Wednesday, 6 November 2013
The 2013 Challenge, day 8: Through the Gaick Forest (1)
I headed South out of Dalwhinnie, pausing just before I reached the junction with the A9 to take this photograph of General Wade's bridge (the name Wade Bridge on the map is a bit of a giveaway) with the snow-covered peaks of the Dalnaspiddal Forest in the background.This part of Scotland is full of forests which have no trees in them, and people sometimes comment upon this. A few years ago, however, I was on a course at the Civil Service College in Sunningdale for a week, and there I got to know the Chief Tourism Officer for the New Forest. (He said that after ten years in post, he still hadn't figured out if he remit was supposed to be to attract tourists or to repel them; but that's a different story). Anyway ... he explained to me that the English word "forest" derives from a Mediaeval French word meaning "hunting ground"; and that there is therefore no reason at all why a forest should have trees. It might have them ... but it doesn't need to have them.
That kinda makes some sort of sense, doesn't it?