Patterns in Nature

In the Caledonian Forest, or indeed most natural ecosystems, it is often the whole landscape, or the large features within it, that makes the strongest initial impression. However, it is in the details observed close up where the patterns of growth, development and behaviour are sometimes revealed, offering insight into the deeper workings of nature.

 

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Growth pattern of alpine clubmoss (Diphasiastrum alpinum) on the high ground in the north of Dundreggan.
Common haircap moss (Polytrichum commune) with spore capsules on Dundreggan.
Detail of the gill ridges on the underside of the cap of a trumpet chanterelle (Cantharellus tubaeformis) in Glen Affric.
'Eye' pattern, where a branch used to be, on the trunk of a birch tree on Dundreggan.
Some sawfly larvae, such as these of the poplar sawfly (Trichiocampus grandis) on an aspen in Glen Affric, feed gregariously like this.

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