Bob Law’s Blog: Lockdown – Nature in Glasgow

The Park Pond. Glasgow

Even during lockdown nature can lift your spirits, especially in Spring during a long run of perfect days. Walks or cycle rides from my house in the West End of Glasgow have revealed a wonderland going about its own business, unconcerned by any human malady.

New buds spring into life, mint fresh green leaves unfurl in a range of different hues and pond life roars back into action again after a dormant winter break.

Flight Pattern. Empire of Birds seagulls

The golden avenue of daffodils along Great Western Road never fails to lift the spirits. Skyward, even opportunist gulls can be seen soaring in a blue cloudless sky – bringing confirmation of a heaven above. The only heaven I normally require anyway.

great western road bus daffodills

The peace and tranquility of quiet roads, even main ones, free of traffic, often turn mid afternoon into an early morning vibe with just a few folk, venturing out during the early days of the lockdown, visible in the distance. Sometimes a friendly subdued wave, a smile, or other acknowledgement, like distant ships passing in a wide ocean, just to remind each other of our shared humanity.

Forth and Clyde Canal. Great Western Road. Glasgow

An hour long cycle ride to Clydebank or Dumbarton and back, along the canal, feels like a fresh new world unfolding, with birdsong in abundance and a still clarity in the air.

Young Roe Deer

Wild animals, encouraged by the new silence in urban areas venturing back into city woods and parks like never before, including deer spotted quietly feeding in the middle of Drumchapel.

The Beauty of Mallard Ducks

Ducks  enjoy a less manicured, park pond free of the usual monthly maintenance efforts.

On The Ridgeline. Deepest Blue

Although it will be good for society to go back to near normal I will miss this period of quiet reflection in an increasingly busy world.

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