variety of Bolete, but ID needs to checked thoroughly.

    The grim goblet mushroom can grow quite large, legend has it that once they reach maximum size, a black hole develops at the bottom of the recess, don't go there!



    Leucopaxillus giganteus, Giant Funnel

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    Thanks for that, Doug. Good to hear from a fellow wilderness expert and natural philosophiser.

    I think Noddy (Enid Blyton not Slade) had a house in one of those red toadstools?

    I'm just glad I didn't put my finger in that Giganticus Leprechaun Funnel! I was tempted, but I didn't.

    Oh, and I forgot to mention the banyan trees.

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    So many good memories for the whole family. Nice one Gordon



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    What the neck, here are a couple more. I'll manage somehow to bore all of you




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    Quote Originally Posted by Crow View Post

    And a Galapagos finch.




    (Some of the species identifications made in this blog may be less than ideal, but I'm doing my best!)
    I believe that to be a Cinclus cinclus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Nick View Post
    Another grand day out. A bit of sunshine would have sharpened up those autumn colours, but the soft version was still lovely.
    Keep on paddling
    Nick
    Thanks, Nick.

    A soft day - that's a great Irish expression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Very pleasant!
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patterdale Paddler View Post
    Another grand blog - invaluable hints on fungi too - appreciated, I think.
    Thank you. Here's some more invaluable information I obtained on a wet bike ride yesterday.








    The deadly ones all have evil sounding names so you can avoid them. Or you could if they were labelled! Best assume the worst and eat nothing unless you have Ray Mears with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sundowner View Post
    So many good memories for the whole family. Nice one Gordon

    Cheers, Ingo.

    I had a look at the caravan site on the off chance you might be there, but there were no signs of life.

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    Looks like a pleasant place for a paddle - especially with all the autumn colours around!

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