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Which way? so difficult to decide....

Which way?  so difficult to decide....
Which of these beautiful tracks to take over the machair?

'Machair', a gaelic word, describes an extensive, low-lying fertile plain made up of a combination of grass and sand (mainly made of shell) which has been blown inland from beaches and mobile dunes.

For many thousands of years, the machair has been sensitively managed by local communities. Machair is used for seasonal grazing (mainly by cattle) and sometimes crop growing. This traditional management sustains superb displays of summer flowers across wide expanses, and provides a habitat for a wide range of nesting birds. Visitors are encouraged to stick to tracks such as this as part of the careful management of the machair.

Machair is one of the rarest habitats in Europe, found only in the north and west of Scotland and Ireland. Almost half of the Scottish machair occurs in the Outer Hebrides, with the best and most extensive areas in the Uists, Barra and Tiree. This is the approach to Ghrianail/Greenhill beach on Tiree.

Thérèse, Larry Drummond, Richard Schultze, Les's Photography AKA aligeeach and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


11 comments - The latest ones
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
The one that leads to the Carrots is best.
2 years ago.
Liang 卢信良 has replied to Stormlizard
I agree! :-3

Gorgeous capture!
2 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Any rabbit would just go down the middle!
Great story thanks!
2 years ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Your excellent image has been seen and admired in:
Pictorials
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Gorgeous landscape!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
2 years ago.
Jean-michel N
Jean-michel N
ask the Rabbit...or follow the bird.
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
A walk back in time.. and rather evocative.
2 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Very, very well observed - and photographed!
2 years ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
So inviting....................I couldn't resist following one of the tracks. Beautiful scene, beautifully photographed.

A really interesting description as well............i've never heard of Machair, but I'm glad it's being looked after properly.

I assume Rabbit was leaping on ahead of you :-)
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld has replied to Keith Burton
Keith, there are no rabbits on Tiree, only hares! (there was however a visiting Rabbit)
2 years ago.
Keith Burton has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld
Does that make him an invasive species?
2 years ago.