We saw Aberdeen at its best, at least for our one full day there, in sunlight and under azure skies. Far from being the monochrome, grey granite city of repute, the sunlight brought the stone and the city to life.
Once again it was a whirlwind mix of culture and wild. The city centre has lots of monumental buildings, photogenic in the right light …
… and especially down by the docks, the cityscape is enlivened by equally monumental street art.
Union Terrace Gardens, recently remodelled, provided a wonderful pocket of green, set off by impressive modern constructions:
And the gardens themselves are full of interesting plants, and plenty of insect activity. What’s not to love about a garden that features apparently deliberate ornamental plantings of Timothy grass!
Out then to Old Aberdeen, a world away from the bustle of the modern city into the historic seat of learning, and modern place for leisure and pleasure.
Attractive buildings and cobbled street scenes in abundance are laced with the ever-present colours of Fuchsia…
… and the lovely Cathedral of St Machar, with its impressive ceiling, stained glass and rough stone walls.
Nearby, the Botanic Garden. There is no truth in the rumour that our trips are planned around places like this! Just as with Dundee, the garden is full of light and life, colour and interest.
And almost next door, into Seaton Park, a mix of cultivated ‘wild’ and natural green space, the latter running down to the wildness of the River Don, with Goosanders and the sound of rushing water.
But as is so often the case it was the ornamental gardens forming the main focus of insect activity:
Back to the Fuschia, it was interesting to watch the way that Honeybees were getting the nectar without delivering on their side of the pollination bargain, chewing through the base of the flower tube to get at it. In fact, on close examination, almost every flower had been on the receiving end of nectar thieves.
But as we headed back to the hotel, so the sun disappeared, cloud was spreading in, and change was afoot, ready for the next phase of our holiday, the two-day journey home…