River Forth, Gartmore

It’s been a bit wet here recently.

However we thought we’d go for a walk today, and headed for the Fairy Knowe near Gartmore; we thought the car park that we often use, despite being not that far from the River Forth, would probably still be accessible. We took the 4×4 car, but decided even that wasn’t going to get to the car park at the bottom of the track:

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, 5. December 2015 (click to see the full size pano)

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, 5. December 2015 (click to see the full size pano)

In May, those trees were… err… not in the river:

Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, May 2015

Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, May 2015

Also, the Forth is normally much calmer than this:

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, April 2015

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, April 2015

This is from just a few weeks ago:

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, November 2015

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, November 2015

The Forth runs very low at times, and it’s possible to get to the sandbanks in the middle of the river without any difficulty:

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, April 2015

River Forth, Fairy Knowe, Gartmore, April 2015

Of course, for me this is just an interesting and unusual experience – I do realise that there are many people who are experiencing real difficulty with flooding, whether in Tamil Nadu, Lagos and Dar es Salam, or elsewhere in Scotland or northern England and Wales.  As the link on Lagos and Dar es Salam describes, global climate change is clearly very real.

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