A Palm Grows In Scotland

artwhiz47

Hamburg, United States

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Actually, many places along the west coast of Scotland have flourishing palms & other tropical vegetation, a fact which always comes as a surprise, if not a body blow, to most Americans. This photo was taken from The Shieling Restaurant in Gairloch, Wester-Ross, Scotland, a town which sits on the 57th parallel, or thereabouts. This is comparable to cities in Alaska ~ Sitka, for example, is also at 57 degrees. The west coast climate can be fierce with January gales & bedevilled by fogs, but it remains temperate & rarely gets much in the way of snow. This is due to the influence of the Gulf Stream which brings warm currents up from southern climes. It hugs the west coast of the Island of Britain & provides a more or less inviting atmosphere. The presence of protective headlands can also help keep tender vegetation out of the reach of the worst of the sea gales. Lush gardens with a variety of plants – from palms & Bougainvillea to eucalyptus & mimosa can be found at Logan in the Rhinns of Galloway & at Inverewe near Poolewe just north of Gairloch.

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